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A Beautiful Mess

By Leonard Ho - Posted Mar 19, 2015 09:00 AM
Aquarists often put a lot of effort into sculpting carefully orchestrated aquascapes with immaculate layers, textures, and arrangements. But sometimes letting nature take over can produce gorgeous (and it goes without saying, very natural) results.

To borrow Leonard Nimoy's (RIP) final tweet:  "A life aquarium is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory." We often try to impose our vision on everything we touch (in aquariums and life), but often relinquishing control to nature and simply enjoying the moment can reveal the greatest satisfactions.

Here is a lovely aquarium where the plants are growing unkempt amidst a messy pile of rock and driftwood.  The "finished" product is wonderfully natural.  The stunning Apistogramma cichlids certainly don't hurt either.  Granted, a considerable amount of planning probably went into the original layout of the aquascape, but it's clear this aquarist took a more hands-off approach as the aquarium matured ... with spectacular results.

Author: Leonard Ho
Location: Southern California

I'm a passionate aquarist of over 30 years, a coral reef lover, and the blog editor for Advanced Aquarist. While aquarium gadgets interest me, it's really livestock (especially fish), artistry of aquariums, and "method behind the madness" processes that captivate my attention.


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