I am worried by you sump design. The pump chamber seems very small and may suffer pump cavitation due to water starvation. You need enough sump volume to allow for evaporation and drain down from the display tank during a power failure. With the rather high walls on both side sides of the pump chamber you substantial reduce the sump capacity. Not seeing dimensions on your drawing but given the tank dimensions you need at least 8 gallons of space in case of a power failure. That does not include possible water in the lines depending on how far you are pumping to the display tank. Knowing how a sump works is very important to understand before the final design.
I think I like the anemones spread apart in #2. I also think the fish will get more highlighted with that coral structure front and center. The Magnifica is a bit less featured in this arrangement though, but maybe not with the separation from the BTAs.
Is this tank going in a different spot? If the same, I like the Magnifica toward the window then.
I can recommend him to anyone who wants a custom, innovative and meticulously built tank.
These systems are his babies, so you also have to accomodate his ideas.
That being said, my life expectancy dropped 5 years since I ordered this tank. You can't expect to have the project on time. Not even remotely close. You also can't expect the original budget to stay the same.
I can recommend this guy to anyone with a good flexible budget, open to new ideas and that can wait a looooong time.
I liked the red trim for a few minutes. Then I began noticing that it helps to visually mark the limit of the top of the tank. At a certain point, less is more.
The glass is extra clear and the glue is invisible precisely to help to visually reduce the limits of the tank. The same with the tank being an inch inside the cabinet, the goal is to hide the sand line.
I would have preferred the tank to have no brace at all, but that would mean a much thicker glass.
I think I managed to persuade him to leave the bubbles where they are.