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post #1 of 54 (permalink) Old 02-17-2014, 11:33 PM Thread Starter
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Critique my rock layout please :)

I emptied out my 5.5 gallon tank and decided to start fresh. All opinions are welcomed! I'm planning to just have a carpet of Dwarf baby tears again.
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post #2 of 54 (permalink) Old 02-17-2014, 11:40 PM
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Those rocks look awesome! Needs to be a heavy carpeted layout going up the sides of them...great start to a tank.
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post #3 of 54 (permalink) Old 02-17-2014, 11:53 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks! I'm not done adding the substrate yet. I have ammonia powder to finish off the substrate before I get more critiques
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Looks great! Nice stones
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post #5 of 54 (permalink) Old 02-18-2014, 01:57 AM
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AWESOME! Really looks amazing! Cannot wait to see this tank!
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post #6 of 54 (permalink) Old 02-18-2014, 03:42 AM
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I really like this setup! If I had any critiques, I would say to move the left rock closer to the glass (just a bit) and move the rock on the right behind it slightly. I think this would help give a sense of depth in such a small tank!

Simple and elegant!
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Is this supposed to be a classical iwagumi layout or something else like a mountain scape?
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post #8 of 54 (permalink) Old 02-18-2014, 05:03 AM Thread Starter
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I guess a little of both lol I like the iwagumi style where it's simple and the rocks is the "bones" of the tank. I'm not exactly what defines as a iwagumi tank but Iv seen it like a mountain scape as well.

There's 6 styles of iwagumi. I guess my tank would be the 4th style?
http://www.aquajournal.ro/static/www...mi/styles.html

Tank cleared up after couple hours. i tried moving the rock on the right and all the substrate from the back dumped on the baby tears lol
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Would be cool if there was a couple more inches left and right you could make a vicious threw way in the middle path between mountians. Love seriyu

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Thanks! there is a middle path but its small and narrow lol i think once the dwarf baby tears carpet it will show better
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I'd give it a 5/10. The biggest problem is that the focal point of the entire work is the tip of that rock. Everything is pointing toward it.
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Thanks for your feedback! Tip of the rock as a focal point is what i was aiming for. I saw a few examples at last years AGA competition. Here's a few example.
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Those aren't good examples of good art. You should imitate something much better. Otherwise, you'll follow in their wrong footsteps.

Follow your eyes. Where does it look? Does it focus extensively on one area? Does a certain feature pull your eyes toward it even though you want to look at other features? If it does, then that's a problem.

Ideally, the eye should be allowed to wander and casually wander back to the focal point. None of the examples do that. They all force the eyes to look at one spot. The last example is better than the others, but suffers the same problem.
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I wasn't imitating those tanks. It just happened that why when I started stacking the rocks together lol. That last one actually got 1st place. And the several top 10 tanks also had that focal point problem. Can you show me an example? Im not sure what you mean.
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