For a very long time, I could not decide if i wanted to do Iwagumi, or dutch. Iwagumi looks so elegant, but it gets a little boring for me. Dutch, or like "Rocky Dutch" would have gotten unmanageable, and its quite hard to use/acquire so many different plants effectively. After pouring through hundreds, if not thousands of aquascape photos, there came only one logical outcome...do both. I will attempt to try both styles in the same scape, and keep them essentially separate.
Here are the adjectives I kept in mind as I was setting this up: vast, expansive, complex, simple, mountainous, jungle, dynamic. Here's what i came up with
Placed the first "mother stone" and went from there.
Here it is partially filled in with soil
and as a precursor to set up your mind to prep you for what you are about to witness. Here's a photo of a cloudy sky
The final product. Please let me know what you think! Left side will be Iwagumi, and it will slow transgress into Dutch. The right side will have two ridgeliines. Mid ground will be a mix of different varieties. Then for the bottom, I'm not sure if I want to do a white sand "pool" or fill it up with a foreground or plants....that's to be determined after i start planting. I actually only used about 60 lbs out of the 120 that I bought. I think you should definitely get more than what you need so that you have more options.