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The world ranking 7th went to Mr. Yong Liu from China for his work, "Mysterious World". This year, the four layouts in the top seven were from China, resulting in showing us breakthrough improvements of Chinese applicants. It was comparatively acclaimed by judges: Mr. Friedrich Bitter from Germany and Mr. Philippe Chevoleau from France. The signature driftwood that grows winding thin branches suits the representation of wide aquascape, and the layout is taking advantage of its tank size, W180xD60xH60 (cm). This style of layout is very popular among entries from China probably because of the locally available layout materials. It is one of the interesting tendency we can see in the world scale contest how the methods and materials used reflect national characteristics. Each area around the world has some signature layout materials, and we are very much looking forward to seeing more of the latest and diverse styles and interpretations to be produced with them in the future.

IAPLC 2015 Gallery - Look back history - World Ranking 0007 - Bronze Prize

A Hunting Ground

Author: Yong Liu / China

Aquarium Size/W180×D60×H60 (cm)

Aquatic Plants

Anubias barteri var. nana "Mini"

Bucephalandra sp.

Vesicularia filicinum

Riccardia chamedryfolia

Phoenix Moss

Riccia sp. "Dwarf"

Aegagropila linnaei

Fish & Invertebrates

Paracheirodon simulans

Nannostomus mortenthaleri

Neocaridina denticulate

Carinotetraodon travancoricus

AWARDS

World Ranking 0006 Bronze Prize IAPLC 2015

3rd Place AGA 2015 - Aquatic Garden > 320L 

Comments

Since I submitted my layout to IAPLC, I waited for the result announcement every day with anxiety. I got very worried as I heard that my friends had received good results. However, honestly speaking, I was more confident in my layout created for this year's contest compared to the one for last year. I put all my energy and efforts into creating this layout, so I believed that I would have a better result. On the other hand, I felt very insecure because it took long time for the mail to reach me. Finally I received the mail informing the result and found myself to be the seventh in the world ranking. It is still far apart from my ideal result, but I am very happy as I could break my best record and won the Bronze Prize. I will do my best and try again next year.

Creative and impactant layout!
The deep sense is very strong and overall impression is panoramic view!
The negative point is the long term maintenance.
Congratulations in my TOP5!
— Luca Galarraga

This is an amazing layout with a special rock-driftwood arrangement. It can impress any viewers for many times.
— Long Tran Hoang

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