Aquascaping suggestions/additional plants for newly planted 125L

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Planting (and any other) suggestions please for my first tank (well, save for an inherited 19L)!

New low tech 125L setup. Plants have been in for between 1 and 7 days: frog bit, java moss on rocks and driftwood, straight vallis (along the back- save for gap in the middle - and covering filter), anubias bateri, java fern, indian fern (aka ceratopteris./ indian fern - some of which is floating) and water wisteria (hygrophila difformis). Oh and 3 marimo moss balls (not sure these will stay - may move to shrimp tank). I'm planning to take out what I think is the anacharis (it was just in there to help with cycling/ammonia uptake).

It's got a lot of growing in to do, but I'm wondering whether it makes sense to wait or get a few extra plants now. I'm thinking begginer-suitable, low-tech/fairly low light/no special fertilisers (save for weekly Seachem Flourish). Sand over Tropical aquarium soil substrate. Perhaps some red or brown cryptocorynes (Cryptocoryne Albida Brown, perhaps) - maybe for the bottom right, and something red to go just to the right of the vertical driftwood on the left. And more small foreground plants.

Easy-ish red plants seem to include:
Echinodorus Ozelot
Tiger Lotus Bulb (perhaps a good accent plant for the back - contrasting leaf pattern and colours to what's already in there)
Ludwigia Repens Rubin (ditto)
Echinodorus Hadi Red Pearl

Any recommendations? Other suggestions?

Juwel Rio 125 litre, with "pimped" biogravel filter; fluorescent lights (T5s I think - not sure which), plus a cheap 78cm multicolour LED light from ebay. Kept at 25'C. Water fairly hard at around DH14... pH 7-7.6.

(Oh yes - and the improvised straw diffusers will go as soon as I'm allowed back to work to pick up the real thing!)

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Very nice looking driftwood, you could always leave the anacharis in as a background plant. The one thing I would change is the white sand due to it reflecting the light.
 
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Thanks both!

I spent an unhealthy amount of time in the Aquatic Design Centre choosing the driftwood (3 pieces). I think subconsciously I was trying to find a bit (the tallest bit on the left) that looked like part of this...!

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(One for fellow Alien fans!)

The reflection of the light off the sand's not too bad in the flesh - I'm stuck with some kind of sand in any case because of the corys, but will see how I go. I have a few loose bits of soil substrate that came up during the planting - going to be fun trying to tidy those up (or maybe I should just accept them!). I may add a couple of indian almond leaves too.

Maybe I should wait a few months before deciding on further plants...? As with most things with this hobby: patience; patience; and ... patience!
 
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