Yeah - it's TX holey rock, probably better suited to an African Cichlid tank, which I may do eventually... I also have jungle vals, tall Crypts and other stuff that gets tall to break up the rock.
Viewed from the right (where the couch is), the wood will also obscure the rock a little. From dead on, I think the focal point will be the void in the rock section filled by background wood, about 1/3 from the bottom and 1/3 from the left.
I'm thinking a few plants of assorted heights on the left, back right to be packed w/ tall plants, then I'll add some HC or HM or dwarf sag or whatever I can get my hands on locally. I've also got another sack of sand coming, so I can do a bit more of a slope from back corners to front/center.
The lava pictured on the driveway is actually stacked under the holey rock. It's there to do a little advanced denitrification (anaerobic nitrate->N2, O2) as well as to prop up the other rocks.
Of course plants (+ algae & tank crud) will help soften the whiteness, I'm sorry I sounded so harsh, I do like the wood & rock layout. A nice balance. Can you prop the wood a little higher, maybe push the right end deeper? It seems a bit all on the same level across the tank if that makes sense, yeah, nitpicking, lol. I can do it to other people's tanks sometimes but not my own.
Thanks! I often have the same thoughts about the "hardscape" -
I wish I knew what that plant was. It's something my son-in-law gave me a cutting of. It's pretty fast growing and gets reddish if closer to the lights.