Aquatic Plant Forum banner
1 - 20 of 48 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,041 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 · (Edited)
This is a recently completed aquascape by Mike here at ADG. What's cool about this tank too is that he used the same ADA substrate in this tank as was used in his 2007 AGA Contest tank that took 2nd place. He completely drained it and removed all the plants and hardscape and was able to complete this entirely new layout without any real issues. So we are finding that this sort of re-vamping is quite do-able with ADA substrate and the results can be very pleasing.







And this was the previous layout with, again, the same substrate:

 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
739 Posts
Love the layout of the tank. It looks great. Another fine job. I'm not too fond of the photography in the first couple pictures. I don't like the mirror effect on top of the water. Some water movement would help I think. At first I was like wow that tank looks really cool with those floaters up there. How unique. Then I realized it was just a reflection and was a little disappointed. Again though, fabulous job on the tank.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,041 Posts
Discussion Starter · #4 ·
I usually do create some movement (using the hairdryer technique) but I personally liked the reflection effect on this one. Just trying to switch it up a little-- obviously a subjective matter. I also wanted to use a little less gimmicks on this one as to not be accused of overt use of "aqua porn" (you had to see a previous thread on this topic for this to make sense).
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
845 Posts
WOW! Not only is this a beautiful tank with fantastic trimming, color and plant health, but it's home to some of my favorite fish. I've been wanting to set up a tank for these little guys for quite some time now, and now my inspiration is through the roof!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
4,332 Posts
Auqa porn? Whatever. If you're trying to be in the business of making attractive tanks, you're certainly doing a great job. Nice layout. Great hardscape and great midground. Those two elements really make the scene.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
2,173 Posts
Please tell Mike he's made one gorgeous aquascape! It's hard to see the fish against all the color, but that may be a factor of being a photograph. I would dearly love to have this tank in my living room. If only I could afford ADG. :D

Cheers,
Phil
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,041 Posts
Discussion Starter · #14 ·
Very nice tank and photos Jeff! The red plant center of second pic is that Ludwigia brevipes or arcuata, maybe neither?

What minor issues did he have after the complete revamp?
There's arcuata (the bigger group) and brevipes right next to it.

No real issues, actually. Really just kind of like starting a new tank-- extra water changes, etc. No big deal.

And the fish probably are more commonly called "threadfin", but it's just a common name (Werneri rainbow is another). Threadfin, featherfin...whatever-- they are one of my old favorites.

They are a little bit "low contrast" in this tank, moreso in the photo. Very unobtrusive on the aquascape, whcih was Mike's goal on this one.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
442 Posts
Because of your amazing photography I am trading my canon 5D to get a 1ds. Oh and amazing aqua scape as always. Look forward to seeing the next master piece.;)
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
306 Posts
Because of your amazing photography I am trading my canon 5D to get a 1ds. Oh and amazing aqua scape as always. Look forward to seeing the next master piece.;)
Do you really think THAT was the difference, or may be it was just Jeff's skills as a photographer. 5D is MORE than capable of producing that shot in the hands of a great photographer.

Amazing Jeff, as always. What are those rocks, are they just algae covered or is that their natural color?
 
1 - 20 of 48 Posts
This is an older thread, you may not receive a response, and could be reviving an old thread. Please consider creating a new thread.
Top