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The long waited Iwagumi scaping...

Discussion in 'Aquascaping Journals' started by Jack, Apr 3, 2016.

  1. Jack

    Jack Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Hello everyone, after so many months of busy schedules, finally found some time for getting hands on my Iwagumi try.
    Awaiting the Pro bros here for improving this hardscape...
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  2. lucasgg

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    The overall dynamic looks good, It just needs a dominant stone. At the moment, dominance seems to be divided between the two stones in the mid ground pointing left and right.
     
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    Hi Lucas, lowered the RH stone a bit and raised the centre one little higher than before.
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    I love the effect you're going after. May not be a traditional Iwagumi, but that aside it is definitely on it's way to looking great. Might want to try pulling it together even more by letting all the stones sort of explode out from as close to each other as possible. Maybe close up that gap a bit between the stones. Just my take though.

    What plants are you thinking of using?
     
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    Oh, the center stone is less dominant because it it visually smaller than the rest and semi hidden. Would it look ok if the 2 side stones were behind it?? I think not. Show us anyways.
     
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    Moved the stones a bit closer and swapped the bigger RH stone for a smaller one. [​IMG]
     
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    Tried moving around the centre stone, guess didn't help much... [​IMG]
     
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    Another thing I keep seeing you do is angling the secondary stones the same angle as the main stone. Lower the angles of the non-primary stones, so they aren't as visually dominant.

    A good example of angle:

    Screen Shot 2016-04-03 at 9.22.34 PM.png
     
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  9. Jack

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    That was a great transformation for the scape with the change of the angles[​IMG]
    Added a small piece of stone which fitted exactly on the centre stone to make it more bigger and dominating...
    Tried with two different RH stones, first one being the above and second one below...
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    Tilted the stones even more to see how it looks like.... [​IMG]


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    HC and some red plants in the centre, preferably of smaller leaves.
     
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    Welcome back, Jack!

    Great stones you have to work with there. A couple things I'm noticing....

    1)You have 3 stones that seem to be competing for the focal stone. You need to choose one and have that be the largest stone. The others can be buried more in the substrate.

    2) The second is the slope to your substrate. You are losing depth by having the hill the pinnacle of the slope. Areas in the back should be higher than the base of all your stones to give a better sense of depth. Try building up behind them more.

    3) try not to put any of your stones up close to the back panel. Envision a midline, then try not to stray far from that or your rear stones. The stones are the focus, you lose a "background" or horizon line by putting really big stones too far back. If you go back behind the midline they should be shorter than your main largest stone to build perspective.

    Keep playing....there is a great scape in there somewhere ;)
     
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    Jack

    Let me look at your Aquascape in a very realistic way.
    You have five very nice well sculptured rocks.
    Two large, one medium and one small rock all competing against each other for attention and not one achieving it.

    [​IMG]

    I would work with these three rocks first the smallest ? might have to be a whisker larger but not as large as the medium stone. If its the same size it can be buried a little.

    Treat this as a fresh start with completely fresh ideas.

    Use this as a guide only

    https://www.google.com.au/search?q=...h=610#hl=en_GB&tbm=isch&q=three+stone+iwagumi

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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    These are the other rocks of my collection other than the ones in the tank
    Will try to utilise them which ever can go along ...
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    Keith, with the base as u suggested, tried something .. [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
     
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    Aw heck, that's way better!

    Number 2 and 3 look best.
     
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    ... Me too kept wondering... .. Little changes can change the whole perception...
    I am too inclined a bit towards no.2
     
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    Absolutely.

    I also vote for #2. Looking forward to watching this develop all the way through.
     
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    Two more trials...[​IMG][​IMG]


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    Thank you for doing all that extra work and posting the photos.

    No 2 is the winner No3 & No5 crowded forget the rest all OK but not any where No2
    [​IMG]

    Next is the planting do you have any ideas of a planting plan and species you would like to use.

    Your plant selection will depend on a High or a Low tech tank.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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