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The Art of Aquascaping

Being something of a collector and all round enthusiast myself, I’ve always been intrigued by what fascinates other people. Even if this involves things that wouldn’t normally hold your attention, there’s usually one aspect that catches your imagination…

For me, a grown up who has always struggled with the idea (and indeed the reality) of live fish (horrible slimy things, never to be trusted), aquariums, fishing and other related activities have always seemed an odd thing to spend time on. Recently however, my eyes have been opened up to unthought of possibilities…

It all began when one of the guys at work had a delivery through the post. Inside an unassuming cardboard box was a 15cm polystyrene cube. Inside of that was a bag made of semi permeable membrane and inside that were 12 tiny red shrimps swimming in water with some pond weed… This slightly bizarre revelation led on to a conversation in which I was introduced to the world of underwater landscaping or aquascaping, and as you can see from some of the images accompanying this post, the results can be truly impressive…

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Although my colleague doesn’t consider his own efforts to be in the same league as these amazing creations, he’s obviously fired up by the whole fish/ crustacean/ aquarium thing , although his suggestions as to the commitment in both time and money that creating these perfect environments involves would put most sensible thinking people off. Special water that must be over oxygenated, special glass, special tools and equipment, special and specific plants, fish and animals to create the most perfectly clean environment possible… It’s almost a science, and not unsurprisingly comes complete with whole catalogs of kit and tech available to help you…

Unusually for me (although bearing in mind my problem with live fish, maybe not so strange), after having looked up aquascaping a bit online for this post, I have to admit that other than now knowing it’s the Japanese style of Takashi Amano that appeals most to my sense of aesthetics, I’m not that motivated to find out much more than I’ve written here. I’m content to take it at face value and leave all the hard work to others…

So there it is, underwater bonsai. A unique and I would imagine totally absorbing way to spend hour after hour after hour, willing plants to grow then minutely arranging and trimming them, constantly trying to keep the glass and water clean and finally waiting for the fish to arrange themselves for that perfect photo opportunity…

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  1. June 25, 2013 at 08:57

    Really great post! You can create some amazing scenes with aquascaping, it’s been something I have wanted to do for a long time.

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