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   xoxoxoBruce  Sunday Sep 20 01:11 AM

Sept 20, 2009: Aquascaping

Zillions of people have aquariums... a few fish, a couple of real or fake plants, maybe an arch or sunken treasure chest. This ain't that.

This is about people that aquascape their aquariums. They create beautiful, ecologically balanced scenes, with water plants, rocks, sticks and fish.

Like this;



Quote:
On the still-transitioning part of Fillmore Street, a few blocks away from the boutique wood-oven pizza parlor and the Marc Jacobs store, Aqua Forest Aquarium is the first shop in the United States to specialize in the style known as "nature aquarium" -- the idea that rather than simply housing a colorful collection of fish, an aquarium should reflect the beauty, visual harmony and even tension of a wild landscape. Plants are the main element, but driftwood and stones are used as well to create a more natural feel.
It looks like it would take a lot of research and work to set up, but from there it should pretty much take care of itself.
Hey, sometimes the hippies and yuppies get it right.

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ZenGum  Sunday Sep 20 02:13 AM

So, if you cross a hippie with a yuppie, do you get a guppy?



DucksNuts  Sunday Sep 20 02:57 AM

guppie...wanka



capnhowdy  Sunday Sep 20 08:09 AM

Beautiful. Cool screensavers, too.



newtimer  Sunday Sep 20 10:12 AM

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Originally Posted by capnhowdy View Post
Cool screensavers, too.
No. There are too many rocks and plants. Since those things are mostly stationary, your monitor would eventually burn an image of the rocks and plants into your screen, which is exactly what a screensaver is supposed to prevent.


Cloud  Sunday Sep 20 10:20 AM

big hobby in Europe I understand. It seems a little pointless to me without the fish, but whateva.



mizzie  Sunday Sep 20 10:30 AM

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Originally Posted by Cloud View Post
big hobby in Europe I understand. It seems a little pointless to me without the fish, but whateva.
Actually, I see fish in every one of those pictures. I think the point is to make a more natural habitat for your fish.


xoxoxoBruce  Sunday Sep 20 11:55 AM

Yes, fish are necessary to feed the plants, making it a balanced, self-sustaining, ecosystem. I think Cloud needs a bigger monitor.



jinx  Sunday Sep 20 12:19 PM

My mom bought a self-sustaining ecosystem consisting of a plant, 2 frogs, a snail, and some special gravel for the boy (despite my long-standing 'no animals in cages' position). Well the freakin snail just freakin died. Nice, really nice.
I'm gonna buy her a dog. A big smelly one.



Gravdigr  Sunday Sep 20 04:05 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Cloud View Post
It seems a little pointless to me without the fish, but whateva.
Quote:
Originally Posted by mizzie View Post
Actually, I see fish in every one of those pictures.
Maybe it's just that Cloud doesn't have the fish...

Quote:
Originally Posted by jinx View Post
Well the freakin snail just freakin died.
Freakin' snails.


newtimer  Sunday Sep 20 07:26 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by jinx View Post
... the freakin snail just freakin died.
As a member of the ecosystem, it is now your natural duty to dispose of the ex-snail.

I recommend with butter and garlic.


capnhowdy  Sunday Sep 20 07:40 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by newtimer View Post
As a member of the ecosystem, it is now your natural duty to dispose of the ex-snail.

I recommend with butter and garlic.
I like snorting them.


SPUCK  Monday Sep 21 07:12 AM

I really like fresh water aquascapes. They are so rich and eye pleasing. I have salt water tanks and while the fish knock the socks off of freshwater fish for pizazz the freshwater plants are in a completely different league over anything in salt water.

Here's a shot of an aquascape, I thought was especially nice, that I took at Monterey Bay Aquarium.



Kasszia  Monday Sep 21 11:04 AM

Amazing. I'd love to do something similar with my fishtanks...



Sheldonrs  Monday Sep 21 12:48 PM

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Originally Posted by Kasszia View Post
Amazing. I'd love to do something similar with my fishtanks...
Is that a euphemism?





Gravdigr  Monday Sep 21 03:52 PM

Look at the fishtanks on that gal!!



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