After Christmas I will be acquiring a new 65gallon tank with overall dimensions of 48" long by 18" deep by 18" high.
I have a piece of driftwood that I got a while ago that I would like to use in the tank, it's about 24" long by 9" deep by 13" tall.
The board that the driftwood is sitting has the same footprint as the tank I wish purchase.
If I place the wood at an angle across the rear corner I create a large space that will not be very visible from the front of the tank, but could be used to hide the uptake for my canister filter, the heater, the spare sponge filter for my quarantine tank, etc. as seen below:
The alternative would be to section the piece horizontally to leave the two swimthroughs at the top, and then chunk up the base for scatter pieces, like so:
This would give me all the wood I needed for the tank, but I think it kind of ruins this great piece of natural wood.
The more I look at it, the more I like the thought of using it as one big piece.
It leaves the other end of the tank open for heavy planting with a large swimming area in the middle and gives shy fish a place to truly hide, as well as providing a centerpiece on which to theme the tank.
The argument against it would be that it's half as long as the tank and simply fills up a large amount of the available volume.
Any thoughts would be welcome.