Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Salt Lake City, UT
Good attitude! My first impressions of things that stand out the most are basically that the focal attention seems to be right down the center due to the big gap in between the stones. I find myself staring at the back wall almost as much or more so than the actual scape itself. The "V" design isn't a bad way to go, but just basically contributes to a 'generic' Iwagumi feel - which, don't get me wrong, is a lot better than it just looking bad. I have to admit my first reaction when I saw a reef tank guy making an Iwagumi was "oh god, it's going to be rock wall!" And I'm very glad that that isn't the case - it looks like you've put at least a little thought into the layout.
As far as the stones themselves - it's difficult to pick a main stone, it seems that the one on the right side is intended as the main stone, but isn't quite emphasized enough to fulfill that purpose. While the stones surrounding them seem kind of haphazardly laid down - too many of them are going the same direction in the same position (i.e. most are horizontal), which kind of takes away from their impact in general. Which as a result, makes the stones that do have angles to them look out of place, as if they're angled just for the sake of being angled. Overall there isn't a whole lot of transition to draw your eye from point A to point B. It's kind of difficult to pinpoint precisely what is throwing it off, I think a lot of it has to do with the gaps in between the stones (too much space between some, not enough between others), and that the main stone and main supporting stones need to be larger.
At this point, it would probably be too much effort than it's worth to rescape the tank - it's very hard to rescape an Iwagumi with wet soil and a filled aquarium. However, like I said, grow it out, experiment with plant growth and Iwagumi stone layout (maybe practice with some stones in some sand for basic principles), then in a few months when you're satisfied with what you've learned start thinking of a rescape.
Edit - More stones isn't necessarily the answer, it's more about spacing and transition between stones and how they're laid out than number of stones - remember you want to maintain an odd number of stones, as well as an odd number of plants (for that reason i'd recommend finding a nice accent plant to ease the transition between HC and HG)
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