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I think the main design element is based on an off-beat symmetricity.

"Over the tree line" one can see light to the back. The viewer is given an ambiguous escape route. A good deal of front-back depth is implied with lines and light (colour of plants implying light).

To say one likes or dislikes such a work of art is really rather irrelevant. It is a work of art.

"Aquascape" is a strange term. Many of these designs (not only Amano aquariums) use a terrestrial landscape as the metaphor, whether it be a Chinese "shan shui" (mountain water) or an English (or Dutch) Country Garden. Aquatic view emulating nature as we know it on land.

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Having just spent a week or so snorkeling around two lakes in Vermont, I can imagine the different views of "natural" lacustrine flora (and fauna) we have seen. Natural in Vermont means slates, some marble, contorted rocks, sandy shorelines with plenty of red valisneria sp. and Myriophyllum spicatum (Eurasian milfoil), various types of algae....

"The truth is stranger than fiction" as they say in publishing.

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