The changes were fairly minimal as you stated. The rocks were repositioned to lean more left. This was mainly to follow the flow of the power head. Did not make sense to really have it leaning against the current originally. By leaning it towards the wood, also thought it joined the two components better and broke up that centering aspect of the wood.
I think moving the rocks helped, BUT I loved the way one sat on top of the other where you had them before. Not they just look like a couple of rock sitting at the back. Do you think you can position them in a similar fashion as they were but instead of the top rock 'pointing' toward the RH corner could it point to the LH corner?
I also tilted the wood on its side more to provide a bit more height. Did lose most of my HC and star grass to the heat treatment so obviously that's gone.
I like the wood since you turned it. The height, as you say, is better.
I have no more wood and don't really like mopani to begin with cause of its thickness which takes up more of the tank than i care for. Until I order a batch of manzanita, I don't think ill be doing much more with wood scaping. I do have more rocks but if I did put that in, I'd have to remove the wood. May do that but I don't have a design figure out and as you pointed out, tough to fix something if you don't have much of a plan haha.
You are going fine with just a change here and there I think. Since it is already set up it does make it more difficult to do a whole rescape. I still think more wood would help, but I agree that you don't want anything too thick. i don't have experience buying wood, but from the pictures I've looked at of manzanita I think it would be perfect. It would be great if you could get a piece that looks like a stump with roots going off it (or make it look like that with your existing wood).
If and when you do such my plan would be to have this feature of wood about a third of the way from the left. I'd then incorporate the rocks to suit.
Agree on the background. I removed the other temp one I had and just haven't gotten around to getting something black for it. But will surely get to it at some point hopefully
OMG the new background is so good.
Debating whether I should move the hair grass though and leave te sand portion void. Also, the crypts are catching and holding a ton of the debris and its a bit tough to vac it out. Need to figure out how to clean that area better it the crypts will need relocation. Suggestions welcome.
TBH I when I first saw the sand I gasped and though 'NO!, what have you done!'. But now I've calmed down. I think it looks better now the black background is in. I definately would not take the grass out, just because the sand area will make void your whole scape like a black hole (but white lol). You won't be able to look at anything else unless you tare your eyes away from the sand. The thing with white sand is that it is usually used to highlight an area or to define an area which is a focal point. By placing the white sand in half of your tank you have more or less cut the tank in half and made two separate aquascapes. If it was up to me I'd siphon it out and put the other substrate back. Then maybe put some back later in an appropriate spot. But it doesn't look horrible.
I like the way the LHS flows in a triangle from left to right.
Also, generally a tank looks better when the front substrate is level. I don't know why, just does.
Can you move your heater behind the wood? it really stands out like a saw thumb as I'm sure you can see.
Now looking at your tank again I think instead of having a focal point as I described above I'd do something like this...
This would make a V where the white sand 'path' is. The brown is wood and I added a few rocks. The path might not look like that and you might not even have the sand at all. But it creates a vanishing point and I think you can achieve this without too much hassle. You can start it now before you find more wood.
Anyway, they are my suggestions.