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10-01-2007 10:05 AM
ragn4rok #13 Judy Prajitno, Indonesia (600cm (20ft) tank)
10-01-2007 09:50 AM
gotcheaprice Does anyone know what kind of moss he/she used in the tree for 9th place? I always wanted to try that, but though of using java ferns instead of moss, but now that I see the moss, it'd probably look a lot nicer... Too bad in Hawaii we only really have access to Java instores..
09-30-2007 04:12 PM
Cannonbolt On tank #3, for example, how do they get such "verticalness" to the tank? It's like green growing mounds and I love it, I'd really like to try my hand at replicating it...
09-29-2007 01:03 AM
ringram That would be cool. I 2nd that...I think APC does something like that, not 100% sure. I know there's a site out there that does though.
09-29-2007 12:55 AM
frozenbarb I Wonder Could we Hold a Yearly COntest Called the TPT Contest, .

One with the Best tank. Gets money or something? Maybe Donation
09-28-2007 07:52 PM
eklikewhoa Awesome looking winners!
09-28-2007 05:44 PM
plantbrain I liked 1st, 10 and the waterfall was well done for that theme.
I'm a bit torn with that type of method, a bit hokey, yet also well done.
10 had the best "new" theme with the rocks poking up and out.
11 has very good rock work.

Seems most of the tanks where well placed this year.

Take a look at tanks from the first ADA contest.
Now compare them to these.

Also, looking at the last 2-3 years, they have a very similar shape and sizing for the tanks for the winners.

Most are deeper style tanks or basic, most are larger sizes(70-200 gallon).
Something to ponder if you want to try and do this.

Also, look at plant choices used here.
Most are pretty easy to grow stems, Crypts and ferns etc.

No massive Tonia and Erio displays really.

What is being done is effective excellent hardscaping(both rocks and wood), excellent photography, heavy pruning and topping to get the nice rounded clumps of Pearl weed, Rotala green etc.

The plants used are not the eclectic, nor is the lighting that high.
Some thoughts to ponder when trying to achieve your own goals.

Good contest results this year.

Tom Barr
09-28-2007 05:02 PM
aquanut415 all those tanks are beautiful... but what is really blowing my mind is the quality of photography (and editing) we are seeing... even if my tank looked that nice, getting the photo to look that good would be nearly impossible at this point.

09-28-2007 04:06 PM
Subotaj 446. yosi biton, Israel

09-28-2007 04:28 AM
ringram Wow! That one that Subotaj posted is amazing, but I also really like #3. Beautiful layering effect. I wonder how this was accomplished. Do you think the person actually built the substrate up in the back, or do you think those are just really tall rocks of which you're only able to see the very tips?
Also, in #3, there seems to be a great deal of shadows and dark areas. I'm mainly talking about the reddish plants in the midground between the moss and HM. I wonder how these don't just rot at the bottom parts due to insufficient light.
09-28-2007 04:09 AM
ikuzo if i may add, number 13 is some one from my country. a massive 6 m (20 feet) tank... really beautiful.

photo credit goes to the owner Mr Arif Hamsa.
09-28-2007 03:09 AM
AlGee I can't get into those terrestrial-imitation type of layouts like that tree one. Looks nice but just a bit too hokey.
09-28-2007 02:15 AM
I think it was basically pulled cotton fibers/strands carefully arranged to look like a waterfall.
but no.
here is the answer
09-28-2007 01:43 AM
Originally Posted by RoseHawke View Post
What on earth . . . ? What is that on #9, a "waterfall" of sand??? It's a cool effect however it's done!
I saw a thread a few months ago (not sure if it was on this board or another) that explained the waterfall effect. I think it was basically pulled cotton fibers/strands carefully arranged to look like a waterfall.

All entries were impressive and put my tanks to shame. I liked #3 the best.
09-28-2007 12:52 AM
frozenbarb Number 9 the tree THing i saw that before, Was it from APC i dont know but that one looks HOt. SO is the one that got delay the Co2 bubbles makes a pretty waterfall

#3 is Very nice and Weeped Down
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