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Individual comment

Alberto Farinello (Italy)
Fish in perfect formation, strong hardscape, many plants all in perfect health. In my opinion this tank could have taken more points if there had been more detail and depth in the hardscape, escape routes, gravel, sand in order to break the continuity. The shaded areas are instead excellent and balanced. However, it remains a good job with a strong sense of naturalness and calm.

Ismael Aguilar (Spain)
The foreground needs more open space for plants to breathe. In particular, fewer plants would have been better if they knew that the remaining space was not fully utilized. As for plants, it seems that plants have grown too much. 

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Ismael Aguilar (Spain)
The placement of the rocks in the foreground in a linear way, as well as the path and the excessive height of the rotalas massifs are the most negative points of this montage. The author still has room for improvement and I am sure that in future productions he will demonstrate it.

Jaesun Cho (Korea)
It's a powerful and wonderful work. However, it is regrettable that the turbidity of the water excessively obscures the back and separates it from the driftwood. Maybe it's meant to be perspective, but I think it's better to be clear overall.

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Ismael Aguilar (Spain)
I love these rocks, but they may not be the best for this setup. Large elements are better in the foreground if what we want is to gain impact. The plantation looks healthy, but the choice of the Vallisnerias behind for a forest is not the most appropriate.

Jaesun Cho (Korea)
It's a work that shows the artist's personality well. I think I can see your concern about the details and atmosphere of the lower part about the naturalness. The excessive use of driftwood is somewhat regrettable.

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Ismael Aguilar (Spain)
The feeling of being submerged in a river is very great, but the intense and saturated colors unnerve me. Where do those reds and blues come from? The plants are not well appreciated... the set is striking but it is difficult to judge based on the parameters of the contest.

Jaesun Cho (Korea)
Excessive color correction may be a disadvantage, but I want to give a high score for showing newness as an art. It's fantastic, it's wonderful.

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Ismael Aguilar (Spain)
Simple hardscape, with flow... but horizontal. The planted looks healthy. The but is that the assembly is flat and lacks depth.

Jaesun Cho (Korea)
The central driftwood is so intense that it looks a little bit rigid, but it's a complete work overall. Thank you for your wonderful work.

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Takayuki Fukada (Japan)
The powerful landscape of three-dimensionally stacked rocks is amazing and has a strong impact. The arrangement of the driftwood in the image of a forest landscape is skillful and harmonious, further enhancing the natural atmosphere of this work. It's a pity that the plants haven't grown enough yet and most of the driftwood is exposed, probably because it hasn't been long enough since the tank was filled with water.

Ismael Aguilar (Spain)
One of the best technical works of the contest, but with an immature and scarce planting. Perhaps in a few months it could be better valued.

Agussalim jamaluddin(Indonesia) 
Cool hardscape, the hardscape character is very strong. The layers and depth seem far away even at a 50cm tank size, but I see it like using a large tank. In the future, the white color should describe the flow of the river which seems natural rather than floating which seems fantasy.

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Ismael Aguilar (Spain)
Healthy planted aquarium on planted, but that lacks the rest of judging elements in an aquascaping contest.

Jaesun Cho (Korea)
It's a work that shows how much the artist loves plants. And that part seems to make the viewer feel happy. It's not an optimal work for the contest, but thank you for showing a great work.

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Ismael Aguilar (Spain)
The plantation got out of hand and ate the work. In addition, the different planes must be worked on so that they are well differentiated and we have the sensation of a continuous and flat surface. The planted is not as good as it should be.

Jaesun Cho (Korea)
It's a wonderful work that the artist put a lot of effort into. However, the artist's intention to make everything look clear seems to have worked as a drawback.

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Ismael Aguilar (Spain)
Better fish for this type of impossible mounting, they strengthen the general impression and more under the umbrella of the lotus. But the plantation is scarce and is not well managed. A vallisneria cut to surface level...I can't see that.

Hyoungjoo Jeon (Korea)
This work has a natural composition and gives a refreshing feeling. The choice of fish also adds to the freshness. But I think it would have been more natural if the lotus had taken up more of the surface and the overall conditions of the aquatic plants were not well managed.

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Ismael Aguilar (Spain)
As long as planting is handled better, this set-up could be greatly improved. The road also needs to be detailed, cleaned of substrate and winding.

Jaesun Cho (Korea)
It's a wonderful work with excellent naturalness and detail. It's perfect, but I think that perfection can feel normal. Thank you for your wonderful work.

