Iwagumi Aquascaping: Simple Rocks, Stunning Tanks

Introduction To Iwagumi Style Aquascaping

Ever heard of Iwagumi in aquascaping? It's a cool, simple style from Japan. Iwagumi means "rock formation," and it's all about using rocks to make stunning, minimalist designs in aquariums. It's not just about how it looks; there's a deep philosophy behind it. This style is about finding beauty in simplicity and balance. Interested? Let’s dig deeper into the serene world of Iwagumi aquascaping!


The Art Of Simplicity: Understanding Iwagumi

Iwagumi is all about keeping things simple and balanced. It's like a Zen garden, but underwater. In this style, less is more. You focus on a few elements and make them perfect. The main idea is to create a peaceful, harmonious space. It's about making a tranquil scene that soothes the mind. If you love the idea of a clean, uncluttered look, Iwagumi is for you.


Iwagumi aquascaping featuring rocks, stones, plants, and live fish

 Image credit: Aqua Design Amano


Key Components Of Iwagumi Aquascapes

In Iwagumi, rocks are the stars. They set the scene for your aquascape. It’s important to pick the right rocks and place them thoughtfully. Usually, there's one main rock, the biggest, called the "Oyaishi." It’s surrounded by smaller rocks, each adding to the scene. The way these rocks are arranged can tell a story or create a natural-looking landscape.

At Nano Tanks Australia, we’ve got a great range of affordable rocks to get you started with your Iwagumi aquascape. Here are our favourites:


Seiryu Stones
Black Lava Rock


Plant Life In Iwagumi Aquascapes

Even though rocks are key in Iwagumi, plants play a big part too. They add colour and life. The trick is choosing plants that complement the rocks, usually low-growing ones that don't hide the rockwork. These plants should be easy to care for and help keep the minimalist vibe. They create a backdrop, letting the rocks shine. Check out our great range of aquatic plants now:


Small Anubias
Marimo Moss
Anubias On Driftwood



Creating Balance And Flow In Iwagumi

Balance and flow are super important in Iwagumi. The rocks should look like they naturally belong there. It’s about placing them in a way that looks balanced and flows nicely. Think about how rocks sit in a river or on a mountain. That’s the kind of natural, easy look you’re aiming for. It should feel calm and right.


Rock style aquascaping in fish tank with feature rocks and plants

Image credit: Aqua Design Amano


Setting Up Your Iwagumi Aquarium

Starting your Iwagumi tank is fun! First, choose a tank and lay down your substrate. Then, place your main rock, the Oyaishi, followed by the smaller rocks. After that, plant your chosen plants around the rocks. Fill up the tank with water and set up your filter. Remember, Iwagumi takes a bit of patience and tweaking to get just right, but it’s worth it.

To help you get started, check out our Shrimp Set packages. Available in 10L, 20L, and 30L, these sets come with a tank, a light for your plants, a heater, a filter, and a lid to keep everything secure. Shop the sets now!

Shrimp Set Package

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Shop the Shrimp Set 30L


Embracing The Zen Of Iwagumi

And there you have it — the peaceful world of Iwagumi aquascaping! It’s all about simplicity, harmony, and finding beauty in minimalism. Why not give it a go? Creating your own Iwagumi aquascape can be a calming, rewarding hobby. It brings a bit of Zen right into your home.

Need help aquascaping your tank? Our expert team is here to guide you every step of the way. From design ideas to setup, we’ll help make your dream a reality. Get in touch with us via Facebook Messenger or use the chat in the bottom right corner of our website.

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