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Re: Amano's style

Amano-San certainly is a master photographer too. 

Most of these shots are a new angle (at least for me) very reminiscent of n 
early morning scuba accent -- a halide being substituted for the sun. Figure 
7 shows a strong resemblance to the main cave opening at Silver Springs with 
that sand at the entrance. Actually, the spring isn't quite this beautiful.

I thought most of this material used was Stargrass but it might be that H. 
(or is it E.?) ventriculata(sp.). I should think either would work, although 
I have no experience with the latter, as indicated by my pathetic attempts at 
spelling. I'm almost inspired enough by these images to go another few rounds 
with the Stargrass in spite of it's tendency toward black tips. Mr. Amano has 
somehow managed to achieve a very cohesive layer of whatever this material is 
hovering just above the substrate. I wonder if he physically pulled the mat 
of vegetation up from the bottom to achieve this effect. It's hard to imagine 
it occurring naturally in such uniformity and perfection.

It's difficult and perhaps even a bit dangerous to generalize about cultural 
differences but the biggest contrast I see between east and west is the 
masterful use of empty space exhibited in the East. Few westerners would have 
the restraint needed to limit their palate to only one or two species. Most 
westerners (myself included) want to showcase as many different textures, 
colors and species as possible.

Someone also mentioned the difficulty in confining ground cover such as 
glosso or lilliaopsis to prevent it from overtaking a tank entirely and I too 
have found this to be an ongoing battle. If nothing else, it requires a great 
deal of yard work to keep it in check which turns a labor of love into just 
plain labor. For this reason, I think my next tank will use glass partitions 
of varying shapes sizes and levels -- all siliconed in and the glass covered 
with some type of camouflage such as rock, cork or wood. I have no illusions 
that this will eliminate the problem entirely -- but it should help. 
Segmenting the bottom like this should also enable one to experiment with 
different substrate mixtures in each section to allow for more specie 
specific mixes and enable me to more effectively and permanently bury 
whatever pots are used.

Would anyone care to comment on their experiences with this above method?

Bob Olesen
West Pam Beach, FL  <--------- now has crypts growing in and around his pond