Frank's Planted Tank How-To Mini Novel - The Mini S Returns! New Layout - Page 50 - The Planted Tank Forum
 1Likes
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #736 of 1094 (permalink) Old 07-11-2012, 10:13 PM Thread Starter
Wannabe Guru
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Austin, Tx
Posts: 1,810
In Memoriam.

Cube Garden 60-F Iwagumi

I received a phone call today. The kind of phone call you never wish for, but will inevitably receive. While at the office, there was a phone message from a client and friend of mine's sister - pondering this occurrence, I picked up the phone.

Immediately his sister mentioned having visited once and asked me if I had remembered a customer named Khoa Pham. I said "of course I remember Khoa, I hear he got into medical school, how's he doing?"

She corrected me with the specific field of study and mentioned how hard he had worked, and with some hesitation told me "well, I don't know if you've heard, but...Khoa past. He always spoke very highly of you, and I...just wanted you to know."

This was incredibly shocking news to receive. I remember Khoa very well. The real answer to her question is Khoa was my first real customer shortly after joining ADG and taking over ADA USA in August 2010.

Of course there were plenty of people before him who had bought things from me - but he was the first person I taught aquascaping to and the first person who fully engaged in the complete philosophy of Nature Aquarium. The first real customer I ever had. The kind of person who was passionate about his hobby and always eager to learn more. I sensed that he probably really enjoyed life as well. He was an upbeat and positive guy, enthusiastic all around.

The video I've linked is his. Somehow the scape and the music is extremely fitting.

In what little way I had an impact on his life, I'm grateful for it. I'm grateful that he was able to find incredible enjoyment from Nature Aquarium, and I'm grateful that he made this video that I can share with you today while in remembrance.

I've decided to dedicate my IAPLC 2012 layout entry to him. You can find it listed here, though I'm not able to reveal which one it is directly.

Thank's Khoa. Thanks for being so great.

Last edited by Francis Xavier; 07-11-2012 at 10:33 PM. Reason: typo
Francis Xavier is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #737 of 1094 (permalink) Old 07-11-2012, 10:52 PM
Prodigious Plant Pundit
 
Geniusdudekiran's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Columbia, SC
Posts: 5,371
That is very unfortunate news to hear... I remember seeing his 60-F journal, it was one of the reasons I decided to make the jump to an ADA tank. Very sad to hear, considering how young he must have been. Rest in peace.

"Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication." -- Steve Jobs
Geniusdudekiran is offline  
post #738 of 1094 (permalink) Old 07-11-2012, 10:53 PM
Planted Member
 
Hayden's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Posts: 238
This was my favorite tank, so sad to know he's passed.
Hayden is offline  
post #739 of 1094 (permalink) Old 07-11-2012, 11:43 PM
Wannabe Guru
 
frrok's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Rockaway Beach, NY
Posts: 1,559
Quote:
Originally Posted by Francis Xavier View Post
In Memoriam.

Cube Garden 60-F Iwagumi

I received a phone call today. The kind of phone call you never wish for, but will inevitably receive. While at the office, there was a phone message from a client and friend of mine's sister - pondering this occurrence, I picked up the phone.

Immediately his sister mentioned having visited once and asked me if I had remembered a customer named Khoa Pham. I said "of course I remember Khoa, I hear he got into medical school, how's he doing?"

She corrected me with the specific field of study and mentioned how hard he had worked, and with some hesitation told me "well, I don't know if you've heard, but...Khoa past. He always spoke very highly of you, and I...just wanted you to know."

This was incredibly shocking news to receive. I remember Khoa very well. The real answer to her question is Khoa was my first real customer shortly after joining ADG and taking over ADA USA in August 2010.

Of course there were plenty of people before him who had bought things from me - but he was the first person I taught aquascaping to and the first person who fully engaged in the complete philosophy of Nature Aquarium. The first real customer I ever had. The kind of person who was passionate about his hobby and always eager to learn more. I sensed that he probably really enjoyed life as well. He was an upbeat and positive guy, enthusiastic all around.

The video I've linked is his. Somehow the scape and the music is extremely fitting.

In what little way I had an impact on his life, I'm grateful for it. I'm grateful that he was able to find incredible enjoyment from Nature Aquarium, and I'm grateful that he made this video that I can share with you today while in remembrance.

I've decided to dedicate my IAPLC 2012 layout entry to him. You can find it listed here, though I'm not able to reveal which one it is directly.

