Beautifully Designed Aquariums Compete in The International Aquatic Plants Layout Contest

The International Aquatic Plants Layout Contest is an intense competition that lets participants showcase their beautiful aquariums. This competition isn’t about the fish in the tank, but rather the foliage, rocks, moss and other aquatic elements that make a beautiful environment. Many of the competitors are experts in biology, design and photography and spend months—or even years—growing and maintaining their works. (Above: Reaching, Robertus Hartono)

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Forest Scent, Pavel Bautin. Russia. 2010 IAPLC Grand Prize Winner

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Pale Wind, Takayuki Fukada. Japan. 2013 IAPLC Gold Prize

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Verve!, Chow Wai Sun. Hong Kong. 2011 IAPLC Bronze Prize

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Long Tran Hoang, Vietnam. 2012 IAPLC Third Place

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Pilgrimage, Shintaro Matsui. Japan. 2013 IAPLC Fifth Place

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Georgi Chaushev, Bulgaria. 2012 IAPLC Top 100

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Francisco Wu, Spain. 2012 IAPLC Top 100

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Whisper of the pines, Serkan Çetinkol. Turkey. 2013 IAPLC Top 27

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After the Rain in Mountain, Katsuki Tanaka

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Moment in Time, Nguyen Tien Dung

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Ups and Downs, Nguyenthi Xuanthuy

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The Late October, Piotr Beczynski

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The Virgin Stream, Piotr Dymowski

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Green Paradise, Quan Nguyen Minh-Green

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Titiwangsa, Wei Cheong Chung

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Stairway to Heaven, Timucin Sagel

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Wild West, Stjepan Erdeljić. Croatia

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Spirit of the Rain Forest, AJ Judy Prajitno Putra

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Magic Forest, Chan Shih Hsien

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