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Takashi Amano, is the founder of Nature Aquariums. His career encompasses a wide range of activities as an aquascape creator, the CEO of Aqua Design Amano Co., Ltd. and an ecology and landscape photographer, born in Niigata, Japan in 1954. Since 1975, Amano has visited tropical rainforests in Amazon, Borneo and West Africa and pristine forests in Japan, and he worked on a series of photographs focusing on "untouched nature" with his large-format cameras. He captured minute details of nature found at site on extra large size films (up to 8x20 inches). His works have been made famous internationally through several exhibitions and publications.
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Planted aquariums and landscape photographs are, in Amano’s mind, closely linked with each other as a seamless process of creative activity. As suggested by its concept “Learn from Nature”, a Nature Aquarium is an approach for a planted aquarium layout which could not be achieved without the existence of nature.
Amano said he accumulates countless images of nature in his mind by taking numerous number of landscape photographs. These images will be reflected in the creation of Nature Aquarium layouts. This is what Nature Aquarium is crucially different from other planted aquarium layout techniques.
“TO KNOW MOTHER NATURE IS TO LOVE HER SMALLEST CREATIONS”
- TAKASHI AMANO
Nature Aquarium recreates an ecosystem that is found in nature by growing aquatic plants to make a favorable environment within an aquarium tank and keeping animals such as fish and shrimp together with plants. It is a unique world created by the marriage of beauty of nature and a harmonious environment. A beautiful aquascape where healthy grown aquatic plants thrive and colorful tropical fish swim soothes our mind.
The origin of Nature Aquarium creation is nothing else but Nature. Amazonian tropical rainforest with the large river, lush greenery, and rich flora and fauna such as tropical fish are one of the origins of Nature Aquarium. The rainy season in the Amazon and endless tropical rainforest is submerged by swollen rivers. which seamlessly circulates an enormous number of Lives.
Since its inception in 1982, Aqua Design Amano (ADA) has been developing products for achieving beautiful Nature Aquarium layouts under the concept of “Learn from Nature”. With the aim of creating harmony between nature and human life.
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Takashi Amano pioneered the concept of introducing Carbon Di-Oxide (CO2) into aquariums. Injecting CO2 into an aquarium made it possible to grow heliophytic aquatic plants in an aquarium, which was so difficult to do until then.The appearance of some plants adorned with air bubbles formed from healthy photosynthesis captivated many people.
THE ART OF IWAGUMI
The Iwagumi layout is one of the most challenging aquascaping styles out there. Developed around 30 years ago by Takashi Amano, this type of aquascape represents not just a minimalist layout, it also reflects the Japanese culture and spirituality and the love for beauty and simplicity.
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Building Iwagumi layout without any hesitation in a short time can be said to be the essence of giving momentum (= power) to Iwagumi, but in order to do so, a wealth of experience is indispensable. To master the Iwagumi, it seems that you have to observe as many stones as possible in nature and create as many Iwagumi layouts as possible.
still water aquatics
Founded in 2004, is a leading Aquatic Eco-System (Aquarium and Pond) design, consulting and commissioning company based out of Bangalore, India. We are leading experts in Nature Aquariums, luxury aquarium designs, Koi and lily ponds installation and maintenance.
At Still Water Aquatics, one can find abundance of knowledge, expertise, network and quality oriented delivery commitments. We have created and set very high standards in India’s Aquarium industry with their highly successful product and service offerings in association with Aqua Design Amano co. ltd (ADA), Japan.
CAPTURE
DRAMATIC LANDSCAPES
IN YOUR SPACE
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Still Water Aquatics is the sole distributor for ADA products in India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Srilanka and Maldives. Our understanding of design and aesthetics enables us to translate a client’s dream into an exotic living and ever-changing artwork.

We provide our customers with an ideal solution with ease of maintenance.
It takes a lot of creative vision to craft a beautiful landscape, determination in seeing it through right till the end and patience to work along with nature to finally achieve the desired result.
“IF YOU TRY TO LOOK,
NATURE OPENS UP FOR YOU.
IF YOU TRY TO LEARN,
NATURE TEACHES YOU”
- TAKASHI AMANO
Learn to create awe inspiring aquascapes. As a nature aquascaper you possess the power to not just conserve our environment but also express your love for all of nature that surrounds us. A marriage of science and art, nature aquariums never fail to captivate and immerse you absolutely.
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