Creating an aquascaped planted tank that's visually appealing isn't as easy as it seems. So, a few questions. 1. Generally, what is the focal point: parts of the hardscape, or plants. In all of the pictures I've seen it appears it' the plants and the rocks and/or driftwood are the accents. 2. How do you make a part of the tank slope? If you're using an area of deep sand isn't that going to create a deep sand bed issue? And, how do you keep the sand in place without it slowing sliding down? Do you keep it in place with rock holding it back? And, if you have an area that's sloped, is that part of the focal point? 3. I wanted to add a red lotus but I can't see it being anything but the focal point due to its eventual size and color. However, I keep reading that red plants should only be accents. If I'm correct in this assumption, I shouldn't add a red lotus. 4. If you do a convex scape, should the tall areas (left and right) be created with the same plants? That seems so symmetrical. That's it for now and thanks for any advice you might have.