I have a confession to make.
I hate manzanita. Absolutely abhor it. My back yard is nothing but manzanita for miles, it gets old. I hate scaping with it too, it's just so ... manzanita-y. Don't even get me started on the word "Manzy" either.
My mother, on the other hand, loves it. She specifically requested a tank with manzanita, and the scape that eventually became the mini-M went through about 4 different incarnations, all involving manzanita. I even asked my dad to make a custom ADA style stand with wood veneer stained to match, you guessed it, the color of manzanita.
So the prospect of setting up yet another tank with yet still more manzanita was, well, yeah.
"I hate manzanita" I bemoaned to Frank. (Yes, that Frank, ADG Frank. Why he still puts up with me, I don't know.) "I don't want to do another low tech with java ferns."
"So why don't you do an Iwagumi for yourself?"