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What catches your eye?

When you browse thumbnails of tanks, is there a particular aspect that will consistantly prompt you to look at the full view? It could be the shape of the layout, wood vs. cool rocks, color vs. all green, etc.

While I find a variety of tanks beautiful to look at, I'm never happy with my own. I spent some time browsing the "your tanks" (one of my favorite activities) and looking through the Amano books and found I'm always drawn to the tanks with a particular characteristic (that never happens in my own tanks).

I'm curious to see if others are the same way, and if so, what draws them.
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I think the drawing factor is just an attractive, unique structure. You can have beautiful fish and plants, but i think its the hardscape/plant layout that makes or breaks a tank. And as far as not being happy with your own scaping, its always good to start out copying one you like and then making it your own.

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Well, right now since I'm at the ground floor of planting my room divider aquarium, I'm really studying ones with layouts I'm going to aim for.

Tanks with 3 viewing angles, tanks with driftwood and "island" planting, and really gorgeous low tech and discus tanks!

I really like the ones with low ground covers too. But heck, practically all the tanks here are worth looking at closely! .

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I try to look at the color balance and fullness. Also healthyness!


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I agree with all the points made, but you guys are cheating. What one thing always catches your eye--even if the tank overall is only so-so?

For me, it's lots of foreground--whether it's open or filled with low plants. I think I may need to start planting my foreground first when I do a tank and then fill in the back, rather than putting in all my plants and hoping there's at least a little patch left for a token show of a foreground.
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I think its the contrast between driftwood/hardscape and plants and the flow of the plants with a current. My favorite tanks show some motion which keeps the scape from looking too static. The second thing I notice is the fore/mid/background and open areas. Combine a nice open space with some interesting wood and perhaps flowing plants or a nice layering and... Voila! Something gels there.





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Colors and leaf shape? oops that's 2 hehe.

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Wow, I'd never thought about motion. And with that in mind, I see why my little 15 that I should be liking looks so flat and boring--nothing moves in it. Thanks for the eye-opener.
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Great topic! Hmmm, what is that initial "wow" factor that makes me say, "Geez, I wish mine looked like that!" Besides healthy and algae-free which just seems to be the brass ring in my case. But that's for another thread .

I would say layout. Specifically I seem to find myself attracted to tanks that have that pruned, "just so" planned look like you would find in a Japanese Garden. Not the Iwagumi necessarily. Just layered textures. Pity I don't seem to have the knack to achieve this myself.

Although it was sort of a toss-up with hardscape (despite the fact my own tank doesn't have any at the moment.) An aesthetically pleasing bit of driftwood well-integrated into the overall plan also catches my eye.

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