AQUA DESIGN AMANO JAPAN – ADA NATURE AQUARIUM GALLERY, THE BIRTHPLACE OF AQUASCAPING

AQUA DESIGN AMANO JAPAN – ADA NATURE AQUARIUM GALLERY, THE BIRTHPLACE OF AQUASCAPING


Welcome to the beautiful world of aquascaping! Today, we’re visiting THE Nature Aquarium Gallery. This is where aquascaping was born. Aqua Design Amano Japan, here we go! The building is hidden behind these trees. You cannot even see it from the road. It’s so nice arriving to a place, you know it’s there, but you can’t see it, until the very last moment. This building, the ADA Headquarters is placed in a very interesting place. This whole area was covered with water. It was… Ponds everywhere. And Mr. Amano, as he describes in his book, he was playing around, catching fish, observing plants and just enjoying Nature during his childhood years. Nowadays, you’ve got different settlements around, rice fields, it’s quite a natural place. You’ve got trees around the building. I just love being here! It’s so great! These are the famous Hakkai stones. The name itself is a kind of a trademark for Mr. Amano, because he really liked to use these very natural looking, very nice textured rocks. You can actually see how the water moved along these rocks and kind of made very small holes in the rock. If you want to do a riverbed, this is the perfect stone for you. The building itself was built 1994, so exactly 25 years ago. The ADA Gallery, the Nature Aquarium Gallery has opened in 2003, a couple of years later. This was the first scape – that you see here -, that was made by Mr. Amano, in this Gallery and actually the scape did not change since 2003. The tank is 3.5 meters wide. It has lots of Glossostigma in the foreground, with some Echinodorus tenellus in it. You’ve got the Hygrophila pinnatifida there on the rocks, some mosses also. And obviously some background plants, Vallisneria and some stem plants in the background. It’s quite a beautiful tank, this is what visitors will see, when they enter the Gallery. The long corridor and also the Gallery, will get lots of natural light from this wall. And also… Some natural light will come in from the internal garden there. Have you seen the movie Matrix? This is the Construct. ♪ So many wonders for so long ♪ ♪ It’s not that the answer seems so wrong ♪ This is what you see, when you first enter the ADA Gallery. 50+ creations. 40+ planted tanks with filtration, 4 Amano tanks in this Gallery. One of them is the big tank that I just showed you. The second one is on my right here, on your left. Another Iwagumi layout from Mr. Amano is in the back, And there is a fourth layout which you’re gonna see shortly. Other than that, you’ve got numerous young and very talented Suikei creators here, which means layout creators here at ADA. They made the majority of the tanks, except for four tanks, which were made by ADA dealers. You’re gonna also see that! So, this whole Gallery is like the Mecca of aquascaping. I think it should be on the bucket-list for everybody, to get here. What I’m gonna do today, is I’m gonna guide you through all the tanks here, I’m gonna try to tell you what kind of concept lies behind those tanks and I’m just gonna let you enjoy what you see here. Check this angle out, guys! It’s mind-blowing! You can see both Amano tanks at the same time! So one and two, through each other. You’ve got like a different depth here. It’s incredible! This is a very deep tank. And that sense of depth adds to the perspective, so it’s quite nice to have the 180*120 base numbers, because you have the Eleocharis parvula stretching all the way in the middle, towards the background. And you have Sansui stones on both sides, closing in in the center, so you have like a nice oval shape there with this line here. And it’s really nice to have the different types of plants and mosses. This is the normal Eleocharis. The parvula mini would go down just a little bit more and if you trim it, you can keep it low. This one was kept a little bit higher on purpose. And this actually adds to the wideness of it. You don’t feel the unnatural, artificial look, when you observe this tank. This tank is visible from all sides. From the back and from the front it’s a little bit more visible, but on the two sides, you have higher substrate. The main goal of the tank is to greet the visitors from this side. But also, to lead the visitors eyes towards the exit, when they are looking at the tank from the back. After coming up with the idea of Nature Aquariums, Mr. Amano started to do Iwagumi scapes. There are only two types of plants in this layout. In the foreground, you have the Glossostigma and in the background, we have the Utricularia. So here’s a living proof, that you can actually operate a tank with two types of plants, because most of you guys were afraid to use Utricularia, because of the high nitrates. I’m sure that you don’t have high nitrates with ADA fertilizers here. But these two plants can live together quite nicely here. The empty space in the middle divides these two islands. So the strong side of the tank, then an empty space in the middle and then the soft side of the tank on the right side. So this whole thing has a balance, but it also has a lot of force, a lot of strength in it. This tank has been here for many, many years. So this is actually a kind of a layout, that can be kept for a long time. Mr. Amano has built it originally with other plants and then as time passed by, the creators and the ADA stuff have changed to the plants that I already talked about. This is quite a new concept right here, guys! You have terrestrial plants or aquatic plants living up above the water. And you have aquatic plants living down the water. And you have the mist cover in the whole thing. So this whole thing is kept alive by using a lot of ADA Solar RGBs above it and also, the moisture is dripping continuously and coming continuously from the back, like that. And also, there is a very interesting technological solution with that. There’s a timer underneath this tank, which will change the water level and right now, you can see, that the water level is about 10 centimeters lower, than the maximum height. So every hour, the water goes down for 20 minutes, and then goes up, for another 20 minutes. And that’s happening every hour. So you have… It’s just like in the Nature. You have Lava stones