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Layout Critique #13 (Jerry)

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I'll also be taking ADA/Amano/AGA layout suggestions to post here. Just PM me on which tank you would like to see here.


Plants: Glossostigma elatinoides, Blyxa japonica, Ammannia gracilis, Nesaea pedicellata, Rotala rotundifolia, Rotala rotundifolia 'Green', Anubias barteri var. nana
Fish: Paracheirodon axelrodi (cardinal tetrras)

Questions an ADA judge would ask (taken from contest booklet...they judge on creativity, composition, fish choice, creation of natural atmosphere, aquarium condition, and viability):

1) Does the aquascape make an original creative impression to the viewers?

2) Is the aquascape composed well (is there compositional balance within the aquascape)?

3) Are the aquatic plants appropriately positioned within the aquascape? Does the balance exist in the colors and shapes of the plants used?

4) Do you feel harmony between the fish and the aquarium layout?

5) Is the aquascape laid out well making a natural looking atmosphere?

Some questions of my own:

1) What compositional rules does this layout follow? Which compositional rules does it break?

2) What are the main elements in this layout? How do they work together harmoniously (or unharmoniously)?

3) What type of atmosphere/impression does this layout seem to create for the viewer?

Just questions to help aid discussion. However, discussion can head in directions that have nothing to do with the above questions (but still relate to the above aquascape).

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Jerry on AJ cover?? I don't think so.

That is not a legitimate Aqua Journal cover. Especially #100, a fairly recent issue (Feb. 2004) which I have. Unless ADA does a separate issue for China or something, which I doubt but don't know. As well, while that's not the worst shot I've ever seen, but it is nothing that would be used for an Aqua Journal cover. Additionally, I have every AJ from late 1999 through November 2004 ( an issue which does, BTW feature a 4 page article on ADG), and have never seen an aquarium that was not an ADA/Amano tank ever shown- not even once and I checked. I think this is something someone did in Photoshop, not trying to dog "Jerry" or anything...
It's interesting because the text in the lower left corner matches that of February 2002 issue, and this one with Jerry on the cover has that same date, but that was #76, not #100 (Plus the text is in Japanese, not Chinese so that kind of bunks the separate issue for China theory). If you notice it says AGA in that lower left text also. That issue features an article on 2001 AGA Convention and has shots of Amano touring Chattanooga/ The aquarium/ speaking at the Convention, etc. How could they have been to issue # 100 in China, and only on #76 in Japan? I'm sure I sound like a freak here, but AquaJournal is sacred grounds for me and using it for any misrepresentation is in my view, not cool. I mean doing it for your own amusement, fine, but putting it out there/up on forums- down right deceptive. Perhaps something was lost in translation here and Jerry didn't mean to pass this off as legitimate, but rather a novelty.
Let me just say otherwise that Jerry is an amazing aquascape designer and is laying down some simply beautiful and wonderfully composed scapes and I respect his artistry and talent immensely.
ADG featured in AQUA JOURNAL # 109

Thanks so much! I wasn't sure how many people in the US get AQUA JOURNAL- you can, as you know, subscribe directly from ADA for about $100/year (a bargain if you ask me). Hey just a heads-up - ADG is is working on a distributorship of the ADA product line. We are meeting with Amano's main-man at the AGA Convention to finalize details.
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