2008 AGA Aquascaping Contest
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Underwater gardens: Award-winning planted aquariums

Who says an aquarium has to be all about fish? All over the world, planted aquarium enthusiasts practice the art of underwater gardening -- creating lush, natural-looking landscapes that live in the confines of a tank. These hobbyists communicate via the Internet, trading plants and information. They also trade pictures of their tanks. Each year the Aquatic Gardeners Assn., a group of enthusiasts 1,300 strong, holds a contest to name the best tanks in the world. Here you’ll find the winning aquascapes of the past five years and get a taste of a whole new way to look at an aquarium. To read more about the art of aquascaping from California to Japan, read our story here.

-- Deborah Netburn

2nd place aquatic garden medium: 172 liters (46 gallons)

“Rhythm of Nature” by Harry Kwong, Ma Tau Wai Estate, Hong Kong (www.showcase.aquatic-gardeners.org)
1st place aquatic garden small: 54 liters (14 gallons)

“Mountainscape” by Peter Kirwan, Dublin, Ireland (www.showcase.aquatic-gardeners.org)
1st place aquatic garden large entry No. 71: 324 liters (86 gallons)

“Wolong Canyon” by Cheung Wai Shan Susanna, Hong Kong (www.showcase.aquatic-gardeners.org)
1st place aquatic garden extra large and best of show entry No. 70: 432 liters (114 gallons)

“Flies the dragon” by Chow Wai Sun, Hong Kong (www.showcase.aquatic-gardeners.org)
1st place aquatic garden medium entry No. 190: 160 liters (42 gallons)

“Field of Dreams” by Hui Kam Man, Hong Kong (www.showcase.aquatic-gardeners.org)
1st place aquatic garden extra large entry No. 106: 450 liters (119 gallons)

“Cosmopolis” by Van Waerebeke, Argenteuil, France (www.showcase.aquatic-gardeners.org)
1st place aquatic garden large and best of show entry No. 5: 324 liters (86 gallons)

“Ashy Range” by Chow Wai Sun, Hong Kong (www.showcase.aquatic-gardeners.org)
1st place aquatic garden extra large: 1,418 liters (375 gallons)

“Heiko’s Lesson,” by Jeffrey Senske, Houston (www.showcase.aquatic-gardeners.org)
1st place aquatic garden extra large: 540 liters (143 gallons)

“The Spring” by Arkadiusz Siurda, Siemianowice Slaskie, Poland (www.showcase.aquatic-gardeners.org)
1st place aquatic garden large and best of show: 240 liters (63 gallons)

“Across the River” by Filipe Alves Oliveira, Porto, Portugal (www.showcase.aquatic-gardeners.org)
1st place aquatic garden medium: 120 liters (32 gallons)

“Island” by Plamen Teodosiev Petrov, Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria (www.showcase.aquatic-gardeners.org)
1st place aquatic garden small: 32 liters (8 gallons)

“Summer Dance” by Law Kai Chun, Hong Kong (www.showcase.aquatic-gardeners.org)
1st place aquatic garden small and best of show: 32 liters (8 gallons)

“Secret Garden” by Justin Law, Hong Kong (www.showcase.aquatic-gardeners.org)
1st place aquatic garden medium: 180 liters (48 gallons)

“Setting Sun” by Yu-Lin Chen, Science-Based Industrial Park, Hsinchu, Taiwan (www.showcase.aquatic-gardeners.org)
1st place aquatic garden large: 360 liters (95 gallons)

“Old Chinese Garden” by PJ. Magnin, Velp, Netherlands (www.showcase.aquatic-gardeners.org)
1st place aquatic garden extra large and popular choice: 5400L (1429 gallon)

“In the Shadow of the Trees” by Oliver Knott, Germany (www.showcase.aquatic-gardeners.org)
1st place aquatic garden small: 64 liters (17 gallons)

“A Midsummer’s Dream” by Eric Cheng, Hong Kong (www.showcase.aquatic-gardeners.org)
1st place aquatic garden extra large and best of show: 560 liters (148 gallons)

“Resting Place” by Oliver Knott, Graben-Neudorf, Germany (www.showcase.aquatic-gardeners.org)
1st place aquatic garden large: 378 liters (100 gallons)

“Easy Does It” by Gordon Hartmann, Monona, Wis. (John Glaeser courtesy of www.showcase.aquatic-gardeners.org)
1st place aquatic garden medium: 76 liters (20 gallons)

“The Right Hill” by Dam Nguyen, Santa Ana

To find out more about the Aquatic Gardeners Assoc., you can go to their website, www.aquatic-gardeners.org.

To learn more about how these kinds of aquascapes are put together, read our story on nature aquariums(www.showcase.aquatic-gardeners.org)
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