Picked this 75 gallon at the dollar a gallon sale. Then I had a brainfart. I wanted a DIY background but wanted it to project into the tank (not just stick out from the back glass 5-6 inches like most do). The seams in most DIY are well hidden but i wanted to make sure I would only have one seam. So I got lucky. Floating boat docks have massive pieces of stryofoam under them. Good ole craigslist came through and someone was selling 8' x 4' x 3' ft pieces from a demolished one . I bought two. Thats not a typo... eight foot pieces.
So I whipped out my trusty dremel and carved, and carved... got yelled at by the wife and carved some more. Styrofoam is messy.
Then I got some pigment, some drylock and some vodka. I had two other half completed backgrounds I simply chunked in the dumpster. They weren't going a direction I liked. So the following pictures are my third, and completed attempt.
What remains is to silicon seal them to the glass. Repair and paint the one seam clearly visible in the pics ( the center divider prevents you from putting a whole piece in) and pic the plants. Thats where you guys come in.
Now everywhere you see the glass bottom. Im going to put MGOPM, or whatever its called. A thin layer on eco complete and capped with good ole kitty litter. Bonus: got permission to grab a bucket full of local river gravel, therefore should match the foam background well. Ill put it on top of the kitty litter.
The driftwood is where I need help. Its located on the golden ration line, But just left of the driftwood I need something to fill in that gap between the wood and the background. I think the wood could use some plants, but need input on what would look best.
That blue glove is located on the other golden ratio line. So my question is do you think this tank needs a second focal point or not. If so, im wide open to suggestions
Now the only plants i know for certain are going in are ludwigia on the far left and marsilea minuta in front of the driftwood. Im open to all other planting advice.
Next up, angle shot:
The angle shot shows the flow of the tank generally being back right corner to front left corner.
The top shot: this styrofoam was in the middle of a field. It had some natural weathering. Mother nature knows best, so I kept all the divets and holes intact.
98% of all those holes (all of them, not just the big ones) are natural. As you can see i have a powerhead tucked inside one of them. The water line will be high enough to half way fill those holes, so i need some circulation up there. Im gonna plant something ( suggestions?) in those holes to be a fry refuge. Its high up in the tank but wont get direct light. If needed I can move my 36" T5HO over to help grow out whatever I plant.
Obviously I got some cleaning to do (styrofoam dust everwhere), but before I went any further I wanted input from you fine folks. Here are the rest of the specs:
Sun Sun 304b 525 gph canister filter
2 aqueon 150 watt heaters
DIY CO2 (citric acid/baking soda) on DIY reactor ( yes im insane, but saving up for pressurized, so dont be too judgy)
48" Finnex planted plus (can add 2 bulb [39 watt each] 36" T5ho if needed)
2 power heads
SO there you have it. Its still early enough I can change stuff, id like to know what you think. Perhaps the driftwood is a mistake? Remove the entire foam thingy on the right? Whatever your suggestion, i am all ears.