This is the first (left side) aquarium in the Triptych trio.
These aquascapes were planted by James Findley for the Aqua 2010 Trade Show. James explains that his inspiration for this piece came from the traditional triptych style commonly used for altars and ecclesiastical stained glass windows in churches: he describes how he wanted to present nature at her best and in all her variety so he used the traditional triptych form of presenting three art works together.
James explains how the three aquascapes each depict a different form of nature: the aquascape on the far left represents the mountain, the middle aquascape represents the shore and the aquascape on the far right represents the forest.
The overall effect is quite hypnotic. The aquascapes are each stunning in their own right but presented together as a triptych they create a sense of deep appreciation, exploration and discovery.
This modern and original twist on the traditional religious triptych symbolises the importance and central role of nature in aquascaping; nature is the inspiration for all aquascapes and to replicate her is the ultimate goal of any true Nature Aquarium. In other words, in the Nature Aquarium, she is God.
James explains that he wanted to ensure that the aquascapes were the main focus of the piece, so to achieve this he used;
James used aquariums with low iron content glass so the glass is clearer and does not dull the colour of the aquascape. They are also rimless, braceless aquariums and have silicone work that is practically invisible
James used ADA Solar Mini S/Ms for the lighting because these lights have a very minimal appearance that does not impact or detract from the strength of the aquascape. They also use an extremely good quality bulb that displays the colours of the aquascape at their best.
ADA Glassware was used to minimise the impact of the CO2 diffusers.
ADA Seiryu Stone was used in the left hand aquascape.
TGM Nature Pebbles were used in the middle scape.
TGM Redmoor Root Wood was used in the right hand aquascape.