Aquascaping categories--my own take on it.

Discussion in 'General Aquascaping and Planted Tank Discussions' started by randy0319, Jan 6, 2012.

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Do you keep a pictorial record of other aquascapes?

Poll closed Jan 9, 2012.
  1. Always

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  2. most of the time

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  3. when I get around to it

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  4. not really

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  5. nope

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  1. randy0319

    randy0319 Aspiring Aquascaper

    Aquascaping categories--my pictorial take on it.

    Preface:

    As a beginner, I have been hoarding hundreds of pics of different styles and types of design that others have made in order to better understand this art form. These are my own opinions on what constitutes a style/category of design/ model. I had to put all of the pics in separate folders on my computer in order to keep track of them and found similarities developing so I thought that I would share. NONE of these pictures are mine...except one or two due to lack of examples by others. They are the works that I consider classic examples of their given category. Some of these pictures might be familiar, and some may be new, but I consider all of them to be great artists in the own rite. There are many fine works in my collection of pictures that I did not include because that would be too daunting a task. I have included a few pictures of each category to give examples that are representative of the category. I also tried to include aquariums that use the golden ratio and/or rule of thirds within their execution. Each person can make their own collection in order to choose what they want to do when the time comes to re-scape. Here is my take on these ever expanding lists. ...Oh, I finally fixed all of the spelling errors- I know- I suck at spelling- meh.
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    randy0319 Aspiring Aquascaper

    Arches catagory

    This is a category that seems classic due to the memories of all of us as children make such things for our fish to swim through . I am training one of my tanks with this design. Here are some great examples:







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    randy0319 Aspiring Aquascaper

    Cave Category

    Caves were the second thing that I tried to create as a kid...never worked. It is a difficult style to get right but worth the effort. The last picture is mine due to lack of examples.




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    randy0319 Aspiring Aquascaper

    View attachment 4084 Concave category

    This type is almost a stock standard and is so integral to the hobby that countless examples exist already. Here are a few classics




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    randy0319 Aspiring Aquascaper

    Convex category

    Convex is the opposite and is usually based on a central mound. Once again this form is also a classic and is integral to most aquatic design layouts as a foundation of form.


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    randy0319 Aspiring Aquascaper

    Classic Dutch style

    One of the oldest known in the hobby, it is a complicated arrangement of different shapes, textures, hights, and colors with 'avenues' radiating from a central view point. Some have compared it to shopping at a vegatable market with cases of different specimens on display. There are rules to the depth of the substrate, hieght of terraces, appropriate water chemistry, and other considerations; even the placement of the tank in the household has a pointspread in judging. I have yet to attempt this labor intensive style but Plantbrain has done a magnificent job and has a thread worth seeing called 'Dutch something or other'...I think.

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    randy0319 Aspiring Aquascaper

    Island category

    This category can have elements of convex or concave but gives the impression of being surrounded by a sea of sand. It has (for me) a distinctive feel to it of mysterious isolation. It can be a single island of have a guest/subsidiary island in its layout. Be it the Isle of the immortals or a key somewhere in the gulf of Mexico, the island form has a feel for the lonely, exotic, and timeless.


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    randy0319 Aspiring Aquascaper

    Iwagumi proper

    This is a style with defined Japanese aethetics developed by ancient Zen Buddhist artistic principles ( 7 in all), and championed by Takashi Amano. Its stately introspective layout can be simple- but beware! Simple does not equal easy.

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    randy0319 Aspiring Aquascaper

    Mountain iwagumi

    This is a category that takes the viewer on a hot air balloon ride through the perspective of birds. It can include lakes, streams, shorelines and such. The karsk mountains of Guilin province in China are a favourite of this type. The aerial views and far off peaks are its hallmark.






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    randy0319 Aspiring Aquascaper

    Nano and pico tanks

    The world in a dewdrop is the focus of this catagory. The smaller the tank the more amazing. The goal is to play with scale and perspective to such an extent that the tank looks much larger then it really is. Tweezers, nimble fingers, and patience are a must. Some micro tanks ae even too small for snails and redd cherry shrimp to live in. The example below, made by Superwen is to be found in the glass cup used for CO2 diffusing within the tank...about the diameter of a 1/2 $ coin.

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    the above masterpieces are miniature jewels held in the palm of your hand.
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    randy0319 Aspiring Aquascaper

    rectangular category

    This is a category that practically covers the back glass wall of the tank. The Dutch style falls into this category and may confront the scaper with the difficult task of portraying depth.

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    randy0319 Aspiring Aquascaper

    Tree stump category

    This category takes the viewers perspective down to the roots of a tree in the forest. There can be more then one but we are looking down on a mountain path and examining where we set foot. This style can also be expressed as the roots of a tree seeking nutrients at and below the waters edge as would be seen at any stream or slow moving river. Fish find places to hide and visual exploring can be endless. Of the two perspectives- take your pick.

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    randy0319 Aspiring Aquascaper

    Triangle/wedge category

    This is a classic category that diagonally divides the tank from one upper corner to the opposite lower corner. If handled properly it can lead the eye of the viewer into the depths of the tank.


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    randy0319 Aspiring Aquascaper

    'V' cut category

    This is a category that has definite elements of the concave category but also possesses a 'V' cut or line that draws the eye into the aqua-scape. Many variations of this style exist. I have only include the obvious examples.




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    Waterfall category

    This is a dramatic style that uses either sand or filter floss for its affect. Some artists even include a hidden air hose and catch basin to create the effect of falling water within an aquarium. It differs from the next category of streams in that the angle of decent of the 'water' is steeply inclined.


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    randy0319 Aspiring Aquascaper

    River/stream category

    Though not as dramatic as a waterfall, the river or stream in aquascaping is a classic that has many interpretations. It conveys a tranquil atmosphere. Two streams are usually the maximum for this iconic design element.

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    randy0319 Aspiring Aquascaper

    forest/Woodland Category

    This category is not liked by some but it won the grand prize at the ADA International Aquatic plant layout contest a year or two back so it must have some merit. I like it and have my version in a ten gal tank. A stream or path only adds to its charm with 'trees' acting as visual guideposts to lead the eye into the forest.


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    Below is a stunning work of talent that makes me wonder if a toy train was involved in inspiring this masterwork.

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    randy0319 Aspiring Aquascaper

    Non Traditional Categories

    One must stretch the boundaries and make strides to innovate. The same can be done to aquascaping. Here are some trail blazers that I admire.
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    randy0319 Aspiring Aquascaper

    Ikebana

    Based on the traditional Japanese flower arrangement, this style takes its cue from the rules and guideline that apply to this ancient art form. Below are fine examples of the combination of the two art forms- Japanese flower art, and the art of aquascaping.

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    randy0319 Aspiring Aquascaper

    Stonehenge

    This style takes its que from the neolithic stone structure found on the British isles. Trilithons and tombulous mounds as are found at New-grange would also fall into this category.

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