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Old 08-13-2012, 01:31 AM   #16
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I would definitely cut it down. It is off balance, and brings too much attention at the waterline.. it would look odd. Its not like some long wavy branch sticking up, its the entire piece.
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Old 08-14-2012, 05:28 AM   #17
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Its a very interesting piece. Honestly I'd avoid cutting. I'd explore every avenue before I did that. It might involve rotating or flipping but the appearance as is without fresh cuts seem more natural. I definitely wouldn't cut the bottom. As mentioned, I'd bury a portion to allow inhabitants to use the wood as shelter. I agree with the balancing part though. Having a rock formation or a slope with tall plants to transfer the flow from wood to plants. You could probably even partially or fully cover the top portion of the branches with moss or something similar and perhaps blend it into a taller planted background. I have seen some very weird pieces of DW but this weirdness is what sets one tank apart from another.
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Old 08-22-2012, 04:28 AM   #18
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Sorry for the delayed response. I've been busy!

I ended up cutting down the left side about 3 inches.


Full aquarium:

With substrate:

Entire aquarium:

Here is an album with a few more photos: http://imgur.com/a/3OsYm

I've got a couple of rocks I want to place, but other than that, the hardscape is basically done.
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Old 08-22-2012, 05:19 PM   #19
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Looking good !
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Old 08-22-2012, 05:22 PM   #20
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looks even better after the cut...
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