Live Planted

An Aquascape using Hakkai Stones

An Aquascape using Hakkai Stones

It was a great honor to receive a small set of Japanese Hakkai stones from the lengendary Takashi Amano, founder of the Nature Aquarium style of live planted tank and president of Aqua Design Amano in Niigata, Japan. The Hakkai stones were carefully arranged in an Aqua Design Amano (ADA) 120cm aquarium tank with the carpeting foreground plant Glossostigma (Glossostigma elatinoides) and a large school of simulans tetras (Paracheirodon simulans), also sometimes called a Green Neon tetra. This aquascape style speaks to the traditional Japanese iwagumi style, founded and popularized by Takashi Amano. Routine aquarium maintenance on such a layout requires frequent water changes (at least half the aquarium volume once per week) and trimming the Glossostigma to inhibit overgrowth, though eventually a carpeting plant like this must be replaced or replanted.

An Open Top Aquascape View
An Aquascape of Highlight and Shadow 
An Aquascape using Hakkai Stones 
An American-style Iwagumi Planted Aquarium 
A Planted Aquarium for Wild Rams
A Simple Iwagumi Scene
A Planted Aquarium with Featherfins 
An Aqua Design Amano 90cm System 
A Tranquil Aquascape in the ADA 90-P
Live Planted Aquarium and Interior 
An ADA 120-P Complete System 
A Refreshing Feeling from a Green Aquascape 
A Layout with Lush Stemmed Aquatic Plants 
A Planted Aquarium Expressing Fall Colors
An Open Top Aquarium View from Above
Simple Beauty of a Planted Discus Aquarium 
Simple Beauty of a Planted Discus Aquarium
An Angelfish Live Planted Aquarium and Interior
An Angelfish Live Planted Aquarium and Interior
A Green Iwagumi Aquascape 
Live Planted Aquarium in Good Harmony 
A Two-Sided Live Planted Aquarium Layout 
An Aquascape with Tall Aquatic Plants and Moss 
90cm ADA Aquascape