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tsunami said:
1) Does the aquascape make an original creative impression to the viewers?
Yes. In fact I wouldn't say "impression", I would say "impact." Not only did this seem original and creative when I first saw it, but now it still seems orignal and creative.

2) Is the aquascape composed well (is there compositional balance within the aquascape)?
That is very difficult to say. I think under different lighting the scape when viewed directly from the long side of the tank may not be all that well balanced. Viewing it at an angle as in the photo helps the balance. While the aquascape may not be that well balanced the photograph -- centered by the bright light and with the ends of the tank fading into darkness -- does seem balanced to me.

3) Are the aquatic plants appropriately positioned within the aquascape? Does the balance exist in the colors and shapes of the plants used?
I think Erik's choice of plants and their positioning from the wide and prominent leaves at the top of the aquascape, to smaller and less prominent leaves toward the edges is beautifully done. Most of the effect is achieved with just a few species of plants (Tha java fern, anubias, marsilea and crypt) and the remaining plants may be mostly extraneous.

4) Do you feel harmony between the fish and the aquarium layout?
I do, but not because of this photo. This was an entry in the 2002 AGA contest and a few more photos are available there. The fish (the pygmy cory especially) seemed to have a natural relationship to and dependence on their surroundings.

5) Is the aquascape laid out well making a natural looking atmosphere?
I think it is relaxed and informal.

1) What compositional rules does this layout follow? Which compositional rules does it break?
I don't know that if follows any rules.

2) What are the main elements in this layout? How do they work together harmoniously (or unharmoniously)?
The mound and its surrounding field of marsilea. They work together very well.

3) What type of atmosphere/impression does this layout seem to create for the viewer?
This for me is the most important question to answer for this aquascape. I get a sense of mystery. It looks like a distant, inviting island of light in a sea of shadows. But a lot of that effect is due to the photograph, not the aquascape. It is hard for me to determine which is most responsible.

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