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Cooper's ADA Mini M: Red Butte

Hey everyone, long time lurker here ready to post my first journal. My university's summer break started a couple weeks ago, which means its time for a rescape! My previous scapes have been lacking in the hardscape department, hopefully this scape gets ramped up with help from you guys.

EQUIPMENT:
ADA Mini M (5.5g)
EHEIM 2211
Established Aquavitro Aquasolum soil/ new controsoil
Seiryu Stone
Twinstar 360E
Paintball CO2 w/ Aquatek mini regulator
Dry Ferts (KNO3, KH2PO4, Micros)

Tank before tear down:

[IMG]previous by Cooper Helm, on Flickr[/IMG]

Pretty uninspired hardscape, was never very satisfied with it.

The last few weeks i've been looking for inspiration while hiking, and became interested in layers of rocks like this:

[IMG]inspiration by Cooper Helm, on Flickr[/IMG]

Here are my first couple attempts at hardscaping
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[IMG]mini_m_1 by Cooper Helm, on Flickr[/IMG]

Not a big fan of the sharp rock at the top, but I do dig the base rock. After some more messing around..
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[IMG]mini_m_2 by Cooper Helm, on Flickr[/IMG]

I actually really like this one so far, no commitments though. Here is a mockup of how I would want to plant it.

[IMG]mini_m_2_painted by Cooper Helm, on Flickr[/IMG]

Give me your thoughts!! Trying to make some magic happen here y'all

Bonus pic of my flora/fauna's current living conditions. Something about a tank running in a bucket is actually pretty appealing...haha
[IMG]makeshift_tank by Cooper Helm, on Flickr[/IMG]
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