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About Takashi Amano[edit]

Takashi Amano is one of the most influential people in the freshwater aquascape community. He can largely be credited with introducing Japanese gardening concepts such as Wabi Sabi to the aqua scaping hobby. His tank compositions involve intricate, and typically asymmetrical (though balanced) arrangements of aquatic plants often augmented by river rocks and driftwood. His aquascapes are notable in that they often mimic nature in their appearance.

Amano is the author of Nature Aquarium World, a three-book series first published in 1994 on aqua scaping and freshwater aquarium plants and fish. Here is a short review of the book.

Amano can also be credited with popularizing the use of Glossostigma elantoides and Riccia fluitans in aqua scaping and the use of shrimp as a means of controlling the growth of algae.

A species of freshwater shrimp is named the Amano shrimp (Caridina japonica) after him. After discovering this species' ability to eat quantities of algae, Amano asked a local distributor to special order several thousand of them. They have since become a staple in the freshwater planted aquarium.