I'm amazed how helpful those articles were. It's hard to explain but I understand things now that were mysterious to me before. This seems to be a case where understanding the underlying philosophy helps in implementing and appreciating the practical.
But the article and link to the mag is also excellent, such very similar inspiration is perhaps directly where ADA/Amano came from, it's not that impossible to see and figure out now is it?
Amano suggest this and shows such examples.
The same types of layouts just done in a tank.
"Nature aquarium" might not be the best descriptor, although such gardens and methods are all ultimately derived from nature, the idea and layouts are pretty well established long before "aquascaping" evolved. We have just taken that and worked it into the hobby.
Now, the same can be said about Dutch scaping as well.
They are not designed for the advanced purist who is already well ahead of the basics, that is not the intent.
The inent is to familarize the hobbyists who is interested in the next step in design and concepts. Most folks have gotten a decent grip on growing plants, now they are faced with scaping.
I think most folks see this steop and really freak out. They have no idea what to do and feel woefully "artless".
But it's not that bad.
A little reading and educating one's self is not going to be nearly as painful or costly as learning the science.
Copying ADA tanks is one thing, but moving beyond that means you may want to consider the origins and move beyond what Amano says and try your own sense of art and aquascaping from a basic understanding.
I have 1000 pounds of the chinese basalt wall rock ADA uses.
I've been playing around with that and the okho rock as well.
I am going to get a nice set for the 100 gal tank I have planned as well as the 180's.
The 40 gal cubes still need built and the 100/170's need made by a local glazier.
I was going to get the ADA tanks, but I found a local person that will make them much cheaper and ADA does not make a 120 cm with 60cm depth and 50 H.
I want two of these and the 40 cubes and then some smaller tanks.
I like my nano's(2,3,6) and the 20 H but I think I want to change the 20 to a 27 gal and have them custom made for added depth as well(24LX16x16).
These dimensions lend themselves better to the designs and rocks/wood etc I have in mind.
2 x 180 open top rimless
2 x 100 as above
2 x 40 gal as above
2 x 27 gal as above
2 x 6 gal as above
2 x 3 gal as above
2 x 2 gal as above
Those are for clients.
I do not want to work on tanks larger than that for myself.
At least 2 will be marine(40 cube/180).
The rest planted and one will be Rift cichlids(100)
Humm........maybe I need a different set of tanks for the Rift fish
Maybe a couple of hoods for jumpers and a pair of 120's.