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Anyone else burnt out on seeing Amano style tanks copied so hard?

Seems like every tank these days is just another Amano clone. Iwagumi style does nothing for me to begin with, seems very contrived. A few big rocks, black substrate, and a carpet of HC. Beaten to death if you ask me. I love the more creative style builds in the Tank Journal section, there are some really cool tanks there. The nano iwagumi style tanks are a trend that should end!
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Anyone else burnt out on seeing Amano style tanks copied so hard?

I find it trite when copies of the same design are created such as sand pathways. Iwagumi has been a style of design since before aquariums even came about. The three rocks parallel to the triad of divinities in the buddhism religion. All art will be redundant at one point. It's not just a style, it's a category just like saltwater and freshwater.


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I always love seeing a different style planted tank, something uncommon or just different. Not that I have any issues with very nice Iwagumi Amano style tanks, but they have been done quite often. I think many just do not have the confidence or the internet database for building something 'off the grid' per se. Seeing some of the biotope tanks in the AGA contest website can certainly spawn ideas and angles many had not previously thought of.

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What more creative styles are you referring to?
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The vast majority of students in any discipline will hone their skills copying proven styles--whether it's wood carving, glass blowing, knitting or aqua scaping. Like student painters copying previous era's styles--it builds firsthand knowledge and understanding (hopefully) of techniques and aesthetics.

For many, it stops there. They find a particular subset that appeals to them and spend their time exploring and refining the details of that aesthetic or technique. Or they find themselves content to follow "patterns" laid out before them--reproducing rather than doing original work. And that's fine--it's a comfortable place and a lot of folks get tremendous personal satisfaction doing just that.

For others, it's the launching point to define their own aesthetic or to push the envelope in how far a style or technique can be taken, manipulated and evolved.

In the end, I'd have to question why--assuming they aren't sharing living space with you--anyone else's aquascaping choices should be influenced by your preferences? It's like someone who designs original crochet patterns being upset that thousands of people a day still make traditional granny-square afghans; not everyone is a grand innovator, or needs to be one.
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What's really beaten to death: the whole premise of the original post.

If you don't like a particular tank style? Don't use it and don't look at it.

This dead horse is closed.


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