I'm looking for some input on whether to use my center rock or not. Some may have seen my build thread on this tank here.
For those who haven't, here's a bit of background info. It's a 90 gallon tank, in wall viewable from both sides. The rocks are made of pvc, egg crate and waterfall foam. Filtration is a 100 gallon sump in the basement. The stocking list may be affected by my decision on whether to use the rock or not. The trouble is, I have to put the rocks in before I can slide the tank in the wall. Once it's in, there isn't enough clearance to add or remove one of the rocks. Enough talk, here's the pics:
With the rock (dining room side)
Without (dining room side)
With (living room side)
Without (living room side)
The way I see it, there are advantages to both. I like the look of the center rock, but I know it's taking up valuable swimming room for the fish. I think a moderate amount of Demasoni may like it though (20-25). Another advantage to going with it, is that I have made it big enough to put a pump with a prefilter on it in the bottom of the center rock which should help pick up debris and fish poo blown in from the usj in the bottom of the two end pieces. The advantage of going without is obviously the space gained and a cleaner, less cluttered look. I could make a small cave system, that would only be 7 to 8 inches tall to put in the middle, to help break it up some. I don't think any real rocks would look at all right next to these man made formations and I don't want any plants in the tank, real or fake. I'd love to hear some opinions. Thanks for looking.