Pros and Cons: Iwagumi vs. Nature Aquarium
Just thought I'd share a few of my problems Ive found so far and hopefully some other people can comment- I hope this helps those new guys/girls make up there mind. Whenever I first got into planted tanks and this forum was after seeing a video of Amano's tanks online. I wanted to have that perfect looking NA that had the driftwood with all the bolbitus and Java ferns and moss. I loved the effect that the bright vibrant foreground gave with the contrast to shaded areas provided by the crypts. Time and time again even to this day I look at videos and how beautiful and perfect the tanks always look. Then I saw the iwagumis and thought... Ohh those look awesome too, but to simply. Well, heres my experience so that maybe you guys can relate lol. I went out and bought all the equipment and different soils and whatnot, put them into tank and set it all up perfect!! Filled it up with water and when I walked back 5 feet, I HATED what I saw. Over the next two weeks I bought more and more and more plants hoping that eventually the tank would look good. Once it finally got the point where I liked it, I saw another video and tried to implicate even more things into my tank which in turn made it worse and then being restarted again. So now I'm at the point where I have again purchased many different stems and will try to get this baby looking good, but at the same time I am contemplating tearing it all apart.. My aqua soil and power sand are mixed, my substrate line isn't perfect, my foreground... Well you get the point. Do not wind up like me people, Its a never ending process!!! Now someone kick me in the rear for being so ocd, but I'm thinking of planting everything and if it doesn't grow out rite, take it apart and go iwagumi.. What are you guys thoughts??