Yea I agree about there being more room for coral placement in 1st scape, but I really like the look of the mountains leaning into each other in scape 2, I can probably exaggerate that look a bit more when I get to actually gluing it together with polymorph plastic. I’m thinking maybe I can combine them sort of? Like this.
I have an icecap gyre 3k in the mail and I’m using a jabeo 10000 return pump. I have 3” nozzles on both the returns and I have a check valve so if I have to move them off the surface a bit I might be able to pull it off
I like the hybrid one. It’s nice that it draws your eyes away from the center of the tank and has two peaks/mountains to focus on. If you are worried about dead spots between the mountains you can always get a small jabeo pump and add it to the back glass blowing through the center of the high area. I believe that would take care of dead spots.
I like them both but I would like to know what lights you are using. Knowing the lights can tell what sort of shading and how coral placement will go. Ive planed a few variations only to find out that my plan didn't work with my lights/corals.