Level out the front substrate. Build up the substrate to each rock grouping leaving a valley between the 2 left-sided groupings and the right side. IMO your first hardscape looked better, your substrate only needed sloping.
I also liked the first one better but the only thing I would change is you seem to have them in a straight line all the way across I'd move one or two closer to either the front or back glass and leave one in the middle but either way it does/will look good. Amazing rocks
Another vote for your original layout. A little more substrate in the back to create a slope and you'd be good to go!
Thank you guys for your input and I don't want to feel like I'm letting anyone down but the first scape was built with a concept in mind and a time frame of about 30 minutes to do, so I followed general rules to hardscape construction, however, with what I had in mind, this suits it more, also I think the picture doesn't do it much justice (taken with phone).
Thanks vvDO, I was thinking maybe the front substrate on the right was a little too high, so will plan to bring it down a touch.
Well, unlike the other votes here, I think the new layout is perfect with one addition, mosses of various types to compliment the rocks instead of Fissidens.
I think the original layout just was to "straight across" the length of the tank, this one breaks up the whole tank with scale. Having some rocks in the forefront looks more realistic, like nature, it develops where it pleases. The first one just looked "planned by human hands".
Keep the current slopes with short hair grass to as it looks more natural also.
Thank you Statue
I agree, I much prefer this layout as to the other and it was more fun creating. I had more time to visit more reference pictures and try and understand the natural hardscapes and this looks more natural to me than the previous one. Though for the last one, I was going off my head which automatically limited me to the basic rules of Iwagumi etc.
Also, don't worry, its not just Fiss that I am planning to use, still studying the landscapes to further a more ''accurate'' recreation of the natural wonders!