Iwagumis are becoming one of the most popular styles of aquascaped tanks. This one is a bit different, though, as it does not have the usual full carpet of low-growing plants.
The topiary-influenced stem plants behind the main rock make a refreshing change to what we come to expect from an Iwagumi creation.
The open sand area in the foreground helps add a sense of depth. The patches of Hemianthus lawn leading up to the Pogostemon helferi blend well and cover the rock bases, resulting in a more natural appearance.
A single shoal of White Cloud Mountain minnows really suit the aquascape and the tank is not heated. The plants are pruned weekly to maintain a clean appearance.
What you will need
60 x 36 x 30cm/24 x 15 x 12” tank and cabinet £200
Two fluorescent 24w T5 luminaires £100
External filter and glassware £100
Pressurised CO2 system £100
Liquid fertilisers £10
Total: Expect to pay £700
Check out our other Iwagumi set-up in this series.
There's also a step-by-step guide to setting up an Iwagumi aquarium.