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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.

Agussalim Jamauddin (Indonesia)
I really like the combination of plants. especially the microsorum trident which follows the direction of drifwood. choosing hermianthus Cuban is a difficult challenge, only masters can grow cuba, let alone try it on hardscape. it would be even better if you added a colored stem plant on the top right which is still empty. Good job....

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Ismael Aguilar (Spain)
The hardscape is massive, there are things that are left over and others that are not well integrated and the same happens with some plants, however the fish are the best in the aquarium. Congratulations.

Takayuki Fukada (Japan)
The intricately woven driftwood effect is amazing and giving the impression of being in a deep forest. By skillfully changing the impression of driftwood between the foreground and the background, the mystery of the forest as well as the sense of depth are well expressed. Also, the fish species are well suited to this layout and the positions of the fish are appropriate. If possible, the impression will be even better if a little more Hygrophila pinnatifida is planted to prevent color monotony.

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Takayuki Fukada (Japan)
It's a strange layout like a painting, but it successfully reproduces the atmosphere of the forest. Actually creating such a scape requires a very detailed plan from the hardscape stage, and there is a risk that the impression will be greatly different depending on where and what kind of plants are planted. In that sense, I believe that this work succeeds in reproducing the landscape on a very high level.There are parts where the plants in the background are not yet full of volume, so it will be even more perfect after a while.

Alberto Farinello (Italy)
The concept of this tub is phenomenal, the split along the wood is simply brilliant, it would have a really high potential, but in my opinion there is little balance between front and back, creating the perfect depth is a very difficult job but in this case the overall design was truly brilliant. Unfortunately the fish are lost a bit, it would be nice if there was more contrast. Plants normal but in good health.

Ismael Aguilar (Spain)
Magnificent hardscape, a forest executed to the millimeter, however the planting has symptoms of immaturity, which show that this aquarium has not been planted for a long time. The choice of fish is not successful, they go unnoticed. Congratulations.

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Fabian Kussakawa (Brazil)
The color of the roots and trunks could be less saturated for more impact. However, the quality of a dedicated work is noted.

Ismael Aguilar (Spain)
Good forest, good transition of elements and a great work on the road. I miss more natural mosses in the woods, that is achieved with a good dsm. Congratulations

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Ismael Aguilar (Spain)
Although a bit of a chaotic hard, it achieves depth along a path that is somewhat forced and too straight. Congratulations.

Jaesun Cho (Korea)
The arrangement of trees in this artwork is impressive. Although every aspect is commendable, there are some slight shortcomings. The lack of tidiness in the clustering of aquatic plants leads to a somewhat chaotic appearance. Thank you for showing us this wonderful artwork.

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Ismael Aguilar (Spain)
It is difficult nowadays to compete with a classic Ryuboku, it has merit... perhaps it could use more narrowness in the final part to gain sensation of movement from right to left. The plants are great. Congratulations.

Jaesun Cho (Korea)
A simple style, yet the artist's happiness is evident in this layout. If there were more variation in the height of the prominent trees, it would have been completed as a more impressive composition. Thank you for showing us this wonderful artwork.

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Ismael Aguilar (Spain)
Simple hardscape, with a planting that looks good, although the photo doesn't help, poor quality. I think the trees are placed later since the harscape was too low. Congratulations.

Selcuk Durmaz (Türkiye)
At first glance, the simplicity and the transitions of red tones look very good. There is only a lot of space in the background, I think it is an unfinished design. Congratulations on this successful work!

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Agussalim Jamauddin (Indonesia)

Very flat, preferably with one or two large rocks as a focal point. it will make the layout more dynamic.

Ismael Aguilar (Spain)
If you want to recreate a mountainous landscape, it is advisable to put the large and impact elements in the foreground and from there, transition the planes to gain depth. Reminds me of my first work, I made the same mistake. It would have been necessary to wait a little longer after pruning to make it look more natural. Congratulations.

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Ismael Aguilar (Spain)
A curious work, which would earn more with a higher horizon. There are areas with algae. Congratulations.

Selcuk Durmaz (Türkiye)
An interesting layout but very symmetrical. The Nature Aquarium requires more emotion, more contemplation and therefore more naturalness. And that's a good job mirrored. The choice of plants used on the ground in the foreground did not seem like the right choice. In addition, the algae problem is clearly seen in the plants and roots that are in the foreground. I think you are experiencing luck. Well done, please keep up the aquascaping congratulations!

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Jaesun Cho (Korea)
A fantastic artwork. Lowering the proportion of moss and increasing the variety of aquatic plant species would make it a perfect piece. It would receive even better feedback if the natural appearance of trees and stones were more visible. Thank you for showing us this wonderful artwork.

Ismael Aguilar (Spain)
I think the best thing about this aquarium is the planted one, and I say I think because it can't be appreciated well in the photo, it has a low resolution. The lianas give it a distinctive touch, but at the same time they look artificial, I think they subtract more than add. The path so displaced to the left and without knowing where it is going really puzzles me. Congratulations.

