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Amano's small tanks from Book 2

I was just flipping through Nature Aquarium World book 2, which is the one with all those tiny tanks, where he shows them in actual, life-size, and it really shocks me to see the kinds of fish he puts in them.

I wanted to know what other people here think about it. I know Takashi is the guru, and he obviously knows what he's doing, but no matter what, I can't see how it's acceptable to put a school of cardinals or neons in a 5 liter tank. He also has some small tanks with, not one, not two, but several yellow rams, along with all the other fish and shrimp. Yes, the fish are well-taken care of, but still, there's not much room for these fish to do much moving.

Knowing that Mr. Amano is no noob, and that he knows how to take care of wildlife, what do you all think about his putting schools of microrasbora in a half-liter tank?
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I agree with you on the fish load. I admire Amano with his layouts and his skills. But I often wondered about this too. There is a school of thought with a planted tank, that the plants sort of offer additional filtration and provide a better environment. My lfs guys seem to think it is okay to add a few more fish to a planted tank as opposed to a regular non planted one.

I originally come from the school of cichlids...so agression is more of an issue for me. While I don't keep them in my planted tanks for obvious reasons, space and territory has been embedded in my mind for years. Even though fish like neons and such don't require territory, and feel safer in larger numbers; I can't see keeping those numbers in such a small tank.

I know from reading his set ups that he majorly overfilters. But still..cramped quarters man...
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sometimes i think the guy cares about getting the right look than a good home for fish, this is an example
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you can squeak in a few more fish in a planted tank because of the bio-filtration it provides.

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Agreed and I believe he would say the same...Most of those tanks are temporary with fish anyway.


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I see this quite often with aquascapers. It seems like as long as bioload isn't an issue, the fish's space needs, temperament, etc is often ignored, which is unfortunate.
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Most of those tanks are temporary with fish anyway.
That was the hunch I had, but I didn't know for sure. It sounds like he just puts together the little nano tanks, does the photography, and then moves the inhabitants back into a bigger tank. I hope so, anyway.

He conveniently never mentions how long the tanks are setup for...
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Agreed and I believe he would say the same...Most of those tanks are temporary with fish anyway.
no there not.

he has a gallery specially for tanks he does
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I highly doubt that he keeps the fish in there once the photo is taken. Afterall, he also has photos of goldfish in what amounts to little more than cups of water placed on the floor in a sliver of sunshine. Amano seems much more in tune with nature (plants and animals) to subject them to cramped and unfavorable conditions.
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How unfortunate. Poor fishes. I also hope that he only uses the fish for photography purposes.
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The fish are for staging in his smaller tanks.


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i borrowed this book from my local public library and was quite surprised at this too. i sincerly do hope its only temorary, as i know amano is quite the guru.
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I think Amano is more considered as an aquascaping artist. Unlike most of the other fishkeeper like you and me here, he is probably more concerned about the overall artistry of his tank than the well being of the livestock in the tank.

That being said, I do believe most of the time he only put those fish in the tank temproary for the photoshoot...like how you never see any equipments in his tanks in the photo.
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