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Looking for some advice on Iwagumi layout

So this is my first real iwagumi tank, and I'm looking for some advice or opinions on my layout. Should I add a few more rocks, or position them in a different way? I feel like maybe 2 more small rocks would help fill in the aquascape a bit. Any suggestions???



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I feel like there should be one more mid-size rock in the middle somewhere.
Otherwise looks great.
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I feel like there should be one more mid-size rock in the middle somewhere.
Otherwise looks great.
What plants?
Equip?

Agreed, other than needing one more med. sized rock in the middle, it looks great.
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I would move the small rock in the middle to the forward and a little left. I would move the small rock on the right more to the right.
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I feel like there should be one more mid-size rock in the middle somewhere.
Otherwise looks great.
What plants?
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My thoughts exactly
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I feel like there should be one more mid-size rock in the middle somewhere.
Otherwise looks great.
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Great advice, after looking again I totally agree. I tried something a little different with the leaning spear-point type rock in the middle, but I'm not sure if it adds to the composition or if it is distracting. What do you all think?



I think I'm going to go with a glosso carpet over most of the tank, with either hairgrass or blyxa in the background. Lighting is an Aqua-Medic 150w Metal Halide, filtration an Eheim 2224 with Cal Aqua Labs lily pipes, and a pressurized Co2 system with a Rinox diffuser. The Eheim actually doesn't flow as much water as I'd like, so I'll probably upgrade to a larger unit soon. I also might go with a 250watt metal halide, as I've had problems growing glosso before - it gets a bit leggy b/c I have to hang the pendant pretty high above the water surface.

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Looking better

I would slope the substrate to the back left corner more, and maybe fiddle around with the middle rock, it looks a bit out of place IMO.

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I like it much better. I think when plants are filled in that middle rock won't seem distracting. This should be a nice one to watch grow


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I like it. I like your choice of rocks as well as the way that you have scaped the substrate with a nice slope for depth. Looking good .

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the rock in the middle thats pointing to the right, I'd turn it so it faced the back a little bit more. Other than that its great, the one in the middle just stands out a little too much, it draws your attention there and keeps it there.
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the one in the middle just stands out a little too much, it draws your attention there and keeps it there.
That's what I'm thinking too - whenever I walk into the room my eyes go directly to that rock and Its hard to feel the overall flow of the whole tank. I think I'll pull that rock and try one that is a little more subtle. Photos will be up in an hour!
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I like this cant wait to see this fill up

One month in.
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I like this cant wait to see this fill up
same, its going to be a real nice scape!
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shoot, my light is acting up on me and I can't get it going long enough to get a good photo. The bulb will flicker a couple times but then just die - like it's not getting enough juice or something. Does anyone know if this is how Metal Halide bulbs kick the bucket, or is my ballast going bad or something?
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I don't know anything about MH's, but my guess would be the light or the ballast like you've already said, so I'm of no help
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