By the Sea

Nano aquascape
Dimensions (in cm)
17.70 Liter
Eden 501
8.00 hours
Pressurised, 1 bubble every 3 seconds
Maintenance routine
Water change - 3x a week 10%, trimming the plants - 2-3x a month, cleaning the glass/glass pipes - once a week.
Classic Iwagumi in nano version.
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Submitted by Jurijs Jutjajevs on Wed, 10/04/2023 - 10:51

This work really stands out to me, as it looks so much bigger than it is. At first its almost confusing, but after careful examination one can identify its a very small fish and small plants used in a shallow aquarium creating an illusion of a much bigger landscape. Good job. Great plant quality and pristine photo. Minor feedback for improvement would be to clean/swap out cosmetic sand along the front glass as well as trimm the moss a little bit more flat in the foreground for a smooth transition and stronger illusion of a bigger landscape. Eventually the moss could also be trimmed into shapes, to enhance the look of covered rocks underneath.

Submitted by Yago Alonso on Sat, 10/14/2023 - 11:07

Total Impression: 100%

A breathtaking presentation that engages the viewer instantly. The use of a shallow tank for an Iwagumi layout is a brilliant decision, emphasizing the artistic mastery of the space.

Bonus Points for Plants: 50%

An exceptional choice of flora that complements the overall design. The plants are not just fillers; they are essential elements that elevate the aesthetic and biological balance of the setup.

Bonus Points for Photography: 100%

The photography is nothing short of extraordinary. The framing and lighting showcase the aquarium in its full glory, enhancing not just the visual aspects with bright areas and deep shadows perfectly ballanced, but also capturing the emotional resonance of this underwater landscape.

Bonus Points for Artistic Creativity: 100%

The use of artistic creativity in applying the Iwagumi technique is awe-inspiring. The careful selection and placement of the Oyaishi, Fukuishi, Soeishi, and Suteishi stones create a harmonious and balanced environment that truly honors the principles of this Japanese art form.

Overall Comments:

The contestant has masterfully utilized the Iwagumi technique, a style deeply rooted in the essence of natural landscapes. Each stone, from the Oyaishi to the Suteishi, has been thoughtfully positioned to achieve a perfect balance, drawing the viewer into this miniature world. The use of a shallow tank to accentuate the wide scope of the Iwagumi style adds an innovative touch, inviting the audience to engage with the beauty and impact of this natural art form.

The selection of plants and fish is well-curated, adding life and vibrancy while maintaining a delicate balance.

I am happy to say that this entry serves as an educational inspiration for anyone interested in Iwagumi design, from hobbyists to professionals. It exemplifies how thoughtful choices in technique, plant life, and artistic creativity can come together to create a remarkable living canvas.

In conclusion, this entry stands as a testament to what can be achieved when artistry and a deep understanding of natural aesthetics combine. It's an engaging and beautifully executed work. Great job!!!

Submitted by Juan Puchades on Sun, 10/15/2023 - 11:27

Very nice rock arrangement. My fav of the category. Just two little things:
1)Fukuishi stone its a big too big in comparision with Oyaishi stone and a bit disconnected from main stone. Soeishi stones are in perfect balance and harmony.
2) Moss looks a bit thick for my taste.
Fish choice is simply perfect :)

Submitted by Dennis Wong on Sun, 10/15/2023 - 14:19

Simple but elegant design. The proportions of the key rock pieces and longer tank dimension work well to make a small tank seem large and spacious.

Submitted by Dave Chow on Sun, 10/15/2023 - 17:19

The stones selection are in good scale and shape so that the outlook like a big tank!

Submitted by George Farmer on Mon, 10/16/2023 - 13:26

A strong shallow Iwagumi with good attention to detail and high level photography. Some denser stem plant growth would make an improvement. Good job!