Planted Tank Obsessed
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: San Diego, California
45p - Blue Ridge - seiryu iwagumi
I find the hardscape to be underwhelming and too manicured. You have 4 stones pointing towards the left diagonally and two countering that to the right. A general but not always true rule is to keep things in odd numbers, and having two even sets doesn't help. As it grew in, you lost a lot of the hardscape on the right and beyond softening it you erased it. I personally feel if you want to do this many stems in an iwagumi scape, you need to have very powerful and almost "intrusive" rock work in order to prevent them from being eaten up. As it stands now, I think wood would have been a better choice as the style is very reminiscent of Tom Barr and his Dutch scapes that use hardscape elements as separators. There's potential, and these are good rocks, but it can be better.