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The illusion of space

By Leonard Ho - Posted Apr 26, 2017 09:00 AM
How big does this aquascape look to you? If you're like me, it looks much bigger than its actual size: 45x30x30cm (17x12x12") = 10 gallons. Paying attention to scale and arrangement can result in a aquacape that appears much bigger than it really is.
The illusion of space

Like any good artist, a good aquascaper can draw your eye where he/she intends.

This is Thai aquascaper Ittipong Deewan's creation, "Cave of Souls."  By selecting the appropriately sized rocks, plants, and live stock and arranging the elements to create a framed vanishing point towards the top middle (aided by the placement of the light, which draws your eyes towards the vanishing point), Deewan was able to create the illusion of width and depth that belies the aquariums actual small dimensions.

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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