2023 KIAC

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Fabian Kussakawa (Brazil) 
Vibrant colors and a solid hardscape. I believe that due to the flow of the aquarium, the fish could be in the same movement as the rocks and not against them. Congrats on the job. 

Alberto Farinello (Italy)
Excellent Brazilian-style iwagumi, spectacular colors and intriguing choice of rocks, plants in excellent health and intelligent choices, like the fish that have an excellent contrast with the rest of the tank. However it remains perhaps a little flat, it would have been better to improve its depth. There is still a pleasant iwagumi. 

Ismael Aguilar (Spain)
Great work, clean, healthy and elegant with a warm atmosphere that conveys a great sense of nostalgia when recalling classic aquariums. I have half of the fish left over and if the depth is true, we should get more out of it. Congratulations. 

Tereza Lazar (Ukraine)
I liked the stones in this work, with which you worked skillfully. The color scheme of the plants is simply mesmerizing. Very good combination of colors, especially reds of different shades. Well chosen flock of fish, which only emphasizes the dynamism of the work. 

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Takayuki Fukada (Japan) 
It is a bright and clean work using beautiful white stones. I personally prefer layouts that focus on strong shadows, so the bright and peaceful layout of this work gave me a very fresh impression. At first glance, this style is often seen in Brazil, but it succeeds in creating a simple and natural atmosphere without using too many brightly colored stemmed plants. Personally, I was very healed with this work. Thank you! 

Ismael Aguilar (Spain)
So much in so little, and so well done is difficult. I can say little negative about this work, the pity is that it does not compete on an equal footing with the rest. Congratulations. 

Hyoungjoo Jeon (Korea)
The composition of this layout is orthodox but the overall balance is excellent. Te perspective is also very well expressed with stone and coarse sand. The arragement of aquatic plants is appropriate. The perfection level of this aquascape is very high. 


Tereza Lazar (Ukraine)
A work that I liked for its lightness, like a breath of oxygen. Very nice and light work. The perspective is perfectly conveyed in such a small volume. You can't even tell that there is such a small volume, it looks like a large aquarium. The plants only emphasize the beauty of the stones. The fish are perfectly lined up in a school. Respect to the author! 

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Selcuk Durmaz (Türkiye) 
Very dense and processed water image. Congratulations. . If the Bolbitis heudelotii used on the right wasn't there, it would have been a smoother transition, which unfortunately distracted me. Instead of a pure white sand on the ground, a slightly more gray tone can be preferred. The ISO value could have been lowered a little while taking pictures. But overall, it's a very good job of photographing fish as a very good flock. I can imagine the difficulty. Overall, I'd say the fit is pretty good. But anyway congratulations for an amazing job!!! 

Tereza Lazar (Ukraine)
Very juicy, bright and light work, it is very light and airy. Healthy plants emphasize the dynamics of the branches in the aquarium. Nothing superfluous, each plant is in its place. Thank you for the pleasure of contemplating this work! 

Ismael Aguilar (Spain)
Great work, very natural and with special strength due to the roots covered in mosses that are the most striking of the set with a great flow. Especially noteworthy is the healthiness of the planting in this work and I like the work in the beach area, very natural. The work is very good but it could use less light on the sides to create an atmosphere that highlights the strong points of the work. Congratulations. 


Jaesun Cho (Korea)
The arrangement of driftwood, conveying the flow of water, is impressive. The health and proper placement of the aquatic plants bring visual delight and make the viewer believe that the artist must have felt happy while creating this piece. Thank you for showing us this wonderful artwork. 

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Takayuki Fukada (Japan) 
It is a beautiful layout with well-balanced composition and good condition of plants throughout. I was the same, but no one would be able to imagine that this work was actually made with a 60cm tank. In fact, this work is made so precisely and carefully. The beautiful planting and strong driftwood are impressive, but there is not much difference in the specific gravity of the driftwood on the left and right, so if possible, it would be better if the driftwood on the left had a little more volume. 

Ismael Aguilar (Spain)
A safe bet, in which all the elements are where and how they should be. Another work with a lot of merit for taking advantage of so little space. Congratulations. 

