Advice On driftwood placement

Gillyfish

New 75 gallon from Black Friday. I like the manzanita in the corner but I’m not sure about the big driftwood stump. Thought about moving it all the way to back right corner or to the left in front of the manzanita with the branches coming from behind. Don’t mind the plants floating I have to place the wood before I plant them. Need advice. What would you do?
 

KingOscar

I like the 2 sides approach you have going. First, I'd spin the branchy piece around so the branches are reaching towards the side. Stump centered (front to back) on the other side. This leaves a nice open area in the center for swimming that would also make the tank look larger. Maybe flip flop the two depending on tank position in the room, and how the pieces look when flipped. Post pics!
 

A201

IMO, need maybe five or six good sized rocks to complete the hardscape. Rocks & wood combined really ties an aqua scape together.
 

LightBrownPillow

Either what KingOscar suggested for the 2-sides look, or if you want to bring the wood pieces together, doing so it in the center of the tank (or just slightly off center) with lots of plants on the sides feels like it would be a nice balance.
 

Mudminnow

I'm with A201. It's very hard to make an engaging hardscape with only two pieces of driftwood. I suggest getting more materials to design with.

I saw a video where Josh Sim compared aquascaping to making something with Legos--it's very hard to make something amazing with just two blocks.

Hardscape aside though, I think one can make a great aquascape with minimal hardscape or even no hardscape. You'll just need to use the plants well.
 

CMT

I've got a similar "branches on one side, stump on the other" design in my 75. Complemented with rocks. Here is a picture if you'd like to see it. The plants constantly grow and I trim them a lot so the look changes but the hardscape stays.
 

Gillyfish

These are the same pieces I had in my 55. I ended up taking the stump out and having 2 branches on both ends. I may end up doing that again but I’ll have to get another branch. I stuck a few plants in it and my light will be here Wednesday. May let it grow some and see what I want to do. I want it to be heavily planted so it’ll take a while to get where I need to be anyway. I’m sure I’ll change it several times.
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jmaldo

Nice beginning. It can be very frustrating waiting for plants to grow.
Just have fun and eventually it will come together.

Here is a start pic then after a year.

Feb 2017
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April 2018
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Good Luck!
 

Gillyfish

Nice! Here is my 55 before I tore it down. Wasn’t finished with it but it was getting there.
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