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Re: Dutch vs Nature aquariums

> Date: Sat, 22 Dec 2001 08:13:19 -0800 (PST)
> From: john wheeler <jcwheel76 at yahoo_com>
> According to Amano, there isn't really a *line* per
> se, but more of a distinction between different ways
> of thinking about "gardening" or "layout". I'll refer
> to Amano a great deal in this post, because I believe
> when we speak of a "nature aquarium" it is Amano's
> pioneering efforts, and the subsequent genre based on
> his efforts which we speak of.

I've read Amano's three books but I didn't get to meet him at the conference
(Drat!). But I think I see a third distinction.

I agree that Dutch tanks are more in the style of a flower garden. Neat,
orderly, many rules.

From what I read of Amano's style, he is more or less "painting a picture of
nature" with his tanks - layout, rocks, plants, etc recreate a scene he saw
in nature. A mountain scene, a field of grass, etc.

What about a third style - what you might see in a river or lake?  When I
aquascape, I'm not trying to be an artist and I'm not trying to be a
gardener. I try to arrange things so that the aquarium looks like a slice of
life. I may use artist's and gardener's "tricks" to please the eye and make
my slice of life pleasent to look at. But all I want is a little piece of
Sumatra in my living room.  And I don't even care if he plants are
appropriate for the fish (a biotope). A little slice of imaginary tropical
paradise is my goal.

I save my "make a realistic scene" energy for my model trains!

George Booth in Ft. Collins, CO (gbooth at frii dot com)
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