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Ismael Aguilar (Spain)
A clear example that only good hands are needed to take advantage of a bad material and in just 40 cm. Only the vines are forced and the plantation is not at its best, but the work is very worthy.

Hugo Liao (Taipei)
The arrangement of broken wood enhances the depth of field. The combination of aquatic plants will not be monotonous, and the work will make people feel comfortable and not messy.

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Ismael Aguilar (Spain)
The planting is magnificent, even the hardscape is worked with a sense, nothing wrong....but the sand as white as the fish and placed the same day of the photo is so distracting that it is difficult to focus on anything else.

Jaesun Cho (Korea)
It looks a bit rigid, but it's a work that I've been watching for a long time. Neat colors and neat care make me feel good. Thank you for your wonderful work.

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Ismael Aguilar (Spain)
A curious hardscape, with a good planting, but nothing more....there is a lot of space in that urn, and yet I have the feeling that everything is tight despite being just a tree, with a lot of flow yes...but excessive.

Jaesun Cho (Korea)
It's a perfect and unique work, but it feels a little stuffy when it's tilted to the left. Other than that, it's so perfect that I can't find any other disadvantages. It's a wonderful piece of work.

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Ismael Aguilar (Spain)
The plantation looks healthy. You have to be careful with the fissidens that when it forms balls when growing, it does not look natural on tree trunks. For the next time, raise the horizon and gain perspective. I encourage you to continue working like this, in a short time you will improve your skills.

Jaesun Cho (Korea)
It's a common style, but the more I look at it, the more I feel superior. I want to give a high score because the health of the plants is excellent and the strength control of the Raeout is excellent.

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Ismael Aguilar (Spain)
The planted is the best thing about this aquarium, and that is as positive as negative for me. A good hardscape as a base to start from would have been good.

Jaesun Cho (Korea) 
It's one of my favorite works at KIAC this year. The monotonous arrangement of thin driftwood may be a disadvantage, but I think that's the part that highlights the plant. Thank you for your wonderful work.

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Ismael Aguilar (Spain)
The foreground must be worked with great care and sense, we must think that it is where the viewer is going to appear the most, so it is the right place to work on the best details. But it must be an area that invites you to stop, if we place large and messy plants, the rest of the plans will quickly be analyzed and we will have lost options. The tenellus left over, has been left free and uncontrolled. The element transition should be sought through the hardscape primarily, not so much the planted one.

Jaesun Cho (Korea)
The separate arrangement of woods and stones is somewhat regrettable. However, the bold use of woods and plants is a wonderful work that relieves that regret. I think it would be nice to have a little more space in the foreground.

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Ismael Aguilar (Spain)
The best thing is the rock work in the central area, it should have been enhanced with more light. I miss its continuity until the foreground to be consistent with the material used. The plantation needs pruning, more trimming. 

Jaesun Cho (Korea)
It's not dynamic, but I think it's a great work with the artist's unique calmness. It's a work that I want to see repeatedly and it's hard to find a disadvantage.

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Ismael Aguilar (Spain)
There is a lot of green and not everything is plants...they can be pretty, but seeing algae in a planted aquarium contest is always something negative for me. I encourage you to study different works of other aquascapers and see how they make the "path or river" in the most natural way possible, only with observation and practice can we move away from any artificial creation with architectural overtones.

Jaesun Cho (Korea)
Perfect work except for the rigid path in the center. The arrangement of wood and the use of plants are perfect, and fish selection is also excellent. Thank you for your wonderful work.

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Ismael Aguilar (Spain)
Sometimes less is more, you have to clean up the plantation, cut, thin and let the whole breathe.

Jaesun Cho (Korea)
It makes me feel good to see healthy plants. However, if you reduce the amount and show the appearance of the wood a little more, it will be a cooler layout.

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Ismael Aguilar (Spain)
Nice montage, with a simple hardscape but taking advantage of every inch of the urn but it lacks an element of impact in close-ups and there are no shadows to give it contrast. This generally makes the mount somewhat flat. The plantation looks healthy and the pruning work is good, but perhaps it would have been good to separate the rotalas beds.

Jaesun Cho (Korea)
This is also one of my favorite works in KIAC this year. I feel joy regardless of ranking. It's a wonderful work that shows high details even though it's not a big tank. Thank you for your wonderful work.

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