Thank you to all my friends for the congratulatory posts! I am humbled and appreciative.
Some people who stand out:
Freph - you'll get there, look again at some of my earlier work and on the first page and you'll see it didn't all come in a day. Keep at it and you'll be there sooner than you think.
Frrok - I've lived through my fair share of bad hurricanes. It might not seem like it now but life will get back to business-as-usual sooner than you think. I'm glad for your safety in the event of Sandy.
TBS - thank you very much my friend! When will you enter?
acitydweller - Thank you for your kind words, are you doing okay with Sandy?
andrewss - the rasbora are an excellent fish!
SaltyNC - thank you for your congrats!
fplata - thanks man! when will we see your 120H hitting the contest rounds?
FlyingHellFish - I was surprised twice. Once when a nano aquarium ranked in the top 200, and second when it placed at 127, beating out much larger scale layouts. It just goes to show that much is possible - when you think of it in terms of the 2021 that entered, that places a tiny 5.5 gallon aquarium in the top 6% or there abouts.
bluestems - they certainly do have an excellent personality, don't they? Kubotai are similar in this regard!
Green_Flash - Thank you my friend!
iter - it's interesting, the feel of wabi sabi. I think it might be the most difficult thing to pull off in the hobby. It's something that I see lacking a lot in european layouts - which isn't a bad thing, they aren't necessarily going for the Japanese aesthetic.
somewhatshocked - soon the photos will be made available!