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Look closely, these aren’t you’re average landscape photos. These are aquascapes. Did you notice the fish swimming past? Aquascaping is the craft of arranging aquatic plants as well as rocks, stones, driftwood and other hardscape elements in an aquarium. It’s gardening under water, often with fish who reside in the beautiful underwater landscape.

It’s a challenging hobby and, like many other hobbies, for those interested in such things there’s also a competitive element:

“The world of competitive aquarium design, or aquascaping, is just as difficult, expensive, and cutthroat as any other sport but requires expertise in many different fields to guarantee success. Aquarium designers possess large amounts of expertise in biology, design, photography, and excel in the art of patience, as individual aquascapes can take months if not years to fully mature into a completed landscape.”

The aquascapes seen here were part of the International Aquatic Plants Layout Contest (IAPLC), the world’s largest nature aquarium and aquatic plants layout competition.

Head over to Colossal to view more.

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Details of upcomming/unreleased IAPLC Layouts

What you see here is a Sample of an amazing Gallery sampled by Members of `Nordic Scapers`Facebook Group.

You can see more here

Thanx to all my Friends who shared their Pic, you are the best Friends someone could ask for!

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International Aquatic Plants Layout Contest (IAPLC), Aquarium Design 2015.

1. Longing by Takayuki Fukada, Japan.  Grand Prize !

2. Hidden Land by Bowen Fan, China.

3. Follow In by Yufan Yang, China.

4. Deep Nature by Paulo Pacheco, Brazil.

5. Metempsychosis by Yi Ye, China.

6. A Hunting Ground by Josh Sim, Malaysia.

7. Mysterious World by Yong Liu, China.

All photography courtesy of Aqua Design Amano and the International Aquatic Plants Layout Contest.

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Some selections from the 2011 International Aquatic Plants Layout Contest

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Found this in a magazine I read at work. I generally could care less about salt water tanks, but a well-designed planted tank/paludarium/terrarium/riparium is always impressive to me. It’s crazy to see what people can do, recreating amazingly beautiful scenes from nature. I’ll post some awesome paludarium/terrarium/ripariums that I’ve found here soon as well…

IAPLC 2014 top 10

Here are the pics for the top ten Aquascapes from this years IAPLC. Couldn’t get my hands on any hi-res photos just yet but you can still see the beauty and amazing details.

Grand Prize winner is Gregoire Wolinski from FRANCE of his aquascape entitled Passage. This is one my favourite.


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Weekend Diversion: Aquarium Art

“It’s an amazing glimpse into a world most of us don’t stop to consider very often, yet that represents the majority of life on our world. Although here on this blog we spend most of our time looking up and gazing at the heavens above, don’t forget to point your gaze down every now and again. There’s a whole other Universe just beneath the world’s surface!”

Results from the 2015 International Aquatic Plants Layout Contest are now live! What, you didn’t know that was a thing? Don’t miss it now that you know!