Thank's Khoa. Thanks for being so great.
So sorry about your friend. RIP.
frrok is offline  
post #740 of 1094 (permalink) Old 07-12-2012, 12:28 AM
Planted Tank Guru
 
@marko@'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: livingston, nj
Posts: 5,695
i remember that tank.
thats pretty sad.
you have my condolences.
@marko@ is offline  
post #741 of 1094 (permalink) Old 07-12-2012, 02:55 AM
Planted Tank Guru
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Durham, NC
Posts: 2,261
That tank was actually one of the ones that got me into the whole planted tank scene. RIP to a truly inspirational aquascaper and person.
freph is offline  
post #742 of 1094 (permalink) Old 07-13-2012, 06:21 AM
Planted Tank Enthusiast
 
theblondskeleton's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Vancouver, WA, USA
Posts: 545
A great tribute, Frank. And his tank reflected a talent and passion for what you introduced to him. Sorry for your loss.
theblondskeleton is offline  
post #743 of 1094 (permalink) Old 07-13-2012, 09:00 PM Thread Starter
Wannabe Guru
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Austin, Tx
Posts: 1,810
I shall pass on all your well wishes to the family in the letter I am writing them tonight.

I've decided that I'll put my mind to writing a book on Nature Aquarium.
Francis Xavier is offline  
post #744 of 1094 (permalink) Old 07-13-2012, 09:50 PM
Planted Tank Guru
 
@marko@'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: livingston, nj
Posts: 5,695
Quote:
Originally Posted by Francis Xavier View Post
I've decided that I'll put my mind to writing a book on Nature Aquarium.
not a bad idea, id certainly buy a copy.
@marko@ is offline  
post #745 of 1094 (permalink) Old 07-13-2012, 10:50 PM
Prodigious Plant Pundit
 
Geniusdudekiran's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Columbia, SC
Posts: 5,371
Quote:
Originally Posted by @marko@ View Post
not a bad idea, id certainly buy a copy.
Likewise.

"Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication." -- Steve Jobs
Geniusdudekiran is offline  
post #746 of 1094 (permalink) Old 07-24-2012, 03:27 AM Thread Starter
Wannabe Guru
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Austin, Tx
Posts: 1,810
Question

Just a quick photo update of the 60-P, it's currently won my favorite child award between it and the Mini M for now.

Honestly, it has everything to do with this amazing Rotala Colorata thicket:



Close up:



and, since the green glow on top blocks a top down view, this was the first time I really got a look from the top:



The key has been repeat trimmings in a gradient, green gain, ECA and alternating between special lights and step 1.
Francis Xavier is offline  
post #747 of 1094 (permalink) Old 07-24-2012, 03:55 AM
Wannabe Guru
 
2wheelsx2's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Burnaby, BC, Canada
Posts: 1,245
I agree, the Rotala thicket makes the scape.

Filstar pimp #59 (shhhh on the Eheim)
2wheelsx2 is offline  
post #748 of 1094 (permalink) Old 07-24-2012, 10:56 AM
Planted Tank Guru
 
@marko@'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: livingston, nj
Posts: 5,695
+1
LOVE the rotala
@marko@ is offline  
post #749 of 1094 (permalink) Old 07-24-2012, 01:21 PM
Planted Tank Obsessed
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Delaware, OH
Posts: 417
Frank, can you explain trimming in a gradient? Do you mean trimming the outsides shorter than the middle to create the rounded effect? Do you trim the entire area at the same time or do alternating stems so that the bush does not show the trim as much?
Ozydego is offline  
post #750 of 1094 (permalink) Old 07-25-2012, 03:02 PM Thread Starter
Wannabe Guru
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Austin, Tx
Posts: 1,810
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ozydego View Post
Frank, can you explain trimming in a gradient? Do you mean trimming the outsides shorter than the middle to create the rounded effect? Do you trim the entire area at the same time or do alternating stems so that the bush does not show the trim as much?
Sure, I can explain it.

Number one is that when you trim, it's best to just trim everything you can - so when I go to trim the thicket, I also trim the Riccia, etc. Though in cases like Riccia and Rotala Colorata in this instance at the very least, they outgrow everything in the tank, so I won't always trim the Tennellus, etc. with them.

This is why it's important to stick to a few core plant types and slowly get more complicated as your scaping and pruning skills evolve rather than always using new plants. Learn their growth rates, etc. For trimming. The Didiplis Diandra for example can't really be trimmed at all since it's so slow growing.

As for the trim technique itself you can see it expressed better here:



Essentially you are doing your trimming in a diagonal line - trim shorter in the front, taller in the back. Over time you get a gradient of stems going backwards.

As you continue to trim and prune a stem plant mass, they get thicker as they grow back with two nodes replacing the original, and this is how you get the thick and lush look.
Francis Xavier is offline  
Reply

Tags
francis wazeter, francis xavier, frank wazeter, nature aquarium, planted tank how to

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the The Planted Tank Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome