This is how my 75 gallon tank started. A handful of Shubunkin Goldfish and a few plants.
When I was a child I kept a goldfish for years in a little 20 gallon tank on my chest of drawers. Twenty years later I found myself again keeping goldfish but wanting something more than a pet swimming around on my chest of drawers. I wanted the aquarium to be a relaxing focal point for my living room but had no idea how to make that happen. All I knew was I wanted some fish in a setting that was relaxing to look at.
Using the internet and some advice from a friend, I did some research on how to set up a fishtank and stumbled across a fascinating new word...."aquascaping"...Wow! What a cool concept! It's like landscaping a garden, but for the aquarium.
After much research about the basics of aquascaping, I began planning my tank. I decided that I wanted the focal point to be a high mound in the substrate about 3/8 from the left side. I went to the local fish store, bought some plants I knew little about, found some limestone rock and arranged my tank accordingly.