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robert and roger are right. Iwagumi has nothing to do with plants, water or fish. The term comes from "iwa" meaning rock, and "gumi" (strictly speaking its "kumi") which means collection or group.
Therefore, by definition, "iwagumi" is a "collection of rocks".
now, of course this has been adopted as an artistic/landscaping term and thus many theories, ideas and practices surrounding placement and interaction exist, and not necessarily limited to groups of three.
Simply put, "iwagumi", as an artistic reference, is the practice of arranging rocks, be it in a garden, aquarium or any other situation.
 
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