I am VERY VERY frustrated at the moment!
This isn't suppose to happen, I have a new respect for a certain group of people right now.
I got this Manten stone, 10 pounds. I was not happy with what I got, the stuff is too heavy so I didn't get enough for the large tank I wanted to use it in. And I wish I could've picked them out myself, I don't like them and I don't feel like they work together.
Well, I'm in the middle of moving and decided to put my 8gl Finnex reef to rest as I get ready for multiple breakdowns. In the meantime, I figure it's a great chance to utilize these stones with the empty tank sitting around [they don't stay empty for long around here
Never in my life would I imagine how difficult it is to create one of these Iwagumi things. Maybe the stones aren't right, the tank is too tight, or maybe I'm just overreacting and hitting a creative block. I think it would be much easier with a larger tank and lots of stone to work with, but I want to take this opportunity to apologize to all you ADA freaks who I never really took seriously, and for ever considering the 'paint by numbers' concept!
I've been looking at a lot of other hardscapes and following this article
, but nothing feels like it's working out. Maybe if I show you guys what I've done so far you can help me see things more clearly. I think a big problem of mine is that I always have a hard time seeing how plants will work with a hardscape, and I get overly critical about it from the get go.
Here's what I got so far in order of progression, I tried lots of variations in between with more or less rock and different adjustments, and took shots of what I thought looked best...
Opinions? Critiques? TIA -J