Originally Posted by FlyingGiraffes
Your water is so clear! How do you do it?
Ahahaha. I was about to say 'purigen', but then I realized...
The rocks have been cleaned and setup again! These were 'Texas River Rock' (or something close to it) from Frank at ADG. At first I could only assume he sold me these because he didn't trust me with the seiryu stone, but they're actually really nice! They have a nice splotchy red coloring to them which adds a certain pop.
I've found though iwagumi is terribly fickle. I go between "This looks really too linear." and "This looks like I knocked down a few too many when I laid out these rocks." On a 1-10 scale, my art talent is a -1. While taking up photography as a hobby has improved that, coming up with aesthetically pleasing layouts is challenging.
Fortunately I've found that using an odd # of rocks, and sticking the biggest one at about 1/3 and tweaking usually yields something serviceable.
And I swear, I'll get some serviceable non-iPod pictures eventually! I'm too afraid to bring the DSLR into a major construction zone that is my basement
(Okay, I really do need to bring a better camera with me to the basement. These pictures are horrendous.)
The background will be blyxa japonica, even though the stuff grows crazy-quick and takes over. I figure selling it I can be aquarium deficit neutral by 2056. Foreground I'm going to try out elataine triandra.