I have a love - hate relationship with Shou stone. This stone is really easy and incredibly difficult to work with all at the same time. It sits there and screams at you to use it in an aquascape and you look at it's color's and textures and character and go "sure man, I'll totally use you in an aquascape." So then you realize that to use it in an aquascape you have to invest in another setup, because well, your stuff in your other tanks has grown in, and you can't possibly displace those stones because you like those stones too much too.
Of course, once you get everything finally ready, and start messing around with the layout of the Shou stone, you realize that half of your pieces are just near useless because Shou stone comes in one shape: flat. So naturally you end up racking your brain on creating illusions to get rid of the flatness. Of course the rock doesn't want to cooperate with breaking in a nice fashion, and just chisels away like slate. So you're stuck with flat stones that form pillars. Awesome. Fan-expletive deleted-TASTIC. So then you think "well I have excess Seiryu stone that could be used just as easy and then that little voice in your head is like "no way man, you've totally already used Seiryu stone and you'd be bored...plus the whole point of this project was to use Shou stone!"
This describes the nature of my love-hate relationship with Shou stone.
So then you have a list of plants you want to use in your setup but as each layout evolves and is tossed and is re-organized and fine tuned you end up marking off more and more plants from that list since well, they just don't fit your layout. The layout just goes "yeah, nope, sorry, you'll completely destroy my effect if you do that." I also have to add Shou stone is horrible to try to mix with driftwood. My advice is to not try it.
My idea for plants so far is a mixed carpet of some sort. Hair Grass is a definite as it's texture seems to flow well with the nature of Shou stone, and most probably HC. I originally wanted to mix Glosso and riccia somewhere, but that probably isn't going to work too well. And UG's texture probably will work too. Most definitely I'm thinking about micro chain sword and narrow chain sword as well, though those are probably going to end up background...something red would be cool but I have no idea on that part right now, so i'm open to suggestions.
So, i'm tired, and normally being tired is good for random musings, but I'm tired. So, here's what I've scraped together that seems like it'll work:
Critiques/suggestions/comments/impressions/hey that's cool/that sucks welcome as always.
By the way! My ADA sticker isn't crooked this time.