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Old 10-02-2008, 05:16 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default *UPDATED*PICS! 2008 ADA Layout Contest top 27

Once again I do not understand the Grand Prize winner, but whatever. At least 2nd and 3rd are very strong and very creative and make some sense. 4th is pretty amazing too considering it's only a 90cm tank. Awesome depth.

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4th


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Old 10-02-2008, 05:56 AM   #2 (permalink)
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no.3 is my favourite ([EDIT] I meant 4!! lol)

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While 3 is nice, it isn't as nice as Roy's (on which it appears to be based) from a year or three ago. I would have chosen 4 to be first or second along witht he grand prize winner.

I'm still trying to figure out how the GP winner managed to pretty much ignore the "rules" concerning the number of focal points, phi, etc. etc. and still look so nice.

2d place entry - I don't get it...
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I like the 4th and the 8th. Boy the 7th one is a huge tank. Sure wish I could zoom into it and see the specifics.



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The 4th is my favorite. Very commanding use of hardscape and the limited number of plant species makes this standout and all the more natural, IMHO.

6 is another, love the use of the rockwork and the diagonal street of plants.
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I like the 2nd one the most.
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The 4th is my favorite. Very commanding use of hardscape and the limited number of plant species makes this standout and all the more natural, IMHO.

6 is another, love the use of the rockwork and the diagonal street of plants.

Yes I agree the 4th is my favorite as well for pretty much the same reason. I also reallly like the effect of the hardscape on the 9th place tank. I think the Grand price winner probably scored some points since it breaks away from some of the more traditional type layouts.
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I'm found of the 8th, it's like a nature aquarium with dutch feel.
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I actually do not like the grand prize winner at all.

My favorite is #2 and #4. I really enjoy the very clean lines of the second tank. It is a perfect example of looking natural yet still having that carefully tended look.

Just first impressions,

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4 for me, too. It honestly blows most of the others away in my opinion. Also like 2.

There seems to be this unaltered trend of making a landscape out of an aquarium in the ADA scapes, and frankly, it just doesn't do it for me. I must just not get the "zen" of it all or something. Not that the skill to make them isn't impressive, because it is, but it just doesn't feel right to me somehow.

It is an aquascape, so in my little head it just plain oughta look like it is underwater instead of a submersed bonsai version of a scenic picture I guess.
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