Cross-posted from APC last night...figured a 2nd set of opinions might be interesting. Putting it here b/c it's more on the subject of fishkeeping in general than planted tanks specifically...
This might seem like an obscure question, but what the heck. It's something I've been contemplating for awhile. Worst that can happen is people can laugh me off the face of the internet, I suppose. :icon_mrgr
I've noticed in recent years that there's a rising genre of art/illustration often described as "pet portraiture" - which is pretty much what it says on the tin. Paintings, drawings, depictions, etc. of beloved pets - sometimes living ones, sometimes deceased. Mostly its done with cats and dogs (and horses), since they're often more "sentimental" pets, but considering how crazy some people are about their fish (*cough*me*cough*), I've been wondering for awhile now whether there might be a market for (or at least some interest in) fish "portraits"? Maybe an artistic reproduction of a favorite fish photo, a depiction of a prized show fish, a painting of your favorite shoaling species playing amongst hard-to-cultivate flora? Or even art based on your own aquascape...
I'm asking this here in particular (as opposed to some general aquaria forum) because I suspect plant/aquascaping people tend to be the more aesthetically inclined fish hobbyists (at least more so than the guys with bare-bottomed guppy factories in their basements), and are also a wonderful resource in terms of pretty tank pictures.
I will also point out that if you hang it on your wall, it becomes the ultimate no-maintenance fishkeeping or plant setup. :icon_mrgr
So, thoughts, anyone? Does it seem like an interesting idea? Am I totally bonkers? Should I shut up and go back to neurotically arranging the plants in my tanks? Would you ever want something like that? Will I ever stop asking questions?
(actually, I can answer that last one... the answer is "no" :icon_mrgr)