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Aquascaping: the Art of Underwater Gardening

I’ve been feeling the itch to develop a new hobby and I think I’m going to try my hand at freshwater aquascaping. Aquascaping is the art of arranging plants, rocks, and driftwood into beautiful underwater landscapes. It’s one of those rare art forms that blends science, nature, and design all in one. Some of the professional aquascapes are simply breathtaking. Check it out:

This piece is called “Shade of Grove” by Zhensong Su, which was one of the contest winners in the 2009 AGA Aquascaping contest:

Zhenzong Su's Shade of Grove
This next piece is called “Green Recess” by Martin Peczek. It was featured in the December 2010 issue of Aquascaping World Magazine:

Martin Peczek's "Green Recess"

And this last piece is called “The Gorge,” also a 2009 winner by Zhensong Su:

The Gorge Aquascape

And this only scratching the surface of some of the beautiful aquascapes that are out there. Just do a Google image search for “aquascapes” and you’ll see what I mean. You can also check out this gallery of the breathtaking winners of the 2010 ADA and AGA Aquascape contests. If you want to get a sense of how much work is involved with freshwater aquascaping, you can read Filipe Oliveira’s description of how he created his piece Pinheiro Manso.

My husband and I have just started out a small tank of our own. We’re going to start with a few beginner plants and see how we do. Hopefully we’ll start to get the hang of it and move on to some more ambitious aquascape projects. If anyone is interested, I can do more blogs about how to create freshwater aquascapes in the future.


  • Sprout says:

    By the way, I’m currently working on getting permission to display these photos. I’ve contacted Zhenzong Su and I’m working on finding Martin Peczek’s contact information. However, if I’m not mistaken, copyright law allows you to display an image without permission as long as you are commenting on the picture itself.