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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-27-2012, 02:00 AM Thread Starter
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Just picked up an awesome piece of wood...what else should I do?

While browsing craigslist for something totally unrelated, I found a guy selling a large piece of driftwood from his old cichlid tank. It fits really well into my 90 gallon, but I still have a lot of space left over.

I plan on planting the tank pretty heavily and I want it to have a more natural look when its finished (as opposed to a 'gardened' look). Anyone have any suggestions for what I should do over on the other side, and what do you think of the wood placement? The wood is flat (it was cut from a larger piece) on the bottom, so it looks best in the position its in. Should I get more wood, or some rocks? I might go and check out a landscaping supply place tomorrow and see if they have any cool rocks.

Also, that thing that looks like its in the substrate on the left is just glare. The tank is only substrate and the large piece of wood at the moment.
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-27-2012, 11:40 AM
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The wood is so unique I would do small rocks (or none) and plant heavy and tall on the empty side, low in front and to the right of the wood, medium height behind it and glue small anubias in some cracks on the wood.

Nice find!
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Nice looking wood. Micro swords planted around it so they spread out I think would look nice. Then you can add what ever else you want to it. With a nice chunk like that I wouldn't cover to much if at all.
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No advice sorry, but that's a great peice
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Here, I made you a stupid little drawing of what I'd do with that wood

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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-27-2012, 05:00 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks everyone! I'm definitely going to be putting some anubias on the wood, it has such perfect places for them to take root. You're right though Kyrol, I definitely don't want to hide much of that wood, its a beautiful piece.

Microswords sound like a great idea for around the wood, I've always loved the way they look. They remind me of sea grass...all I would need is a giant sea turtle to complement it

I think I'm going to make a raised platform to go in the back left to give the substrate some 'altitude', and I'll go look at some rocks today after work.
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