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Old 12-01-2013, 09:52 PM   #1
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60 P old-school 90's Amano style


Just set up this tank today, I wanted to emulate some of Amanos older work, there is no hardscape.

I think it will look nice when it grows in

here's a few ways I directly copied Amanos old work:

I put the Ludwigia Arcuata in front of the Myrio red and then the narrow leaf Java fern in front of that.

I put the Rotala macranda in front of the mayaca

I put the Rotala magenta next to the indica


this is based on a tank he did in 1992, the foreground will be a glosso E. parvula and riccia mix
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Old 12-01-2013, 10:11 PM   #2
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filling now
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Old 12-01-2013, 10:43 PM   #3
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looking better...
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Old 12-01-2013, 10:44 PM   #4
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Looking good so far! Cant wait to see how it develops
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Old 12-01-2013, 10:49 PM   #5
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Throwback nature style, too cool. I was thinking about those old tanks while I was rattlecanning a 29 the other day. Subscribed!
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Old 12-02-2013, 12:21 AM   #6
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I really like the idea here. Do you have a scan of the tank you are going off of. Just would be fun to see.
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Old 12-02-2013, 01:07 AM   #7
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John... Just how many tanks do you have ? I have seen this one, a mini m, mini l, and your 60p with the glass stand... Are there more?
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Old 12-02-2013, 01:08 AM   #8
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looks great, it'll fill in nicely
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Old 12-03-2013, 03:43 PM   #9
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here's some pics of the tanks I drew from they are all 60 cm planted by Amano between 1992-93, the plants speak for themselves
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Old 12-03-2013, 04:53 PM   #10
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more of dutch style
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Old 12-03-2013, 05:01 PM   #11
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more of dutch style
it's more about gently mixing the plants and letting them grow in and compete for light

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it's more about gently mixing the plants and letting them grow in and compete for light
Amano wants to give a natural appearance to his tanks, with nothing too manicured or distinctly heavily bordered. I remember a big tank from one of his NA books where he let glosso just take over the whole thing, I'll see if I can dig it up. Your thread is making me want to do an Amano throwback tank now!
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Old 12-03-2013, 09:19 PM   #13
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respond to PM please.
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Old 12-03-2013, 09:24 PM   #14
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I like your tank. much more character than the tanks with one species of carpeting amongst 4 or five overly placed stones. yours looks very natural and realistic so far. good job for being different.
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Old 12-03-2013, 09:49 PM   #15
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this layout is similar to the 90P in John's signature, particularly before the introduction of the H. Japan; I know this because I purchased it. The tank looks significantly different now but I always admired John's work in person and he's the main reason I am now interested in planted tanks.
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