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Hardscape mock-up opinions sought

I'm setting up 40 breeder NPT tank and will be using CO2 with it. I'm using Texas holey rock for the hardscape (because I like it, and it's free, lol). I'll be picking up the tank later this week, on PetSupplies Plus's aqueon sale.

So to get ready, I went through several different layouts of rock for the hardscape last night, and ended up with a three that I really like, but I thought I'd bounce them off of the community to get some other opinions. The cardboard background shows the size of the back the tank (the blue tape represents the top of the tank, and in the overhead shots, the front of the tank is just past the blue tape). Also, the cement tile that part of the hardscape is on will likely be replaced with some ceramic tile siliconed together or something like that.

Would you take a look at these pictures and give me your opinions? Here's the album:
Dow's 40 Breeder Album
and here's a key to the pictures:
pic 1: layout 1 overhead
pic 2: layout 2 overhead
pic 3: layout 1
pic 4: layout 2
pic 5: layout 3
vid 1: layout 3
My favorite is the last picture and the video. Sorry, but I didn't take an overhead shot of that one.

Thanks again for your thoughts.
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NPT = natural planted tank; Waisted method tank.

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You might have trouble controlling KH/pH with the Texas holey rock. That said I agree that the last is best

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You might have trouble controlling KH/pH with the Texas holey rock. That said I agree that the last is best.

If I had softer water, then I'd be tempted to agree with you, but my water's so hard that you can almost use it to wet sand with. According to my new API test kit, KH of my tap water is about 286 ppm; GH is 482, and PH is 7.2. Based on those numbers, I suspect that the holey rock might actually grow in the tank.

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Yeh I think last is best but I would like to see all the towers leaning the same as the pointy spire in the far group. Showing flow direction maybe?
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