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New Enough..Please help

Ok so I have been keeping plants in my tank for about two years Ive been lucky enough to even keep some of them alive and well...but what Im wondering about is some of the philosophies of the planted tank. What is iwagumi? I have never heard of it until I read a post about 2 min ago and if I have never heard of it before. Im sure that there are more styles out there if anyone has a link page that describes some of the styles I would love to learn more about them...I understand the basic biotopes but there is a lot more for me to learn than I know. Sorry that I have earned(EARNED) a bad reputation here in the short time that Ive been a member but you all have a wealth of knowledge that I hope to absorb some of. Thanks for everything.
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Iwagumi itself is simply the art of stone arrangement. It does not necessarily have to apply to planted tanks. Some people like to apply the principles of iwagumi to tanks. There are many categories of iwagumi, none of which I really understand.

(Disclaimer: the following may not be accurate. This is just what I have gathered)
Within planted tanks, there are two main well established and described styles; nature aquarium and dutch aquarium. However, there are many tanks that draw from both or neither and still look great. The nature aquarium is Amano's style. The goal here is to make the plants look natural, random, and unplanned. A design that looks like it was not designed at all. The dutch aquarium tries to mimic a painting, using staggered/stacked rows of plants. Both styles look great, IMO. Here are two articles on the two styles:

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