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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 02-13-2013, 09:30 PM Thread Starter
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Iwagumi layout, opinions needed

Hi, Im trying to reallise my first iwagumi scape. before starting I think i've read almost the entire internet about it..but reading and having a feeling for it is somewhat different lol.

anyways, atm im stuck on this layout for a few hours and i would love some opinions from the experts. so please dont be shy to comment, should i do something different? am i missing something?

Personally im in doubt of the positioning the 2 stones (the 1 right of the biggest stone and the 1 infront slidly left of the biggest stone.

here are the pics, cant wait for the comments!!


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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 02-16-2013, 12:00 AM
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How did you pay for the stones? I think the layout looks good. Glosso would be a nice foreground plant.
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It would help to have the view from the front of the tank - the same view a person seeing your tank would have. Right now it looks like a collection of very nice stones with not much connecting them visually. You might want to group them together more but I cannot tell from this angle.

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Iwagumi layout, opinions needed

Put them close together and make a volcano style!!!
Can you tell me what substrate are you using in there?
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Try to get the stones to lean in the same direction. Or group them together, make them into the main focal point of the tank. It would look better imo.
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Two closely formed vertical groups on each side, or one unified offcenter group. Get as much height as you can.
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post #7 of 9 (permalink) Old 02-18-2013, 01:27 PM
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Have the stones lean in the same direction.
Put them a bit closer together. Leave more open space on the right and front.
The front stone may be too small. The plants may hide it and then you will only have 4 visible stones. We must always see an odd number of stones.
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post #8 of 9 (permalink) Old 02-21-2013, 02:37 PM
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Do a search for Iwagumi here on this site. I looked at a lot of
Iwagumi setups. There is a certain meaning to the concept layout.
It consists of a large stone and two smaller stones. One being
smaller than the other. And the grouping is important. Your
two smaller stones are the same size. On my setup, I made
sure I had the right stones and spent over 3 hours on my setup.
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post #9 of 9 (permalink) Old 02-24-2013, 03:39 PM Thread Starter
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Hi, thanks for all the advise. I changed the layout and this is the result.

Im aware the second stone could be slightly bigger but sadly the perfect one whas hard to come by.

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