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Stem plants are not often used in Iwagumi layout. However, these plants are used to make a significant change to the aquascape by so-called “Sozo Haishoku” or to emphasize the perspective of the layout. Let’s have look at the beauty of plant clusters in Iwagumi layouts.
Stem plants grown into a beautiful cluster wrap Hakkai stones from behind. They are harmonizing well with rounded Hakkai stones.Tank size: W180×D60×H60 (cm)Shot on: August 2010Main stem plants used: Hygrophila Polysperma / Rotala Rotundifolia / Rotala rotundifolia (Green)
Soft colors of Stem plants in the background match the earth color of Manten stones and enhance their presence.Tank size: W90×D45×H45 (cm)Shot on: December 2009Main stem plants used: Myriophyllum mattogrossense (Green) / Rotala sp. ‘Ceylon’ / Ludwigia Arcuata / Rotala sp. Nanjenshan / Rotala macrandra ‘Green’ / Rotala rotundifolia (Green)
The Iwagumi layout as if to represent rough rock reefs by using Ryuoh stones now shows a brighter and softer effect after the makeover by Sozo Haishoku with stem plants.Tank size: W180×D60×H60 (cm)Shot on: April 2005Main stem plants used: Hemianthus micranthemoides /Micranthemum unbrosum / Rotala macrandra ‘Green’
Perspective is skillfully expressed by placing Ryuoh stones in the center to depict a distant view of a mountain and having a clump of stem plants in front to depict a forest.Tank size: W120×D45×H60 (cm)Shot on: April 2010Main stem plants used: Hygrophila Polysperma / Rotala Rotundifolia
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