Offset looks better. Curves always make something more dynamic and interesting to look at.
The symmetry of the design may prove to be very unique when the substrate and plants are added. Even though many try to make their designs as natural
as possible, there is nothing inherently wrong with a design that goes against those principles. I like that you are trying something different and seeing where it takes you.
You will need to have alot of plants to make this look good- I think. Different textures, types of green- etc... I can see moss growing on rock, some buce, anubias petite. that would look great. Too little plants and there will not be a contrast of "soft" material (plants) with hard materioal ( rock) to make the design work.
Is this high tech or low? If high tech could grow some hairgrass, baby tears, or other plant to accentuate the terraced effect from one level to the other. on bottom
Just some thoughts---
Ok so I re-arranged...it’s more in line with the terraced look I had in mind originally. Once I get the cholla and such in there I think it will be fine. And the extra depth I’ll need with the fluval will hopefully cause it to last longer in regards to buffering since I’m using RO/distilled.
Personally, I wouldn't use any wood, you have enough going on with the rockwork.
But, what does the cholla look like?
My mind can change if it is a certain shape or style?
I went back and read earlier posts: no co2. The Cholla wood be nice as a tree on top terrace with some moss on top for shrimp.