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what is
Aquascaping?

A comprehensive definition of the term describes aquascaping as underwater gardening, involving techniques of setting up, decorating and arranging a set of natural elements: aquatic plants, substrates, rocks & driftwood, in such a way that it becomes aesthetically pleasing to human perception. An aquascape aquarium usually displays a replica of a landscape found in nature.

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Aquarium driftwood

Driftwood plays an important role in aquascaping. A versatile element, it can be used to create various themes inside your tank, from tropical rainforests to hillsides, islands and even mountain ranges. There are many types of wood you can use in your aquascape, with some exceptions.

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Substrates

Substrate refers to the material you choose to use on the bottom of your planted tank. You choose it not only for its aesthetic features but also for its rich nutrients which help plants grow healthy & stronger roots.

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Aquatic Plants

Aquatic plants have the most important role in Aquascaping. They help sustain life in your planted tank as well as create a captivating display of lush greens, reds and violets.

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Aquascaping Rocks

After driftwood, rocks are the 2nd most important hardscape element found in planted tanks. They help in building the foundation of an Aquascape and they’re the perfect items for creating mountain range themes in your Nature Aquarium.

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Tropical Fish

Fish bring a wide range of beautiful colors in your planted tank. Whichever type of Aquascaping style you’ll choose, it doesn’t hurt to have a minimal knowledge of anatomy and biology of the species of fish you’ll use in your aquascape.

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Glass aquarium

The glass aquarium

The glass aquarium has evolved massively in the past decades. Nowadays, most of the tanks used in Aquascaping are made of crystal clear glass (OptiWhite) and just a bit of silicone to keep it in place.

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Aquascaping substrate and aquasoil

Substrates

Substrate refers to the material you choose to use on the bottom of your planted tank. You choose it not only for its aesthetic features but also for its rich nutrients which help plants grow healthy & stronger roots.

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Aquarium driftwood used in aquascaping

Aquarium Driftwood

Driftwood plays an important role in aquascaping. A versatile element, it can be used to create various themes inside your tank, from tropical rainforests to hillsides, islands and even mountain ranges. There are many types of wood you can use in your aquascape, with some exceptions

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Aquascaping rocks

Aquascaping Rocks

After driftwood, rocks are the 2nd most important hardscape element found in planted tanks. They help in building the foundation of an Aquascape and they’re the perfect items for creating mountain range themes in your Nature Aquarium.

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Aquatic plants

Aquatic Plants

Aquatic plants have the most important role in Aquascaping. They help sustain life in your planted tank as well as create a captivating display of lush greens, reds and violets.

Find out more
Tropical fish

Tropical Fish

Fish bring a wide range of beautiful colors in your planted tank. Whichever type of Aquascaping style you’ll choose, it doesn’t hurt to have a minimal knowledge of anatomy and biology of the species of fish you’ll use in your aquascape.

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Aquatic Plants

There are almost 200 known species of freshwater aquatic plants suitable for the planted tank and some are yet to be discovered. Around 50 are being used in aquascaping today. Colors vary from light green to intense reds and violet. Get to know them all!

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Tropical Fish

Not all species of freshwater tropical fish fit well in your planted tank. Aim for small to medium types, like Tetras, Barbs, Rasboras and some small cichlids like the Blue Ram. Some aquascapers even use Discus in their planted tanks but... schooling fish work the best!

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Aquarium Inverts

The slow crawlers and quirky critters of the aquascaping world. Freshwater aquarium snails and shrimp, aka inverts (short for invertebrates), have various roles in your planted tank. Some just look pretty, while others have more important tasks, such as keeping your aquascape algae-FREE!

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Aquarium Algae

Regarded as the biggest enemy in aquascaping, a bit of aquarium algae growth is actually not bad for your planted tank, and is considered normal and healthy. Once you master aquarium algae though, you can consider yourself a Jedi Aquascaper!

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Getting started with aquascaping

Getting Started with Aquascaping

Getting started with aquascaping is not difficult. Like any other passion, it takes time, dedication and extensive research. You will learn how to establish the simple principles and rules of visual construction and setup of an aquascape.

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How to win an aquascaping contest

How To Win an Aquascaping Contest

It’s one thing to be good at something, and another thing to be the best. Aquascaping has gone past the limit of being just a hobby, it has become a valued art. This post is trying to help you find out how to win an aquascaping contest.

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The Nature Aquarium - Aquascaping Styles

The Nature Aquarium Style

The Nature Aquarium is one of the two major styles dominating the world of aquascaping. The basic Nature style aesthetic concepts have been introduced by Japanese aquarist Takashi Amano back in the 1990’s and have become widely popular over the years, influencing the entire future of aquascape design. The style itself has at its origins […]

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