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Don't know how difficult it would be to keep them in one aria(if that is preferred)
but 55's and 29's seem too open at the top unless something is done/w that space
at least on one end of the tank. Saw one that the owner had found a piece of driftwood which was L shaped enough to place it so it looked like a tree/w a limb
stickng out towards the middle(had the virtical part against the left end) and had a couple of Java Ferns growing on the "limb" which was about 3/4 up to the surface.
But a few Frogbit or Red Root floaters would take up a bit of that open top space.
Not so much as to interfer much/w light.
 

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Too symmetrical. Move the driftwood over to one side. I like Raymond's suggestion that you might lean it up as if it were a tree trunk. Alternatively, make a convincing mound of stones on one side and prop the wood up against them as if it were flowing through a stream and got snagged on a rocky outcrop. It would look quite nice to have some plants growing out of a mound like that.

The driftwood you have is a great home for fish. Nice job with that! Now get it out of the center of your tank!
 

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the log has 2-3 stones in it to keep it sunk. Its about 2 months old. The Tire Track Eel loves it. He basically never comes out of it, under the log or on the left side.

I do plan to make it swivel up more on the left (the L part of it... more up... and I want to get a certain time of stone. I am not sold on the lavastones.

I was thinking of getting river stones from a Garden Center. compare the two sizes - get a handful of the larger ones, and 3-4 handfuls of the smaller one.. build it up.

I am hoping the swords in the back will balloon up to cover the back (red flame swords)

I had some more green lush plants in the front, but was shipped after the whole polar vortex (2 weeks later) and it melted a short time after (split the plants into a high end tank, and that 55 gallon that I am presenting now.

I am looking for something to fill in - I am never happy with a smaller bushier medium to low sized plant (not ground covery either)

Java fern on the driftwood... just cover it ? or along the back? if so what variety would you choose?
 
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