SUIKEI WORDS Keyword 03 ‘Lending a depth to aquascapes’

SUIKEI WORDS Keyword 03 ‘Lending a depth to aquascapes’

Yusuke HommaYusuke Homma
To design beautiful aquascapes, there are basic points to bear in mind.
In this column, the Suikei creators will explain and illustrate each point as a keyword.
Let’s deepen our knowledge of aquascaping!
Expressing a sense of perspective is one of the key points to create a dynamic aquascape. Using appropriate visual effect techniques, you can create a three-dimensional space even in a conventional aquarium tank with not much depth to it. Take advantage of different techniques to produce an aquascape with both good sustainability and a sense of depth.

Depth created by contrast in size

Tank size / W180×D120×H60 (cm)
Positioning based on the size
It is a simple method done by placing large pieces of driftwood or rock in the front and small pieces towards the back. I gave the front section a powerful impression by taking advantage of the texture of the layout material, and created a sense of depth by softening the impression in the back with a combination of willow moss and other aquatic plants.


Depth created by cast shadows

Tank size / W150×D60×H60 (cm)
The contrast of light and shadow
Perspective can be created with shadows of driftwood and plants. I arranged the front driftwood in such a way that the strong light clearly defined it, and placed the rear driftwood in the shade, where only its silhouette could be seen. Driftwood pieces with a lighter color should be located in the front.


Depth created with cosmetic sand

Tank size / W90×D45×H45 (cm)
Try a creative planting method
I spread the cosmetic sand widely towards the back in order to create a scene reminiscent of looking into a cluster of plants. The aquascape coveys a stronger sense of depth by placing a plant cluster in the foreground and making an opening in the center of the layout.