For the rock work, i fancied using branching LR instead of my usual 'pile of rocks' aquascape.
None of the local shops had proper dead rock available, so I was a bit limited. Went with Caribsea's life rock branches in the end. They're okay, but the branches are too similar in size and shape and the rock is pretty damn hard so a bit of a git to cut or drill into other shapes.
£100's worth doesn't look like much:
I had in my head a sort of bonsai tree shape like this, except covered with SPS instead of leaves:
It was impossible to create though, the branches are just too heavy to for that kind of structure.
In the end I settled on this vaguely tree stump like structure:
I'm not happy with it at all, but I was really losing the will to live by this point. It's just so hard to work with. I think it will look alright in a couple of years when it's got some coral on it and it does leave plenty of space for fish and water flow.
My 5 year old girl told me it looked like Tamatoa the crab from Moana, at this point I'll gladly take that as a compliment!! 👍
Just hope it holds together...