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Ismael Aguilar (Spain)
Simple hardscape with a rock that is spectacular for its texture, but the whole is flat and at no time is there an intention to seek depth. The planting seems not to be in optimal conditions. Congratulations.

Jaesun Cho (Korea)
A striking first impression. It's challenging to maintain the clean appearance of the heavily creviced stones, but this work manages to showcase excellent maintenance. The arrangement of the aquatic plants requires a bit more tidying, and the background plants would look even better as they grow.

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Ismael Aguilar (Spain)
I like the planting, only with it does it get more than with the hard, which would have been good for areas clean of mosses. And another type of definition of the eleocharis zone, but perhaps it is a matter of taste. Congratulations.

Jaesun Cho (Korea)
This artwork stands out with its unique composition. If the front-left elements were slightly oriented more to the right, it would create a better sense of flow. Thank you for showing us this impressive artwork.

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Ismael Aguilar (Spain)
A hardscape with little meaning, which in order to understand it must be analyzed by area, but which say little when added together. I have the first right third and the vanishing point left over, I don't know where to place it. Congratulations.

Fabian Kussakawa (Brazil)
Due to the size of the display, it could be further explored to generate greater depth and impact. The rock on the right does not match the proposed style. I liked the work of the logs. It lacked a vanishing point with a larger aperture at the focal point. Congrats on the job.

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Jaesun Cho (Korea)
Though it has a simple design, the use of aquatic plants to add detail is excellent. If the shadow proportion on the left side were widened a bit more, it would become a more powerful layout. Thank you for showing us this wonderful artwork.

Ismael Aguilar (Spain)
Good work, very natural and well executed despite the reduced space. I love the work of the path and its end. With such small urns it is necessary to use the lateral reflections to deceive the viewer and gain amplitude, in this work it has not been done and it remains quite a bit. Congratulations.

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Ismael Aguilar (Spain)
Simple hardscape, with terraced stones looking for the effect of cascading Monte Carlo, but which look not very mature like the rest of the planting. Lots of fish scattered throughout the photo, too distracting. Congratulations.

Jaesun Cho (Korea)
A layout that secures ample swimming space for the fish and is easy to maintain. Though simple, it presents an impressive composition. If the focal point in the main area were further enhanced, it would become a more powerful artwork. Thank you for showing us this wonderful piece.

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Ismael Aguilar (Spain)
Another work that is harmed by the photo, with low resolution. It is difficult to judge works like this and even more so if you have to compare them with others. The tree is beautiful but seeing how its thick tips end abruptly detracts from its credibility and naturalness. Congratulations.

Jaesun Cho (Korea)
An exquisite representation of a forest. If there were variations in the thickness of the branches on the right focal area, it would create a more impactful artwork. The density of the aquatic plants should also increase a bit more. Thank you for showing us this wonderful artwork.

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Ismael Aguilar (Spain)
The hardscape lacked meaning, I've lost myself. The plants are fine, I recommend that you work better first thing next time. Fish are scarce for this aquarium. Congratulations.

Jaesun Cho (Korea)
An abstract and unique style artwork. Personally, it's a style I adore, and I believe it's a style that will become a trend in the future. It would be better if the arrangement of the aquatic plants formed more clusters, and brighter photography would be appreciated. Thank you for showing us this wonderful artwork.

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Ismael Aguilar (Spain)
Simple aquarium and a healthy plant, it needs pruning and a more worked hardscape. Congratulations.

Jaesun Cho (Korea)
The arrangement and growth of the aquatic plants in this artwork are excellent. It's a shame that the hardscape details are somewhat lacking. If more details using tree branches were added to the right focal area, it would become a more impressive artwork. Thank you for showing us this wonderful piece.

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Ismael Aguilar (Spain)
A good forest with a good planting but it lacks a good atmosphere to transmit something more than being a good aquarium. You have to take care of all the details and that includes the sand edge of the front glass, otherwise the photo above will be cut off. Congratulations.

Jaesun Cho (Korea)
A splendid artwork representing a forest. The aquatic plants are neatly and healthily arranged, but cyanobacteria seems to be visible on the sand substrate. If the aesthetics in the lower section are secured, it would become a much healthier piece. Thank you for showing us this wonderful artwork.

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Ismael Aguilar (Spain)
A hardscape already seen on other occasions with dragon stone, in this case it has been left low and it would have been advisable to lower the water level to gain impact. Lack of pruning. Congratulations.

Jaesun Cho (Korea)
The placement of the stones, conveying strength, and the arrangement of the aquatic plants, considering colors, create an impressive artwork. Overall, it appears well maintained, but if the proportion of the background aquatic plants is increased, and more details are added to the foreground, it would become an even more striking artwork. Thank you for showing us this wonderful piece.

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