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Re: Amano gallery
>A lot of this list's content is very technical. Mastering the techniques/
>chemistry that allow for a healthy beautiful plant tank. As the hobby
>think we will/should gravitate towards the subject of aquascape as art. We
>appreciate/critique art, and offer ideas on what makes good art.
>If you take a look at the Amano gallery, be sure to notice the 5th one. Very
>interesting use of terracing/rock to create an outcropping. The sand below
>echoes of traditional Japanese gardens. I think this breaks new ground, as I
>have never seen a tank like it.
Hi Arthur, I totally agree - so I'll be brave and put in my 2c!
While I liked #5, and can appreciate the difficulty of setting up the rocks
that way and getting plants growing on top of those rocks, I'm not sure I like
the bits of "grass" in the middle of the V at the back, it put me off - nicer
to have just the mounds, so they suggest mountains. Nice to see some bare
sand as part of the picture, too, especially the way it works with it.
My favourite was #2, loved the mountain top effect of the rotala wallichi(?)
at the top left, and the open cave effect created by the planting above the
rocks - is that just the plants growing more horizonatally at the top? The
different layers give the aquascape a lot of interest, yet it is still so
simple, in that Japanese way - its so hard to not keep aquatic gardens like
land-based cottage gardens, a bit of everything, which you try to put together
in a pleasing fashion, I'm definitely guilty! And what is the round-leaved
plant in the foreground, is it micranthemum umbrosum?
I also really liked #7, am going to try something like that in one of my
smaller tanks, which will be used for raising fry, although the two grass type
plants here are so complementary, and work so well to contrast with the
rounded shapes of the rocks.
What is so exquisite about Amano's tanks is the way they really seem to
capture a slice of wild nature, and frame it so that you really appreciate
Okay, "art critic's" hat off,