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Old 01-07-2005, 06:56 PM   #1
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I've seen the term" jungle aquarium" thrown around and wonder what that actually means. Is there a difference between a Jungle aquarium and one that is merely not properly groomed, pruned and care for, basically let run wild?

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Old 01-07-2005, 07:24 PM   #2
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IMO its all about personal taste. What one person call a jungle another will suggest a plant for that "bare spot."
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Old 01-07-2005, 07:41 PM   #3
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I dunno, I don't think "Jungle Aquarium" is an official aquascaping technique. Generall it is used to describe a tank that might be a bit overgrown, or have too many varieties of plants.
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Old 01-07-2005, 08:03 PM   #4
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All a matter of personal tastes. All my tanks follow the jungle philosophy.

Some of the "official" techniques I've seen, including award winners don't do a thing for me and some of those judged "jungle" are some of the best. Just not mine ...
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Old 01-07-2005, 08:05 PM   #5
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My understanding of the term is that it refers to an aquarium that isn't constantly being poked and proded and trimmed every other day. The plants are generally left to assume a natural appearance rather than a contrived one. Think of an Amano tank and then think exactly the opposite.
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Old 01-07-2005, 08:09 PM   #6
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Heh, Amano, at least from what I've read of his "nature" philosophy, it has little to with nature as it occurs under water and more to do with what he thinks "nature" should look like, usually something not under water.

But that's his bag I guess.

My main reason for not tweaking and pruning all the time is once my tank has achieved a certain level of balance, I'm loathe to do something that might upset it.
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Old 01-07-2005, 08:35 PM   #7
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I would suspect calling them "Nature" tanks might be a mistranslation, or just as close as they can get with the translation anyway. If you look at a Japanese garden, and look at Amano's tanks you can see the same philosphies at play IMHO.

Mine's a jungle at the moment, but it's more because I'm trying to see what's gong to survive ! I don't think I ever want to order an "assortment" of plants again. Especially of what turns out to be unlabeled plants .
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I'll give you an example LOL

Grow out:


Jungle



Do some hacking back in the grow out tank...wait 5 days and you get another jungle LOL
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