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    the numbers of aesthetic+hardland inspiration

    As marine aquarium hobbyists we have constantly struggled with the arrangement or aquascape of our systems. Until recently this was widely overlooked…But finally some light is being shed on this, something that freshwater enthusiasts have embraced for years. Fibonacci’s Numbers, The Golden Ratio….No this is not the The Davinci Code, it’s aesthetics.  Because our aquariums […]

    As marine aquarium hobbyists we have constantly struggled with the arrangement or aquascape of our systems. Until recently this was widely overlooked…But finally some light is being shed on this, something that freshwater enthusiasts have embraced for years.

    golden ratio

    Fibonacci’s Numbers, The Golden Ratio….No this is not the The Davinci Code, it’s aesthetics. 

    Because our aquariums are generally limited to a rectangle shape, the “Golden Rectangle” is of particular interest. If you look at the Fibonacci above you can see the two larger offset rectangles. The ratio of these lines is called the golden ratio which can be expressed as:

    golden ratio

     These ratio’s are not fool proof. If you place your rocks based on this number or in groups of fibonacci numbers, it is not guaranteed to look good….but it could possibly help. By spacing rock islands per this vertical plans (as calculated by this ratio) would be a good place to start.

     

    Inspiration 

    I remember when aqua-scaping my first reef at age 11, I checked out ever coral reef photography book the library had. I was amazed at the images, but I quickly realized how far fetched and humbling the pictures were.  I wanted to include dramatic overhangs, ledges, caves, pinnacles and open space in the confine of 30 gallons (it’s not going to happen!)  As I grew older and became interested in the art of Bonsai (if you’re from Chicago check out the Botanical Gardens Collection),  a friend turned me on to Japanese Zen Gardens. Simple and dramatic, I fell in love. Below are some images that show where we drew inspiration for our upcoming system and hopefully that will also inspire you.

     

    mini zen white

    zen1

    kyotozen

     

    3 Comments

    1. February 29, 2008 at 4:18 PM | Permalink

      z -> z^2 + c

    2. February 29, 2008 at 4:29 PM | Permalink

      It’s not just aesthetics, it’s existence…

    3. Will Zhang
      March 3, 2008 at 7:52 AM | Permalink

      Ahh.. The golden swirl. Makes me reminisce of 2d design class. This is definetly something that has been overlooked in reef aquaria. I guess FW guys are more sophisticated 😛

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