Looks great. Having the same issues as you did in mine... thinking about taking my rocks out as well and youre not helping haha. I love hm too, I want two hedges.. one of hm and one of my rotala sp green... slowly but surely getting there lol.
Update; removed the stones and decided I wanted to see more green for a change. Still have between 20-30 boraras brigittae, and added some cherry shrimp. Plants; hemianthus micranthemoides, pogostemon helferi, lilaeopsis brasiliensis, marsilea crenata, eleocharis, hemianthus callitrichoides.
Guess I can no longer call this an iwagumi, not sure how to change the title of the thread.
beautiful job. I too am becoming "less hardscape, more plant"
While I love the lushness of this tank, what the hardscape did achieve was a focal point... maybe use another contrasting plant species somewhere in the rule of thirds to draw the eye... a dark plant maybe on the left third?
Just a though, but I am still jealous of your growth