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Nature aquarium aquascaping inspiration from The Art of the Planted Tank

By Leonard Ho - Posted Jan 14, 2013 08:00 AM
Hanover, Germany hosts The Art of the Planted Tank event, an annual freshwater aquascaping convention and competition. compiled two videos of 2012's entries that are guaranteed to impress and inspire.


The Art of the Planted Aquarium centers around two aquascaping competitions based on size:

  • XL competition: 150 liter (~40 gallons), 100x50x50 cm (40x20x20")
  • Nano competition: 20 liter (~5 gallons), 25x25x30 cm (10x10x12")

Aquariums are judged on "originality, composition of planting, harmony of planting and decoration, condition of plants, room arrangement, creative effect and long term development the design."

2013's The Art of the Planted Aquarium will be held between January 25 to 27, 2013.  Organizers expect another big turn out (over 55,000 avid nature aquarists attended in 2011!).

Until then, enjoy these two compilation videos of 2012's contestants showcasing all the entries for the XL and Nano competition.  The video is provided by Polish aquascaping website  The designs would make nature aquarium guru Takashi Amano proud.  We know this for sure because Amano was both the judge and guest lecturer for The Art of the Planted Aquarium 2012.

XL Competition:

Nano Competition:

Author: Leonard Ho
Location: Southern California

I'm a passionate aquarist of over 30 years, a coral reef lover, and the blog editor for Advanced Aquarist. While aquarium gadgets interest me, it's really livestock (especially fish), artistry of aquariums, and "method behind the madness" processes that captivate my attention.


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