Create your own underwater world


Amazing aquascapes in your home. Aquariums for advanced hobbyists.

The Iwagumi aquascaping style is quite distinct in that it is based on the use of rocks and stones to create extraordinary underwater rock gardens. Unlike regular fish tanks, here stones are not mere decorations. Carefully selected, arranged and displayed, surrounded by discrete greenery, they constitute the centre of attention in the tank. The art of Iwagumi derives from the medieval Japanese tradition of arranging rock gardens. A properly designed Iwagumi-style aquarium should contain stones of one kind. The choice of plants should be such that they emphasise the stern beauty of the rocks rather than overshadow them with their colours and shapes. Low-growing plants that form dense 'lawns' are the best for this purpose. That is why designers usually choose Glossostigma, Hemianthus, Eleocharis, Riccia, Cladophora, and the like. Higher plants are generally avoided, except for creating a dense green background along the back wall of the tank. The stark beauty of rocks becomes even more appealing against the juicy green of plants.


Aquariums in Japanese style: the enrapturing world of aquascaping.

In the Ryuboku style of aquascaping, the main decorative elements of an aquarium are pieces of woods and tree roots. Their arrangement, however, cannot be haphazard. The intertwined roots hovering near the water surface should resemble tree branches in a venerable primeval forest. Ideally, pieces of wood used for a Ryuboku aquascape must originate from the same tree species. In addition, all the pieces should be similar in shape and colour. When arranging pieces of wood and roots, one must ensure that none of them protrudes above the water surface. The plant life in a Ryuboku tank is usually limited to mosses, liverworts, and other epiphytes that remind tree lichens. The bottom of the tank is left unplanted; alternatively, one can plant small 'lawn-forming' plants, e.g. Glossostigma, Hemianthus, Eleocharis, Riccia, or Cladophora. A properly designed Ryuboku aquarium should imitate a fragment of the natural environment, e.g. of the rainforest or wild forest.

Nano shrimp tanks

Your own shrimp tank: an original idea for interior decoration.

Tanks used for the keeping of shrimp are usually cube-like in shape, with a capacity of up to 50 litres. The tank must be tightly covered, because shrimp, especially just after they have been put into the tank, may try to escape. Water in the tank must be properly filtrated and, if necessary heated; the tank should also have adequate lighting. For setting up shrimp tanks, AQUAEL recommends the specialised AQUAEL SHRIMPSET SMART 2 or SHRIMP SET DUO sets. These stylish sets are fully equipped, user-friendly and easy to maintain. In a shrimp tank, the plant life is usually limited to mosses (greatly favoured by shrimp) and a variety of dwarf plants and other plants that tolerate shaping (pruning) well.

Moss tank

A striking effect guaranteed. Create an inimitable aquarium design.

In pet shops, several dozens of moss species are available that can be used to create a fantastic aquascape. Mosses are not planted in the ground since they have no roots. Instead, they are attached to pieces of wood, roots or rocks placed in the tank. For this purpose, one can use a dark thread, a thin fishing line, a special mesh or a soluble thread for binding moss (available in specialist shops for aquascaping enthusiasts). Different species of moss can be combined in one tank to create a gentle contrast between differently looking twigs.

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