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As title states, I can't figure out what to do with the manzanita. That is actually two pieces of wood and I also have another piece. The tank is a standard 5g

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You'll have difficulties with the manzanita no matter how you arrange it because the branches are too thin compared to the size of the gravel granules. It's a losing battle for the twigs unless you replace it with wood that is much larger.
 

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you could get a few slightly bigger rocks, make a kind of pile of them in a corner and have the branch inserted into them and sticking out? making it raised might look better as the plants in the back are overshadowing it
 

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The other piece looks a lot better.
Try placing it in the tank in a couple of orientations and see what fits.

The first piece might be used as an addition to the main piece, but lets see the big piece in there by itself, first.

Ditto: The gravel is too large for the tank, as well as too large for the small wood.
 

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The tank is actually my brothers, I'm just trying to help him out. I'll try to convince him on a smaller substrate

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Yep as everyone has pointed out the scale of the tank is thrown off by the larger granule size. When working with smaller tanks you have to take into account the scale of everything more. Its easier with darker substrate as it would blend together more but the ones you have are all different colors so its really noticable how large they are. You can do what solcielo said and use sand as that would give it a much better look and is easy to do!
 
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