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Old 03-19-2003, 10:08 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Pruned a bit yesterday and hoping I get just enough growth...





... the H. zosterifolia is in (left and right rear corners) although it was grown emersed - I'm not sure if it will acclimatise in time!

What do u think of the addition of the java fern?
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Pruned a bit yesterday and hoping I get just enough growth...





... the H. zosterifolia is in (left and right rear corners) although it was grown emersed - I'm not sure if it will acclimatise in time!

What do u think of the addition of the java fern?
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Locus, the tank looks great! The Java adds a nice element with a different leaf type. I would suggest hiding or removing the heater prior to photographing it for the contest.

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Same as what bert said, maybe put black tape to hide the color of the flourite, it seems to take away from the aquascape. Thats just nit-picky stuff, looks like a great contender. Something like this for example,
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Glad to see I'm not the only one

I really like it. You're right about the substrate but I think it applies to the top also. I would just frame the pics to eliminate top and bottom. I do the smae to hide the gladd, reflections, etc.

I like how the jave fern pulls the eye off center. My first thought was to add stems into the corner, but then I realized you had a good balance without it.

You should experiment with your exposure. I found that if I set my dig cam to -1 the colors come out much better and you may want to add some light in the front to lessen the shadow. Depneds on the look you want.

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I love this tank
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Your tank looks great. Is that Lileaopsis in the foreground? if it is, how to you get it to stay planted and grow well? If not, what plant is it?
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Thanks for the feedback, you've given me something to think about when photographing for the competition!

James, I'll be bracketing shots when photographing for the comp. to get a range of exposures... although it is tricky to get the colours to reproduce true to life.

Shae, the foreground is Elocharis acicularis (hair grass). It takes quite a while to fill in and loves bright light & CO2.

I'm not sure if I should keep the star grass in the right hand corner or rip it out though, what does everyone else think? It has grown heaps since the above shot was taken.
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I like the Anubias under the java fern. I'd actually like to see more of it, perhaps totally encircling the stem plants, or at least to the right of it. I think it helps to create a look of multi levels instead of just a straight plane foreground middle ground, if you know what I mean

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