Alberto Farinello (Italy)
One of my favorites, balanced hardscape, great variety of plants in excellent health, fish in excellent position make this shot a great result. It could have been in my top 3 if only it was bigger, at the front it looks a bit under pressure. I would also have preferred a greater ripple on the surface. However, it remains an excellent result carried out with great skill.


Jaesun Cho (Korea)
Though not a new style of layout, this artwork is impressive, with hidden details within its simplicity. The use of reflections on the surface and glass effectively expands the visual space. It's astonishing that such expression is achievable in a 60cm aquarium. 

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Takayuki Fukada (Japan)
It's an orthodox style, but overall it's very natural and beautiful. In particular, the harmonious beauty of plants is wonderfully expressed, and it successfully draws out the charm of all kinds of plants. I think another appeal of this work is that there is a space where the fish can fully swim. It's a amazing work with a very relaxing layout that we can watch forever. 

Selcuk Durmaz (Türkiye)
Plant selection and use is successful. but the lack of pruning could not reflect this to the opposite side.Also some touches to the middle area are needed Congratulations on this successful work! 

Agussalim Jamauddin (Indonesia)
An ordinary idea, but the color gradations and miroring of plants and hardscape make it extraordinary. I really like the selection of stem plants which makes the layout have lots of layers. I see moss and driftwood on the right with an unnatural color, maybe the effect of the lights or editing. schooling fish is very good, lucky to get a schooling moment like that.

Ismael Aguilar (Spain)
Good work, natural, simple but well balanced, I like the broken path and the whole foreground area. It would have been good for him to open the vanishing point and define it better, there is enough space at 60 cm. The moss on the left branch is burnt, too bad. Congratulations.

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Fabian Kussakawa (Brazil)
A nature aquarium with a more vintage style proposal. Despite being a bit wild, this aquascaper managed in my point of view to balance the plants with the hardscape in the proposed style. The narrows could be more in thicker thickets and not as widely spaced. 

Alberto Farinello (Italy)
A wild masterpiece, I love the lightness of the hardscape and the choice of plants, the tub is arranged on vary layers creating movement, it seems alive, evolving. I also particularly like the photography, the lights have been cleverly used emphasizing this moving aura. Excellent choice of fish, a truly noteworthy tank, high creativity and style. 

Ismael Aguilar (Spain)
A very natural work that completely immerses you in an underwater environment. The play of light and shadow is spectacular, however the planting is scarce, especially in the foreground and in the sandy area, which would need the same work as the part near the surface. Congratulations.

Jaesun Cho (Korea)
Regardless of its ranking, this is one of my favorite entries this year. Although the health and quantity of the aquatic plants might be slightly disappointing, the layout style is one that many would want to try, and its natural flow can be felt. 

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Selcuk Durmaz (Türkiye)
Although i have seen similar designs beforeThe design is very compatible with the name and The forest feeling was definitely reflected in me. some materials (root and rock) should have been used as an extra in the foreground. Congratulations on this successful work! 

Agussalim Jamauddin (Indonesia)
I feel like in forest, very natural with the style of tall trees with a balanced selection of tree sizes and a combination of plants that seem wild. I saw a different fish being schooled.

Ismael Aguilar (Spain)
Very good forest but needs pruning, it is not easy to find the balance. Congratulations.

Tereza Lazar (Ukraine)
I love the forest very much and this work reminded me of my walks in the forest. The atmosphere of the summer morning forest is very well conveyed. There is comfort and tranquility here. I like the moss on the tree trunks. It is very nice. 

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Fabian Kussakawa (Brazil)
Even though this aquarium is using micro roots it caught my attention for the cross flow with the reflection. I could even use a reflection with movement, but I believe it was the best choice because it achieved a longer plane due to the reflection and depth. The caveat is for the fauna that could be with more fish and a better positioning as well. Congratulations! 

Ismael Aguilar (Spain)
A showy hard work with an acceptable planting. You have to take care of certain details such as cleaning the sand in the glass area and not forget that we play a lot with the photo, much better in this case. Congratulations.

