he beauty of an aquascape depends largely on the colors of its aquatic
plants. The impression of an aquascape changes greatly with the choice of
colors and plant combinations, and some plants can develop a different color
depending on the growing conditions, such as lighting and nutrients.
The underwater world where aquatic plants flourish is full of hues that are
different from those of the world above water that we are accustomed to seeing.
These distinctive colors are a large part of the appeal of aquatic plants.
Takashi Amano tried to express through his Nature Aquarium layout
method the underwater scenery he saw in nature: aquatic plants in a variety of
colors among which many fish swim happily. Amano created a huge number
of Nature Aquariums, ranging from a tiny tank that could fit in your hand up
to an enormous, 40-meter (130-foot) gallery aquarium. While he developed
his creative process, he established a method in which to grow aquatic plants
more colorfully, as well as a planting method through which he could design
and create a more attractive aquascape by taking the coloration of aquatic
plants into consideration.
Creating a Colorful
with Aquatic Plants
Article by Masatoshi Abe & Tsuyoshi Oiwa | Layout and Photographs by ADA Editorial Dept.