12-28-2009, 02:29 PM
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Originally Posted by Grimmjow
Alright so something that you said in another post, byron, about Tropical Fish Hobbyist changed my entire plan for this tank. I dunno if you just mentioned the magazine or actually linked to the 2009 award winners for best tanks or whatever, but doing like a mini landscape underwater is so cool.
The only limitation I can think of right now would be the scale i choose is going to determine how big of fish I can put in there, but the little blue tetras for sure.
I'm surmising you are referring to the Amano design awards that appear each year in the January TFH. I have never linked to those, but I have mentioned articles on other things from TFH now and then.
You may realize it, but those type of aquascapes require an enormous amount of effort, not just setting them up but daily maintenance. They are very high-tech tanks. Mr. Amano has outlined his regime several times in his series of monthly articles in TFH. Mega light, high CO2 units, enriched substrates, daily liquid fertilization (which adds up in cost believe me) and of course weekly pruning and similar maintenance. I take exactly the opposite approach, about as opposite as it's possible to be, in my low-tech natural planted aquaria. There is much to be said for both approaches, and anything in between; depends upon what you want and what you are prepared to do to achieve it.