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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.

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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).

Carlos
 

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Surprisingly, this aquarium is a 90x45x45cm --a typical 50g.

As for the unnaturalness bits...
There is a lake here with homogenous mounds of a Hemianthus sp. interspersed with brightly colored bunches of Ludwigia repens, spikes of hairgrass, and limestone rocks set at angles. If I would shoot an underwater photo of these shorelines, most would say they are contrived aquascapes.

It would be interesting to read what people think when they imagine a "natural" looking tank. I think many of Amano's layouts look quite natural, judging by what I see in the many bodies of water here in south Florida.

But don't let that continue the observations/comments from other readers...

Carlos
 
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