Based on some of the examples I've seen here and online, I've decided to hardscape my tank to a degree. To me (and my wife) this means the appropriate natural stone, driftwood and plants. I'd be grateful for opinions:
1. Should I shoot for any particular rock? Are there types I should avoid?
2. I've read that the proper type of driftwood can add particular benefits. Is this true, and if so what varieties are best?
3. I get that a planted tank can be a complex scenario. I want to ease into it properly, with manageable plants.
Until now my interest has been the fish first and the mechanisms needed to keep them alive second. The only decorations I've used are present to break up the the starkness of it all. Links are welcome!