Among the rapids, where plant life flourishes, a marooned set of wrecked ships can be seen lying at their final resting place. The ships are worn and covered in moss through the passage of time. The land remains barren surrounding the ships as if this is the border to death’s door but behind and on the boats lays plants that struggle against death for life.
This month’s theme features a blend of aquascapes that come together to portray the fine line between life and death. The shipwreck showcases death but like a phoenix, life prevails. The primary techniques used in developing this aquascape are the 'Rule of Thirds' as well as the 'Golden Triangle'. The background, which features a flowing river and riverbank with plants, adds depth to the aquarium which is only twelve inches deep from front to back. The river in the background is quite prominent in this theme, essentially serving as the primary focal point for the entire tank. A taller, 'pointier' plant is incorporated to match the background and greenery, and pieces of natural-looking wood are added to complete the triangle and add some contrast against all the greenery. Sand is used in this aquascape to help mimic a deserted area that is synonymous with the theme of 'death' i.e. a place where most life cannot exist.