Hyoungjoo Jeon (Korea)
It created an open space in the center with driftwood and reflection. The reflectivity of the water surface is very good. Unfortunately, the aquatic plants seem to have just been planted. White sand is too clean to look natural. Nevertheless, it's a wonderful work to be applauded.

Jaesun Cho (Korea)
The first impression of this artwork is strong. The arrangement of driftwood is beautiful, and the atmosphere is impressive. It would have been even better with a sense of undulation on the water surface, but the current appearance is still splendid. 

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Selcuk Durmaz (Türkiye)
A comforting simplicity. This is very well reflected. Congratulations on this successful work! 

Ismael Aguilar (Spain)
Simple but very healthy. There are plants that attract a lot of attention and break with the harmony of the whole, such as the reineki or the tripartite. Congratulations.

Alberto Farinello (Italy)
This tank personally can easily win the best style award. I love the choice of small mosses placed along the surface of the rocks that could have also been applied in the shadow part of the main rock so as to create small bright dots in the darkness. Unfortunately the left side is slightly unbalanced, more shadows would have been needed for a job with enormous potential. Aquascaper will certainly go a long way.

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Ismael Aguilar (Spain)
The harscape is very flat. I like the use of utricularia and the use of stalactites, it brings back good memories of some of my previous work. Congratulations. 

Tereza Lazar (Ukraine)
This is a wonderful work. I like the composition and the well-chosen plants that smooth out the guest stones, making the work soft and cozy.

Jaesun Cho (Korea)
A pleasing artwork at first sight. The solid layout evokes a sense of stability and comfort, while the bold changes in the upper and middle parts amplify that feeling. It's a bit regrettable that the dark areas on the left and right take up a significant portion.

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Agussalim Jamauddin (Indonesia)
I see there are 5 sizes of trees that make up a lot of depth. A fallen tree should be emphasized that it is a tree, the plant should be reduced to emphasize that it is a fallen tree. there is a lot of bubble pearling, preferably when taking photos, if pearling you should first turn off the light, then turn it on to continue the photo process. overall I like this tree forest style.

Ismael Aguilar (Spain)
Incredible work, a perfect forest where each tree is positioned in the perfect place to achieve a sensation of magnificent depth. I think that the use of red plants on the horizon subtracts more than contributes, there are better plants for that position. As negative notes, the number of bubbles that can be seen in the photo, a pity and the position and the small number of fish for such a large aquarium. Congratulations, great work.

Fabian Kussakawa (Brazil)
Need more fishes. 

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Hyoungjoo Jeon (Korea)
Compared to the level of the driftwood-based hardscape, the selection and condition of the aquatic plants are not up to that. It appears to have been planted not long ago. In addition, relatively large-sized Anubias and Bucephalandra are cutting the benefits of hardscape. But the big frame that hardscape has is great. Congratulations.

Agussalim Jamauddin (Indonesia)
The hardscape is already very good, but the selection of large anubias plants interferes with the dimensions. if the selection of plants and the placement of plants is done better it will be much better.

Ismael Aguilar (Spain)
A flat hardscape with no areas to highlight and with a planting that seems to have suffered, and that despite being made up mostly of ricardia, with how demanding it is. Congratulations.

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Selcuk Durmaz (Türkiye)
I have always liked the Nymphaea plant, which is the first to stand out in the design, and the visuals close to the water surface. It is clear that it has not yet completed its development, just like other plants. Congratulations on this successful work! 

Fabian Kussakawa (Brazil)
The flow is interesting, but it lacked driving the bolbitis in the same flow, and giving a final touch to the stem plants. Good job.

Alberto Farinello (Italy)
Very interesting hardscape, perhaps a little more depth would have greatly improved the result, plays a lot with light and shadow creating a magical atmosphere. Almost perfect choice of fish, they blend beautifully with the natural environment. Left side maybe a little too dark. Good choice of plants and mosses, all kept in very good health.

