Welcome to our aquascaping room, where we explore aquascaping and provide the material to a make your aquarium Pinterest worthy! At our shop you will find all your rock, wood & substrate material required for a beautiful aquascape. Look below for a brief expert overview of styles and the geometry use in this art.
Takashi Amano Style
Nature style is largely considered to be one of the most popular aquascapes design styles today. Introduced by Takashi Amano, the nature aquarium mimics natural Japanese gardening techniques. The primary aim when crafting a nature style aquascapes is to imitate nature’s beauty and geometry as closely as possible some of these aquariums are art forms to behold, using a great deal of shadow to add mystery to the scene.
Note the mosses used on vine to imitate a real tree.
Images from petsworld.in
Iwagumi Aquascaping Style
The Iwagumi term itself comes from the Japanese ‘rock formation’ and it refers therefore to a layout where stones play the leading role. Iwagumi style also utilises fish and plants, but to a minimum degree as the aquascapes should be striving to balance all aspects of the design to reflect simple tranquility. It forms a stark yet beautiful scene that highlights the fish.
As the oldest aquascaping style, the Dutch style focuses primarily on the growth and arrangement of aquatic plants. This is aquarium plant heavy and your fish tank will need C02 to encourage plant growth.
Utilising numerous aquatic plants, a beautiful Dutch aquascapes implements a rich variety of species of plants. A large colour and texture differences between plants while maintaining a high density of plant life results in a bright and interesting landscape.
In aquariums that mimic nature, your fish tank may have rolling plains, hills, rainforests, or mountains. Generally, the rule of thirds, the golden ratio, and focal points are big talking points on how to make a natural landscape.
Despite a great deal wrote online about what a focal point in the aquarium is and how geometry leads to it, this seems to be a subjective topic that writers do not fully understand themselves. It is no trick of geometry.
Simply put, a focal point is the centre of attention and where the eye is drawn to in this case. There may be more than one and a focal point may be a light spot in the darkness, a lean-to rock formation, the end of a pathway. Geometry may make the focal point look more natural is all.
The Rule of Thirds
Generally speaking having 9 separate segments of ‘pictures’ in your aquarium is seen as desirable. The same concept is helpful when taking a photo. Many aquascaping guides agree this is an impressive rule, so what is it practically speaking?
Practically, this may help us design our layers ie. into a foreground/ middle ground/ background for our aquascapes.
Despite this, many experienced aquascapers enjoy breaking the rule of thirds or paying it no heed. The rule of thirds is just a simple guide and not required for an eye-catching tank.
The Golden Ratio
This is the most compelling tool in the mathematics of aquascaping that has a direct equivalence to architecture.
Quite simply, it is 1.618.
Practically speaking, where as the rule of thirds is very simple, 1.618 is the secret sauce.
When working out how to how to stagger your layers, measure the total height. Divide it by 1.618.
When having two rocks together, have the second rock at
(1st rock height / 1.618 ).
And so on.
It can result in all sorts of gradients, triangles and circles that look natural at this ratio. Using the Golden Ratio throughout the overall design of the underwater landscape, you have the opportunity to implement a wide variety of hardscape and plant life that just seems ‘fit’.
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