Is it possible for newbies to do advanced/iwagumi/Dutch planted tanks like these??
I came across an Aquarium Group on Facebook (from Asia) and was shocked that many newcomers got their first tank look as stunning as these. I've been in the hobby for 3 years and of course I'm still learning, but I never got my tank to this level. I womder how they could make this so easy!
One of the friends told me those were not technically their tanks. So he told me somewhere in Asia there's service that sell the whole tank (including aquascaping, livestock, and equipment). They design the aquascape the way customers want. All you need to do is maintained the tank as instructed. That's why many of these tanks look professional. But the customers never admit they got someone to do that for them, they always claim it's their work. Don't get me wrong, I'm not judging, it's just what I've observed.
So I wonder, did you succeed to get to this level when you first got into the hobby?
Here's some of those tanks.