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Critique my Iwagumi layout

Over the weekend I played around with some layouts and came up with this. Let me know what you guys think.






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post #2 of 43 (permalink) Old 05-21-2012, 07:34 PM
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I vote #2
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I really like #2. #3 is a close second
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post #5 of 43 (permalink) Old 05-22-2012, 09:39 AM
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#4 looks the best in terms of both sides linking together in the scape.

What ever scape you use, im sure it will look great

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#4.

#3 is almost the same I think? But that smooth sided stone doesn't look right.
#1 is too symmetrical IMO.
#2 is nice but the left makeup looks too man-made.
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I really like #2. #3 is a close second
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#4 looks the best in terms of both sides linking together in the scape.

What ever scape you use, im sure it will look great
Thanks, I purchased some 30 pounds of stone from a member here. I plan on doing a hardscape only shrimp tank sometime this summer, I need to get the hardscape set before going any further.

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#4.

#3 is almost the same I think? But that smooth sided stone doesn't look right.
#1 is too symmetrical IMO.
#2 is nice but the left makeup looks too man-made.
Thanks for your opinions, this is extremely helpful.

I like #4 too. 3 is the same except for the smooth stone,
#1 the stones on the right are too big and seem to take your attention away from the center.
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On second thought, try switchling the left-most rock on #4 to face the other way. Looking at it hard #4 resembles a smaller of the first, looks a bit strange. flipping the rock may also help add more directional tension and bring the piece to attract the eyes to overall.
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Do you mean the one on the front or the one that is pictured in red or green.? I would think green.

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#4. I agree with Bunfoo, #1 is too symmetrical.


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Number 3 or 4.
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No. 4 looks like the right one!
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id say #3 or #4. good hardscaping either way!

two pointers to mention. mock-scapes tend look way different prior to adding substrate so try to keep that in mind. also, make sure you wet or spray those rocks before settling on a scape (if you havn't already), quite surprising what a bit of water can do to change the appearance/color/texture of them, i forgot this step in my recent layout and i ended up with an very unwanted white patch on one stone.

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Yup, the green one.
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Number 3 or 4.
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#4. I agree with Bunfoo, #1 is too symmetrical.
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No. 4 looks like the right one!


Thanks for the opinion guys, I will go home and make some changes and post more up.

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id say #3 or #4. good hardscaping either way!

two pointers to mention. mock-scapes tend look way different prior to adding substrate so try to keep that in mind. also, make sure you wet or spray those rocks before settling on a scape (if you havn't already), quite surprising what a bit of water can do to change the appearance/color/texture of them, i forgot this step in my recent layout and i ended up with an very unwanted white patch on one stone.
Thanks for the tip, Once I have the hardscape nailed down. I am going to be trying 3 different substrates, not sure how I am going to do that, but the idea will be to simulate the textures and color contrasts.

I washed all the stones and didnt find odd patches as such, but I will mist them and take a look before i finalize it.

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Yup, the green one.
Cool, I'll post a pic up of the flipped one once I get home. Thanks for your help, it is greatly appreciated.
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