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Old 03-04-2013, 04:35 AM   #31
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Keep the substrates level high! You'll soon find out that things are going to level out as you plant. After filling/planting is done you're going to see that all the soil levels have dropped maybe an inch. Also the high soil level adds much better depth to the tank. Looks excellent. You're on your way. The great thing about nice stable rock structures is that when you're bored of the plants you can pull up the plants and try new combinations without messing up the hardscape very much.

The plants are totally your call. I'd throw some staurogyne porto velho (all time favorite plant) and hair grass in the back and do the rest with a mixed hc, hair grass, riccia carpet.
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Nailed it! Please tell me you are doing only HC. Throw a whole carpet of HC in there and that would be awesome.

I like the high soil also.
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Old 03-04-2013, 04:38 AM   #33
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I am not a fan of that much substrate in the back. If you are going to plant tall stem plants they will not have much room to grow. I would remove some of it and drop the rocks down a bit otherwise it looks really cool.
Yes, I have taken that into consideration. Nothing real tall on the plants plus, once the water get's in on this, things will def. be settling / sinking .. I have a ton of HC so, that will be used in a fair portion of this... Mostly lower growing plants basically.
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Old 03-04-2013, 04:41 AM   #34
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Looks like you have some nice stones to work with. Keep the "grain" of the stones consistent and you will yeild a much more natural result. Male it look like it has been there for 60 million years.
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Here's is one of my Planted tanks that I will be using the HC for this and YES S. Repens
most likely as well ..
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Old 03-04-2013, 04:47 AM   #36
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Ahh! I love the last transitioned look..had I been you, would have gone for 4 species for this - HC (FG), Repens(in ridges) , UG and parvula(for the BG)
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Old 03-04-2013, 05:46 AM   #37
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Nailed it! Please tell me you are doing only HC. Throw a whole carpet of HC in there and that would be awesome.

I like the high soil also.
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The scape looks amazing! Good job
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Old 03-04-2013, 11:26 AM   #38
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The straight lines on the left look out of place, but it's still better than I could do.
It reminds me of outcrops in Kosciuszko national park or parts of Kangeroo Vally. Even parts of Scotland.
It's pretty cool.
OMG yes! I just went to Kosciuszko last week. I took so many photos of rock formations.
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Finally had a little time to switch a few things around here using the Current Rocks I had.
I think the Left side is a bit better now even though, I know it doesn't coinside with that right side. Should it though in this particular type of scape ?? Still going to get some additional rocks here to work on this. On the front Slopes, maybe some rocks sloping
downwards ?? I forgot to mention here that I will be top dressing the substrate here as well to fill in a bit more etc.. I'll probably be adding some more around the Right side here as well ....
Hmmm, I still like the way you had the LHS rocks in the first pic. Though this is better than the second I agree that it doesn't match the RHS. And I say 'yes' to your question that it should match. Do you wear odd socks?

I'd keep going.

Can I ask why you want to add more substrate? Or where specifically?

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Old 03-04-2013, 11:43 AM   #40
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Keep the substrates level high! You'll soon find out that things are going to level out as you plant. After filling/planting is done you're going to see that all the soil levels have dropped maybe an inch.
Really? I didn't know that. That would be so bad. Putting all that work into a hardscape and the substrate sinking. I was going to say that I wouldn't go any higher in amongst the rocks because the plants will hid a lot of them as it is.

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Old 03-04-2013, 11:49 AM   #41
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Looks like you have some nice stones to work with. Keep the "grain" of the stones consistent and you will yeild a much more natural result. Male it look like it has been there for 60 million years.
I'm certainly not going against your advice with the grain but I will say that I was on a trip up mount Kosciuzko last week and noticed that the rocks here were not cracked and laying in the same plane as each other and were noticeably less uniform in direction. So maybe it is more asthetically pleasing but perhaps not necessarily more natural. There were also literal pile of rocks (as the summit of Kosciuzko is) in a 'random' pattern.

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Old 03-07-2013, 02:08 AM   #42
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You've been working at the left side to augment the right.
The large stone that is angled with striations in it is dominant and
I think it contrasts with the ride side formation. To me they look
like two different compositions, which detracts from you total
layout as being one unit. I think you should try and match the
white color of the rocks on the right with white facing rocks for
the left. The rock with the the striations needs to be subdued and
less prominent. IMO.

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