Join Date: May 2015
Location: Central Michigan
IME,spiderwood is kind of difficult to scape with if you don't have the perfect pieces. Most pieces are either just the "branch" part or have good branching with a pretty substantial base that can be tough to scape around or hide. The base takes up a lot of real estate.
That piece of wood is nice but it doesn't leave you with much of a substrate to work with. If the only plants you plan on having are going to be tied or "planted" on the spider wood, I suggest having a light sand substrate like ADA La Plata sand, other brands of light colored sand will do just fine too, even very clean play sand looks good, IMO. Use the wood and plants as the center piece and the light sand as your contrasting foreground on all sides.
This next bit of advice may make you nervous...cut that piece of spider wood into 2-3 manageable sized pieces that have nice branching to them, making them smaller but increasing the perception of scale and the potential of the scape. I'd then place them in the back corners with the branches facing the front-center of the tank creating a natural "valley" of sorts in between the the pieces of wood that goes to the back glass, separating the two areas. Elavate the back corners with the substrate of your choice and border the elevated wood with appropriate sized stones being mindfull to leave the "valley". Fill in the rest of footprint with a shallow bed of light colored sand. The shallow lighter sand will help make your scape look taller, increasing depth perception
Densely "plant" the wood with some narrow or needle leaf java fern, put nana petite in the crevices of the rocks. Maybe some crypt parva or similar sized ground cover around the base of the driftwood in the substrate used to elevate the wood. Then a mini/micro species of moss to cover the branches if necessary.
That's how I would do it. Post some pictures throughout your thought process and people should be able to point you in the right direction.