In the planted aquarium hobby, there are quite a few approaches people can take when keeping planted aquariums. Commonly, there are collectors and farmers, which are enthusiasts who are into growing many species of plants, and then there are aquascapers, those who strive to create a piece of living art within an aquarium.
As a planted aquarium enthusiast myself, my early years in the hobby were dedicated mostly to growing and farming a variety of aquarium plants, which still continues today. However, throughout the years of being in the hobby, there was a couple times where I have attempted to do an aquascape, but due to not being satisfied with the outcome, these aquascapes were never really made an online presence.
It has been quite a few months since I’ve last attempted to do an aquascape, and the question comes back to my head, how great of an aquascape does it need to be?
Looking back, I realized that a lot of successful aquascapers today start somewhere and work their way up to become great at doing what they do. So it was time to tell myself that, no matter what, my next aquascape will be completed and shown regardless if I liked it or not. But before stepping back into the aquascaping scene, I need to prepare myself and enliven my creativity with a source of inspiration. And in doing so, I went online and purchased the book, Takashi Amano Nature Aquarium Complete Works 1985-2009.
Looking through this book of all the completed aquascapes by Takashi Amano from 1985 to 2009, I noticed that too, Takashi Amano’s aquascaping creativity has evolved over the years. Each year, the aquascapes looked more and more beautiful. With over 250 pages of beautiful artwork created by Takashi Amano, my creative aquascaping juices have returned once again. While carefully analyzing the types of plants that are used and how they are used in conjunction with other plants in the same aquarium, I have a better idea of what to use and how to use them.
Nevertheless, this book is one of my resources to go to when I need to find inspiration for aquascaping. Other resources that I go to find inspiration are nature and the completed works created by great aquarists in the planted aquarium hobby. With the combination of inspiration from others and a little creativity in your aquascape, you may find that, maybe your work might be the source of inspiration for someone else.