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Old 03-19-2003, 03:50 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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I'm fishing for any last minute suggestions before the contest. These are my normal posting pics. I hope to make the contest pics as close to perfect as possible.








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I'm fishing for any last minute suggestions before the contest. These are my normal posting pics. I hope to make the contest pics as close to perfect as possible.








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Old 03-19-2003, 03:52 PM   #3 (permalink)
 
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Glosso still needs to grow in and there will be a final prune before the contest pics. I like the balance of color and the open space.

For the contest, I'll remove the hardware and do a final prune.

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Old 03-19-2003, 05:04 PM   #4 (permalink)
 
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Positively gorgeous. I know you give all the credit to this board for all of their help but I think you should now take your fair share my friend. I am green with envy.

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Old 03-19-2003, 05:28 PM   #5 (permalink)
 
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ditto............

I especially like the picture third from the bottom....
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Old 03-20-2003, 12:05 PM   #6 (permalink)
 
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Very!very nice. I love the colors. The depth and flow are very good. It a master piece of aquascaping. I bet you sit and watch your tank for hours. I know I would. IT makes me wounder. How can a judge, judge the art of another. Isn't art in the eye of the beholder? I just hope we all don't have to die before our art gets the credit for all the hard works that goes into it. I would have a hard time judging, its like deciding witch artist is better.

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Old 03-20-2003, 03:31 PM   #7 (permalink)
 
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That's why I have the night lite. I literally have watched it for hours, day and night.

Honeymoon next week then I'm going to prune and take my pictures. I'll have three weekends in case something needs more time.

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Old 03-20-2003, 03:57 PM   #8 (permalink)
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James, the tank continues to dazzle! One thing I would do before submitting photos, however, is to prune the plants to make the 'skyline' less jagged and give it a better flow from one end to the other. I think the driftwood already does a fine job of providing a craggy element to the aquascape, and in fact having smoother lines created by the plants would further accentuate the jagged wood pieces.

Another thing I would do is a day or two before photographing the final tank pictures (if the above aren't them) is position your lighting forward (if possible) so that the crowns of the plants face forward. This will give them a bushier, healthier appearance. Just some suggestions. Best of luck in the contest!

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Old 03-20-2003, 04:45 PM   #9 (permalink)
 
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The pruning is already planned but the light is a great idea.

When pruningI'll size the red ludwigia behind the wall to follow the slope. I'll do the smae on the front so that the e.stellata is a few inches below the wall and climbs in the back along the cork tube.
The red ludwigia in the middle will get plant no more than 2-3" high, so that it complements the foreground.
The rotala indica will be prunned and planted so that it has three distinct heights/groups.
The ambulia will be thinned and set in varying heights so that in the front it is no more than half the height of the wood, but rises to the top of the bank in the back. I'll thin it so that you can see back into the tank.

For the lights I have some 30w spiral PCs that I can put on the front of the tank for a few days after the prune. I was planning on using them during the picture taking.

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Old 03-21-2003, 11:59 AM   #10 (permalink)
 
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I'm really looking forward to the final product...you have a very interesting design, indeed.
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