Thanks Pekemon, this may lead me to a larger version but along the same lines. I like the idea of a more shallow tank. Being from Florida, if you have visited any of the springs or state parks you get the idea. It will change, I am not thrilled with the plants and there will be some tweaking but I like the premise of it so far.
Godmadefish, I visited a couple of sites where you can have your tank custom made. I would advise against less than the 9 inches. It will not give you a lot of room to add decorations. Remember you are adding an inch or more of substrate and when you add items like the driftwood you may run into some issues. Even some plants may outgrow a shallow tank quickly. There are a host of issues to consider including your filtration, will the tank be tall enough for most filters and on and on. I personally would opt for a 12 inch and leave myself the extra room for a nicer piece of wood and I would have added more substrate sloping it more. Also I would have liked it with a little more depth but that is for the next tank!