Ismael Aguilar (Spain)
Great work, very natural and pleasing to the eye, with a good flow created between hardscape and planting towards a vanishing point that, without being very defined, is understood... although it would have been ideal to work on it a bit more. The right part is not as accomplished as the left. Congratulations.

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Agussalim Jamauddin (Indonesia)
I really like moss that grows well. the character of the wood is well displayed. I'm sure the fishes will be happy there. 

Ismael Aguilar (Spain)
Healthy plant but it needs more pruning, I sense that many details of the hard have been lost, Congratulations.

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Fabian Kussakawa (Brazil)
The shadows could be a little more highlighted and the use of more stem plants to generate more layers. Small area of space on the front. The final photograph could be less saturated. However, it is a beautiful aquarium. 

Ismael Aguilar (Spain)
Good work, a powerful wood hard that transmits movement from right to left. I like the contrasts of wood and planting and above all the vanishing point that enhances the depth of the work, however the opening on the left says nothing to the whole. Pity about the lack of definition of the photo, we must not forget that although the aquarium contest is judged by a photo. Congratulations.

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Selcuk Durmaz (Türkiye)
The composition is very well thought out in my opinion, but unfortunately it is a misfortune and the photography looks very bad. Unfortunately, the quality of the photo is very important in the evaluations. I see this as a misfortune for you. And I recommend you to focus more on the importance of the subject of photography in your next works. Because it's obvious you're doing good work. Congratulations on this successful work! 

Fabian Kussakawa (Brazil)
Fauna positioning is at the right moment for the final photo. Shadows are interesting. The left side could use a little more work to generate more depth. The saturation in my opinion was a little excessive. However, it is a beautiful tank.

Ismael Aguilar (Spain)
The photo does not help to analyze this aquarium well, of which I mainly highlight the fish, since the planting is simple but it does not seem to be in optimal conditions. Congratulations.

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Ismael Aguilar (Spain)
Good work, it reminds me of one from 2018... will it be by the same author? What a good play of light and shadow, with these two large pieces in the foreground, although they are not in tune with the rear trunks, it is a strange but striking mix. Congratulations. 

Jaesun Cho (Korea)
My favorite artwork among this year's entries. The use of brightness contrast between the foreground and background creates a refreshing feel, and the details in the front are beautiful. The arrangement of the aquatic plants also showcases the artist's excellent skills. Thank you for showing us this impressive artwork.

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Ismael Aguilar (Spain)
The plants are very healthy but need more pruning, they have eaten the hardscape. There are plenty of fish, practically halfway to the right, it would be more proportionate. Congratulations.

Selcuk Durmaz (Türkiye)
The first thing to notice is too much contrast.I think it is a mistake to use the java types used in the foreground in the background.I'm pretty sure the plant species in general are healthy. The fish selection is correct but if we compare the tank sizes, it seems overused in terms of numbers. Congratulations on this successful work!

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Fabian Kussakawa (Brazil)
Despite being a widely used style, this one has the contrast of foreground and background giving an interesting depth. But there was a lack of more plans with definitions both in hardscape work and in the clean area. I liked the work of plants climbing the trunks. The fauna could have more fish to generate a greater impact.

Agussalim Jamauddin (Indonesia)
I only saw four types of plants, Bucephalandra, Us Fissiden, ricardia and a little Hemianthus Micranthemoides (Baby Tears). the layout is very nice, like a big fallen tree in a big tropical forest with a dark background. the selection of fish and the number of fish make the tree big. good job.


Ismael Aguilar (Spain)
A little worked harscape, there is a mixture of things that don't make much sense with each other, I don't know if he wanted to do a forest or an underwater. The plants are fine, somewhat grown. Congratulations.

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Ismael Aguilar (Spain)
Nice Basilian-style work, there are several in the contest, all well executed with hardly any hitches and small proportions, they all seem to be works by the same author... or from the same school. The pity is that he plays at a disadvantage due to his size. Congratulations.

Jaesun Cho (Korea)
A remarkable piece where the artist turns an ordinary layout into something unique with detailed use of aquatic plants. The thoughtful use of reflections on the water surface and the left glass successfully expands the visual space, achieving overall balance. Impressive!

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