Originally Posted by lbannie
I believe I have 40 pounds of rock in my 40 breeder tank. This December it will be up for 3 years. I'm getting a little bored with my rock arrangement. I don't seem to have any room for more corals. If I rearrange the rockscape can I take some out?
I'd definitely rearrange it. Not because it doesn't look nice but because you want to. Variety is the spice of life after all.
If you're up to it, consider dividing your rock into two parts: two thirds on the left and one third on the right with a small open space, clear to the glass between them. It'll be almost like a lagoon area. I would build out the larger portion of rock on the left into a wide slanted "U" shape so it juts out into the front sand right before the open area. This would create a mini open sand area on the left with a portion of live rock separating it from the main open "lagoon" area in the center-right, with an uneven island of rock at the far right to maximize coral placement.
The idea is to break-up the flat wall against the glass and give the layout different areas of visual interest. The left side would be different from the right and the center left would have the most rock while the center right would have the least.
I've noticed that fish and shrimp behavior can sometimes be much easier to notice in this kind of arrangement. Animals that claim one section of rocks will almost have their own home as opposed to just a different room in the same house (like that made any sense!). When an animal moves from one side to the other it seems mire dramatic. Like it's visiting a different reef. This can be greatly enhanced by placing groups of corals or coral types in one area or the other, but not in both. You could have a cluster of toadstools in one spot, xenia in another, LPSs in it's own little colony, with zoas and palys as the gypsies going wherever or having a grove of their own. Anyway, just throwing some ideas out there for you.