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Old 09-20-2009, 12:11 AM   #1
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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.

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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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Old 09-20-2009, 01:13 AM   #2
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So, if you cross a hippie with a yuppie, do you get a guppy?
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Old 09-20-2009, 01:57 AM   #3
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Old 09-20-2009, 07:09 AM   #4
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Beautiful. Cool screensavers, too.
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Old 09-20-2009, 09:12 AM   #5
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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.
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Old 09-20-2009, 09:20 AM   #6
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big hobby in Europe I understand. It seems a little pointless to me without the fish, but whateva.
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Old 09-20-2009, 09:30 AM   #7
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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.
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Old 09-20-2009, 10:55 AM   #8
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Yes, fish are necessary to feed the plants, making it a balanced, self-sustaining, ecosystem. I think Cloud needs a bigger monitor.
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Old 09-20-2009, 11:19 AM   #9
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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.
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Old 09-20-2009, 03:05 PM   #10
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It seems a little pointless to me without the fish, but whateva.
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Actually, I see fish in every one of those pictures.
Maybe it's just that Cloud doesn't have the fish...

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Well the freakin snail just freakin died.
Freakin' snails.
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Old 09-20-2009, 06:26 PM   #11
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... 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.
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Old 09-20-2009, 06:40 PM   #12
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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.
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Old 09-21-2009, 06:12 AM   #13
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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.
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Old 09-21-2009, 10:04 AM   #14
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Amazing. I'd love to do something similar with my fishtanks...
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Old 09-21-2009, 11:48 AM   #15
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Amazing. I'd love to do something similar with my fishtanks...
Is that a euphemism?


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