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Planted Tanks with Different Goals


I've been looking at the pictures of planted aquaria that have been submitted 
for comment and I have one observation:  They are all beautiful!

And after reading the positive criticisms of people who have offered their 
expert observations on the design of those layouts, I have learned, again, 
that there are two kinds of people who keep planted aquaria:  those who see 
them as works of art to be constantly improved, and those who would be very 
happy if they could come close to achieving the growth that the pictures 
show, even if their aquaria lacked perspective, focus, and contrast.

The one group works endlessly to figure out the optimum levels of CO2, 
lighting, and nutrients, and their results show it; members of the other are 
often happy if they can just get a runner from a common sword or val, and 
they get a lot of satisfaction out of that, too.

And the really neat thing is that this site meets the needs of both!

Merry Christmas to all and particularly to those who keep this site going.