I've never really tried my hand at planting a tank with any purpose in mind - got a few plants in a little 6g that seem to be growing okay, but that's it. This tank will be in my living room. I desperately want it to look 'pretty'. The tank is currently cycling, so it's an empty slate at the moment. I've got the start of an idea, but I don't know how well it would pan out in the long run. Tank is 32g. 31.5" long. 13.75" wide, and about 17" deep. I have easy access to a variety of fairly common plants - crypts, java moss, anubias, etc through a LFS. What I'm thinking of doing is putting some sand up front, leaving it an open area mostly, with a couple of 3.5" terracotta flower pots placed on their sides - one at either end. Then in the back, a deeper substrate, a combination of regular aquarium gravel and flourite - both are dark / black. But I don't know what plants to choose, where to place them, etc. I *think* I'm going to have gouramis, neon/cardinal tetras, and otto cats. Probably.