Aquascaping is a learned art form that allows you to create an underwater landscape, inspiration for many works come from both underwater locations but also natural scenes such as mountains, jungles, deserts, waterfalls and many others.


Designing an aquascape can be challenging. Aquascaping involves using basic principles of design and applying them to the aquarium. Browsing other aquascapes can help you decide what style and layout you enjoy the most. To aid in your designing process this page is filled with some stunning examples of aquascaping.

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Before we jump in and explore aquascaping there needs to be a functioning aquarium environment. Aquascaping setups can differ significantly from standard tropical setups. This is because some aquatic plants require higher lighting and nutrient rich substrates to thrive. Each link below walks through an important parameter to consider when setting up your aquascape. Low maintenance aquascapes have since become popular in the hobby. These utilize minimal CO2, less fertilizer supplementation and low wattage lighting. Lower lighting setups can be just as stunning but are limited to a smaller variety of plants. These usually include ferns, moss, crypts and anubias.


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The Process

Assuming you have put your substrate in, connected up your CO2 and turned your lights on you are almost ready to go. So, design. I cannot give you your design but i can give you some pointers that will help the design process. rainbowfish in a natural aquascape

Ok so now it’s time to aquascape. Before we start it’s important to remember that the biggest factor in Aquascaping is imagination. The internet can only tell you so much but with your sense of view and imagination it is not hard to create something truly inspiring. Nothing is concrete, if you design something, create it and dislike it, take it down! Destroy and rebuild it as many times as you want until you are impressed.

Things to Avoid


First of all let’s look at Symmetry

The Next Factor is Shape

Foreground Middleground and Background

Creating a Mountain Styled Scape

Planting the Tank

Plant Colorations and Sizes

Recommended Fish

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