I thought a lot about this. What is fake for me in aquascaping and at aquascaping contests? In aquascaping nothing is fake for me - everything is allowed: artificial rock formation, gluing the mosses, backlight effects, photo backgrounds with clouds, dry start, Urban scaping, adding CO2 and bunch of chemistry in tank, expanding scape out of glass box, artificial waterfalls and lakes, landscaping scenery under the water (mountains or forests), changing scape every few days or leave it in tank for years, etc,… Does it sound strange – all this at one pile? Yes it does, but this is reality, this is modern aquascaping. For someone that has been in a hobby for a long time try to imagine all those statements and facts 25 or 10 years ago. It is mix of SF and curses. I am thinking about all of this as a progress. Something is by my taste - something is not. Who cares – it is unstoppable! The future will show what will be popular and what will be forgotten. We (as creators) have to tell our own story in our tanks. Will it be in line with trends and fashion, or something unique and personal - it is up to each and every of us to decide. At aquascaping contest only one thing is “ fake” for me: retouching (to remove something that looks bad or to add something that does not exist in tank). Again (by my opinion) everything else has to be allowed: multiply entries, or sending one tank to many contests, year by year sending same evolved tank to contests, entering with “just” created tank, normal PS adjustments (not retouching),… Why not? Author right is to decide where and how many times will share his work with public. Judges are there to judge and to evaluate it. For example I like to share my work with other people and I like to participate at contests. I am a hobbyist with limited space, time and material resources. Nevertheless in this moment I am running 7 tanks in my flat and office and like them all - a lot! They are all nice but not all of them are aquascapes. Some of them are part of different aqua hobby story and project (plant growers, emersed farms, biotopes, just a fish tanks, etc,…). Some of them are few months old some more than 5 years. With some old ones I entered contests in different years. They are alive things. They are evolving and changing. With some of my old tanks I will almost certainly enter contests again. This year I am entering contests with the tank that I like the most. The only one and the smallest one. At some contests it was rewarded at ILPAC it is not in TOP200. Hey - it is OK by me. No shame – no blame – no disappointment. Last year I participated at different contests with 6 different layouts, but it can not be done every year…. It is not possible to have all tanks in top shape for all the time and for all contests – even for such a crazy hobbyist as myself… So , that’s me – allow everything! However, organizers of contest are making decision what is allowed and what is not. They are making rules for their contest, and their judging panel is deciding what is the best for them and who is the winner and who is the looser. This year IAPLC give us a chance to be part of voting process. It is good for us and for aquascaping. But first they decided about TOP200 tanks that (by their opinion) are the best representatives of their view to aquascaping and NA stile. Are they all by my taste? Some yes, some no - but who cares, again. It was their right to do it and they did it. We will vote a little and then they will decide about winners that best fit their demands and their perception. It is OK by me. Contests and contest galleries are for me as a candy store. Watching all those beauty at one place – perfect!!! A lot of things to analyze, to compare, to learn from,... Enjoy them whatever you decided to do: to participate or just to be a viewer.