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Old 01-04-2013, 07:59 PM   #1
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Walstad interview from 2009


Just stumbled upon this so it's new to me...

http://acuariorosa.com/tag/english/page/2/ (Scroll all the way down to the bottom of the page for the interview)

This is a few years old and you have to forgive the author's english but I found it really interesting. I found myself agreeing with a lot of her philosophies on aquariums as slices of (man-made) nature. Also, this has what I assume/hope are pics of Diana's own tanks... I've been curious to see what her tanks look like. I'm a sucker for old-school planted jungle tanks. And I thought it was neat how Walstad herself admits to still trying to find a balance, trying to grow more varieties of plants by adding more light and fish to her tanks.
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Old 01-04-2013, 09:27 PM   #2
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interesting interview. I hope my L. Repens doesnt die off as hers did. She really doesnt think much of the "aquascaping trend" that manypeople on TPT are into hehe.
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LOL no she doesn't think much of "aquascaping" but I don't like how she takes the term aquascaping to mean "high-tech nature aquarium". I think there's a happy middle ground. I like my tanks low-tech, jungly, but in an aesthetically pleasing, organized way. Like a nice low-maintenance planted garden. That's also aquascaping.

I like that she says she can grow rotala macrandra though. Love that plant but I think if I stuck it into any of my tanks it would die a quick death.
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agreed! I also agree that aquascaping and high-tech are NOT synonymous. All of my projects are low tech, but all are planted with a plan and are what I beleive to be "scaped"
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LOL no she doesn't think much of "aquascaping" but I don't like how she takes the term aquascaping to mean "high-tech nature aquarium". I think there's a happy middle ground. I like my tanks low-tech, jungly, but in an aesthetically pleasing, organized way. Like a nice low-maintenance planted garden. That's also aquascaping.

I like that she says she can grow rotala macrandra though. Love that plant but I think if I stuck it into any of my tanks it would die a quick death.
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Old 01-05-2013, 04:54 PM   #5
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While her intense focus has produced some very excellent material for the hobby, I find her dismissive attitude counter-productive. Her concepts blend well with a myriad of material and design choices, whether she approves, appreciates, or respects them or not.
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Counter productive to what?
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Counter productive to what?
Making beautiful aquariums?

I keep meaning to read her book but that kind of put me off. I share her views on Amano style scapes and, to an extent, letting the 'scape' evolve how it wants to but she comes over as being rather rigid and against trying new things. It may just be a wierd pet hate but I'm very sceptial of people who overuse the word 'natural'. Aquariums are entirely an artificial environment even without the chemical fertilisers and CO2 injections, no amount of slap dash planting will alter that.
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