Thanks for the feedback.
I do appreciate and agree that is a lot at first, but in person it doesn't look too "overwhelming"
But im open for re design, that is the entire reason for this thread and setting it up with time to spare.
No worries mate. I wouldn't mind having that setup at all, it's just I have seen (on an aquascaping forum) how you can move some things around and get a so much more pleasing setup. There are certain things that look good to the human eye and if you stick to these things in general you will have a more pleasing design.
I'ts good you have time to set it up so it's 'right'. I do feel your frustration with wanting to get the fish in but knowing you have to wait. I'm in the same place at the moment with one tank of mine.
I took a few days off from playing with it to try and get a fresh look at it. I'll pull everything out and play with another design.
If you do I strongly suggest you have a look at some aquascaping sites and get some general design principles. They are not too hard to follow. Have a look here
. Here is a scape that uses lots of wood and rocks but they are placed so that there are focal point/s and flow. Look at it planted and dry. This
is another great forum for feedback on aquascaping.
But the reason for it being so packed is i'm keeping a krib, 2xbolivian rams, and hopefully 2x keyholes. so i need that separation/limited lines of sight so they will behave. lol
I'm not going to even pretend I know about cichlid requirements, but I'm sure you can have plenty of territories with a clever layout.
and the plants-will be vals/anubias. Vals will be randomly along the back wall, and anubias will be randomly in the foreground. nothing special, low tech, easy set up with some green-that is all i'm going for.
I don't want to seem like I'm on your back here but like you said, this is the aquascaping thread. I suppose what you have to decide is what you want from the tank. do you want it to look natural or do you want it to look pleasing and give the illusion it is natural? You can rarely have both.
If you want to aquascape your tank, random anything doesn't really work. Where you put your plants has a really big effect on the appearance of your tank. It can also help you achieve more 'territories'. For instance, if you have the vals across the back they only block your line of sight to the back of the tank. On the other hand if you had a cluster behind a piece of wood you can make a curtain for your fish. An anubia in the right place on a piece of wood can balance an aquarium.
Anyway, good luck.
I can try and help, but there are better aquascapers than me. Hopefully someone will back me up. The right layout could turn your 'nice' 'great' setup into a jaw dropping scape. You have the raw materials to do it.