I LOVE the process of setting up a new tank.
Although I only discovered it fairly recently. For years I just had the one 70 litre (think that is 18 US gallons), and while I wanted more, it wasn't too practical to expand. Now I have 4. Am in heaven.
I also love the golden ratio and 'rule of thirds'
Had my tape measure out measuring the 200litre and laying it out when I did that this last March. Fun fun fun. Although it always goes slightly pear shaped when the plants start growing in. lol.
My old tank was always a U shape layout. With taller plants at either end and swimming space in the middle.
But now I have one Golden Ratio, one overgrown Jungle and two Arches, where the central features are resin roots, arching to meet in the middle. I would like to try something completely different, like a rock scape (Iwagumi) or a Dutch style (hugely verdant with contrasting colour shape of foliage). I think a Golden Spiral might be my ultimate dream, but the reality is that all my tanks end up looking rather the same. Different layout, and different plants, but somehow... all the same. To me anyway. Maybe I should introduce a few bright red or orange plants, just to mix it up a little. :)
But what am I saying? No matter what my grand plans, I ALWAYS end up just trying to make it comfortable for the fishy occupants - which means more plants and a jungly feel, surface cover and hiding places. haha!
: (Kham) mature setup; betta, purple rasboras, amano and wood shrimp. Heavily planted.
22litre cube tank
: (Tagawa); betta, 1 amano, yellow dwarf shrimp. Pond snails and 1 assassin. Heavily planted.
57litre cube tank
: ember tetras, 2 amano, 1 nerite, pond snails, 1 assassin, doing his thing. Heavily planted.
; honey gourami, cherry barbs, green neons, otocinclus, nerites, pond snails, amano. Heavily planted.