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I would place some Scarlet Temple Alternanthera reineckii behind the rock in the very back on the left, some Brazilian Pennywort Hydrocotyle leucocephala behind the tall rock on the right in the back, some Cryptocoryne parva on the left behind the rock behind the lantern, and some also in front of it. behind the front rock on the right I would plant a Cryptocoryne wendtii, on top of the rocks  I would glue a mix of Anubias nana petite, and Anubias nana Golden Coin, and I would also plant some Cryptocoryne parva in front and to the right of the front rock on the right so that it is sort of a half moon shape around it.

All of these are available here:

https://www.aquariumcoop.com/collections/live-plants

For a carpet plant I would use Staurogyne repens, but I would leave the dark path and the front and a bit on the side of the substrate clean and would probably use some accent pebbles as well as a mix of the same shade of the substrate and just slightly darker.

Takes me back to my days when I used to do strict Japanese style aquascapes. I hope this can serve as an inspiration to come up with your own design, of course you can use any and all I typed if you like it,

 

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A mix in size, color, and texture makes for a more interesting aquascape. Generally planting in groups makes for a less "chaotic" look. Too many different kinds of red plants take away from the big statement a single, or just two red plant species can make. However it is always best to get a guidebook on plants like those by Christel Kasselmann, Peter Hiscock, or Karen Randall so you can get plants that have at least approximately the same requirements when it comes to substrate, water quality, temperature, fertilizer, and lighting.

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16 hours ago, darkG said:

Plants in particular are hard to plan, I think. And any useful software would need to be rather well thought out. Come to think of it, it could actually be doable to have it simulate X months of growth, that would be quite cool...

This sounds similar to the app some websites have for furniture/room design (HGTV has one). You tell it the room type and size, it selects the appropriate furnishings,  and you drag and drop wherever you want. It allows you to make furniture different shapes and sizes too. Replace the "room" selections (living, dining, bed, etc) with "scaping materials" (wood, stone, substrate, plants, etc.). Then within each "scaping materials" section, make different choices available for sizes/shapes/colors/plant types, etc. What a fun app that would be.

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