Wow, this is looking good and you can tell it's not your first rodeo, I want to come back and do some more reading about the light, filtration, etc. but it looks as if your off to a great start.
Thanks, I've done a few decent tanks. Nothing I'm proud of yet, save for a 1st place I got in a planted nano aquascaping competition at my club. There wasn't a heck of a lot of competition though.
Didn't change anything drastic yet, but after a few days of thinking on it I move the two branches that were reaching into the forground. I found them a little overbearing. Also notice the difference look to the lighting with the main XML off. Just the neutral and royal blue running, but I can mess with them too. Both are running at about the same current. Reminds me of Pugman's LED colour.
I think it looks much more open now, before the branches in the front were overwhelming. I think I also created a better arch over the pathway. It's hard to see the path as it sorta runs back and to the right. The tank is scaped toward my seat on the couch.
I'm going to try to use the plant bushes to break up the vertical-ness of the wood. I find the right section has too many "trunks" but the upper portion looks pretty close to the way I want it.
The only thing I want to work on now is a few spots here and there of the rock work where it looks man-made/less natural, and also where the rock piles up at the right end of the tank. The intakes for the closed loop are hidden, but it throws the balance off. So I might change the rocks even if the strainers will be exposed. The rocks are much more obvious anyway, so I need to have them looking good.