03-04-2010, 03:18 PM
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Originally Posted by stephanieleah
Just saying what's true...and yes, KISS good principle to follow. I have been observing my other tanks during this very busy work week and a missed water change and am amazed at how sensitive it is--good and bad--to taking a "hands off" approach. new types of algae in a 10 gallon, although minimal and i'm not worried, and also plants that weren't doing so well are really taking off. In one short week of changed routine, so many visible differences!
And in a new 10 gallon, I was using Excel because there were no fish, but now that I've stopped using it for a few days, the tank seems to be doing a big better (greener, taller happier plants)
I absolutely prefer the English garden setup over the highly manicured...which is why I'm not a huge fan of Takashi Amano, although I can appreciate his work. But a long stretch from my style! My husband, being the landscaper and green thumb in our house, takes the opposite approach so we don't always see eye-to-eye on things : )
I had thought of mentioning Mr. Amano's setups previously, but now will as you've raised it. I also do not like them. They are healthy, fish and plant wise, and thriving. But they are not natural. They are artistic designs (and some very, very good ones) meant to replicate a primarily non-aquatic scene in nature. I can admire John Constable's fine landscape paintings if I want to look at that--though of course the images are stationary and not moving. And the big thing about those setups is they are high-tech; mega light, CO2 diffusion, mega-fertilization every day. Very expensive, and the more paraphernalia the more that can go wrong. But many aquarists prefer that sort of look, and that's fine. But definitely not for me. B.