I have been busy with family and life activities during the summer. Now I am ready to unveil my VAHS aquascape entry.
Much thought went into the aquascape design and much delight from my readings from CRS Fan's bestselling book - "Tips to a winning tank".
His book states you need inspirations, challenges, cunning, cheapness. You do not want to be another Justin Bieber lookalike (aka Amano - although beautiful - every one's tank would look similar). One should take a radical approach.
Here are the influences in my aquascape design:
Inspirations - Amano's approach is to capture a scene from nature (as often described by Joseph UY) and all the wonderful pictures of VAHS Planted tank entries. The other significant inspiration was the summer news event was the snakehead found in the Central Park pond.
Challenges - Many of you have seen the movie "My Fair Lady" and probably cried over the triumphant Rex Harrison and Audrey Hepburn. The discussions over who was doing what with their tanks, bringing in exotic plants from the Antarctica or Shangri la. Like the movie, I wanted to transform something plain into something beautiful. I challenged Stu (aka CRS Fan) to a mano a mano competition. A true challenge using humble plants like water sprite, duckweed, frogbit, etc. He laughed at me and could not accept the challenge.
Cunning - who are the judges, how could I influence them with a design that stood out from the me toos.
Cheapness - With four tanks in my office, my SO would not be particularly happy if I was to grow my hobby by another tank in less than one year. I had to be creative in my approach. Spying my empty quarantine tank ($10 tank from Victor - a BCA member), I was going to build my masterpiece.