Hi! Apologies in advance if I ramble too much, I get over excited
New to the hobby, but I've kept varying species of orchid and plants alive and thriving, and planted aquariums for some time now.
I'm building my first enclosure, and it will be pretty orchid/epiphytes specific, false bottom and small reservoir with some aquatic/emergent species.
I'll add some photos of the plant material I have, but my most pressing question at the moment is this large manzanita branch, and how to work it into this project. I saw it in my mind's eye covered with moss and creeping mini orchids, and running into the background somehow or over hanging the water...
I've included photos from a couple different angles, and as you can see, it doesn't fit in its current state, so I know it needs trimming/modification.
So I've come with the request for aesthetic assistance. I don't always have the most artistic eye for underlying structure.
I don't want to ruin the base material, so I'd love to invite feedback on how to cut and trim the wood, or if it should be omitted entirely, saved for a different project?
Here's the materials I am working with, and I don't mean to drift off topic, as I know my question is mostly aesthetics, but for contextualization -
1. Eggcrate background, with black GS/foam and hygrolon. I also have several large natural cork slabs and a couple small manzanita branches if needed.
2. In progress - fans, automated watering, false bottom. I have a fogger as well.
3. I have a 48 inch t5 fixture for light. I also have a 48 in finnex RAY 2 I could swap in place.