Remember when you had that goldfish bowl as a kid? It wasn’t exactly a work of art was it? Well take a look at these! Welcome to the incredible craft of aquascaping. In fact, aquascaping is so popular that there’s one very competitive International Aquatic Plants Layout Contest (IAPLC) that host entries from around the world to crown the best underwater artist. Crafting the perfect habitat for fish is a skill in itself, but rarely do we focus on anything beyond practical fishkeeping, let alone turning them into works of art. After all, the fish don’t care!
Even if you’re a seasoned aquarium enthusiast, I doubt you’ve ever created anything like this, these are going to blow your mind. The level of detail is incredible making these tanks look better than a snippet of the finest reefs in the ocean.
If you want to find aquascaping ideas, then take a look at these for inspiration.
Asian and Eastern European countries generally dominate the top positions. Here are some other incredible entries from around the world too. Check out: IAPLC Grand Prize Works, IAPLC 2011 Top 27, IAPLC 2013 Top 6, IAPLC 2012 Top 200, and the first Eastern European Planted Aquarium Design Contest.
- 1 1. This silent underwater forest.
- 2 2. This magical rainforest
- 3 3. A stunning underwater pineforest
- 4 4. This vibrant display in the art of aquascaping
- 5 5. This minimalist aquascaping example is amazing
- 6 6. This Tetra Desert
- 7 7. A royal garden
- 8 8. These Giant underwater trees
- 9 9. Aquascaping meets design:
- 10 10. This underwater valley