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.
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
“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 this a favourable environment within an
aquarium, we introduce fauna, such as fish, shrimp together with the
plants. It is a unique world created by the marriage of beauty with
nature and a harmonious environment. A beautiful aquascape where healthy
grown aquatic plants thrive and colourful tropical fish swim, soothes
The origin of Nature Aquarium creation is nothing but re-creating
Nature. The amazonian tropical rainforest with its large rivers, lush
greenery, and rich flora and fauna such as tropical fish are one of the
inspirations for the origin of the Nature Aquarium. During the rainy
season, the Amazon’s endless tropical rainforests are submerged by
swollen rivers, which seamlessly shelter an enormous diversity of life.
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.
Takashi Amano pioneered the concept of introducing Carbon dioxide
(CO2) into aquariums. Injecting CO2 into an aquarium made it
possible to grow 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
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 of spirituality, and love for
Building an Iwagumi layout quickly and spontaneously will add
energy to the layout. To master the art of creating iwagumi style
layouts, one must be very observant of various natural stone
formations and practice recreating them as many times 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 our highly
successful product and service offerings in association with Aqua Design
Amano co. ltd (ADA), Japan.
IN YOUR SPACE
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
It takes a lot of creative vision determination and patience to
craft a beautiful aquascape, along with the capacity to work along
with nature to see it through till the end, ultimately achieving the
“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.
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