I thought I might as well turn this in to a journal, seeing as the woes with it require virtual daily posting. The hardscape was first put in way back in November 2008, long before I knew I would have the time to plant it up. Tank specs: Opti white 60l tank. Tetratec EX700 filter with glass inlet and outlet. Zeolite and Purigen were added to the filter. Hydor 200W in line heater. Substrate is play sand, Xingu sand and Amazonia powder. Ferts are EI CO2 is pressurised via a Cal Aqua in line diffuser. Lights are 2 X 24W T5 at four hours (for the moment). Here is the Seiryu stone hard scape with a bit of ADA hardwood that will blend in with the stems at the back. I had a clear vision of the strata like look I wanted, so I chose the rocks accordingly. With a small hammer and chisel, the rock work was done in about half an hour. I`m not one for deliberating over a hard scape for too long once it is going in to the tank. It is usually an idea that is mulled over in my sub conscious a month or two before setting up, so I usually have a clear idea. Planting was originally Didiplis diandra, HM and HC, back in Jan/Feb time. After the disaster below, I have decided not to use the DD second time round. Here is the link to the original thread: viewtopic.php?f=15&t=3715 Further plant deaths after the early HM dissolving episode suggested to me that the Amazonia was tainted via its CEC, so all of that is gone now. HM stems left floating were fine, yet newly planted ones were starting to turn brown. I have some HM cuttings from Stu Worrall, plus some HC in pots, waiting to be planted out. Plant mass is supplemented by a huge ball of L. brasiliensis floating around. This plant may well be used in my next 120cm project. I think I will make the HC a bit more prominent in the strata of the rock next time round. I have taken out the ADA wood, as it was constantly breaking down at its surface, and depositing a mulm like mess all over the substrate. And it is that this point that this tank comes to another halt, whilst I wait for some Manzanita wood from Tom Barr. Dave.