everywhere. You have fern types. Terrestrial ferns up here, I can see that. But you have the Pinnatifida as well. You’ve got different types of mosses. I can feel the rainforest scent. It’s crazy! I love it! I would love to live here! What you see here, is one of the last tanks of Mr. Amano. And it’s quite interesting, because I found another angle, you can see his first tank there in the background. This whole ADA Gallery is very unique in a way, that it has so many big tanks. So if you want some good inspiration, you can come here and see a lot of big tanks. And you can get inspired by that. This would probably be the central, the main row of the Gallery, because you have the biggest tanks here, you have 180P tanks – three of them – in a row here. And you can actually look through all of them. And with that, you open the space of the Gallery and you can see the tanks behind them. Everything here is about the experience. You have these really nice stools, wooden stools, very classic, traditional Japanese style. We can sit on them and we can enjoy these very light creations. Everything is made of glass, is transparent… You don’t have any technology obstructing the view. So everything is about cleanness. Everything is about transparency. The first layout on the left side is a classic Nature Aquarium style layout. So this is a good proof, that ADA is putting an emphasis on the original, natural looking, stem plant kind of layouts as well. Not only the Iwagumi layouts. What you have there is a nice island composition, with some ferns, with some stem plants in there, in the middle. And then you have some Lotus, you also have some Glossostigma there, and you have some Crypts as well. Two very nice and colorful aquariums are closing the line of the main alley of this Gallery. And both of them are different styles. It’s quite nice to have this background behind both tanks there. And ADA has come up with quite a nice product, the Lightscreen. The one on the left is quite a warm, red colored tank. It attracts you, it wants you to go closer, to examine the colors of it. It’s like an Autumn tank. The one on the right side however, it’s a very wild, very strong, very cool tank. With a lot of cool things in it. So these two Yin & Yang kind of tanks. Really attracting the view. This is the most condensed natural feeling, that you can get. We should consider ourselves especially lucky here, to be alone to observe these tanks, because this Gallery is only open on Sundays from 10am to 4pm and on holidays of course. But then, everybody from all around the world is coming here, to visit this Gallery. So there’s quite a few people in there. I’ll give you a sneak peek, how this whole thing looks, when it’s full with people. Check this out! This was the Nature Aquarium Party. We’re gonna see a different video about that soon. The first tank right behind me is a classic, triangular-shaped tank with all kinds of Vallisneria in the background. Then you have the nice wood closing the line And actually breaking the line, because you have a triangular shape like this and you have the wood sticking out, like this. It is quite nice! The next one is scape with Red Moor wood and Dragon stones. You can see that this is quite a light scape, very natural. The next one is classic Nature Aquarium style, with low tech plants, the same kind of tank, that we saw on the other side of the Gallery. This resembles Mr. Amano’s tank, that was scaped actually in the foreground if the picture. We had a similar lava rock composition with a lot of Hygrophilia pinnatifida in there. I really like these rocks growing out of the water. Standing here, I have to realize, that this is why I started aquascaping. Open top tanks. You can see the underwater world from above. You can see the water surface, you can see the colors from above. Every tank in the Nature Aquarium Gallery has something special. Something to communicate. This one is very special, because of the Blyxa aubertii. But it’s also special, because it’s a high tank and it has a very high feeling, which is accentuated by the sand in the foreground. I think that Nature Aquariums are about the harmony of fish, hardscape and plants. And this here is a perfect example for that. We took the picture, that you saw in 2013, when we first visited the ADA Gallery. And it was such an experience for us, that we actually started to build a bigger gallery for Green Aqua, because of that. Because of that visit, because of the huge inspiration, that we got from Mr. Amano, by meeting Mr. Amano, talking to him, observing what he did, learning from him. Thailand, Spain, Vietnam, Brazil! These are all ADA distributor tanks. And during last year’s Nature Aquarium Party, teams of these countries have assembled and did nice tanks here at the ADA Gallery. Each tank will represent the country and will actually show the way, that these aquascapers work. It shows their style. The Brazilian looks exactly like a Brazilian tank, it’s crazy! It’s so good to see World Aquascaping united here. I don’t want to use big words here, but I’m really happy, that this is a big family and it’s a friendship without borders. We are at the back of the Nature Aquarium Gallery. But that doesn’t mean that the quality is lower. But you can see here, that even in small tanks, you can create the same quality, you can create the diversity and you will be able to enjoy these tanks, if you have them in your home. Especially this one. It’s like a 20 liter tank, but it’s so light, so beautiful! And the newest addition to the Nature Aquarium Gallery, is the 60P tank, that you see on the right side of the picture, there. That was made by Araki san and Green Aqua has invited him, to do a workshop at the Green Aqua Gallery in February. Let’s see if they accept our invitation, it would be a great honor for us! And you guys would be able to enjoy the ADA creating something at Green Aqua. That would be a dream come true for everybody. This one here is one of my favorites in the Nature Aquarium Gallery. I almost said Green Aqua Gallery. I feel so at home here! It’s the same feeling, I just love it! So this tank has the curvy lines. I really like the playfulness of this one. And the colors of this one and the stem plants, the red of the stem plants, making a contrast with the mosses on the wood, etc. Right, we really like this tank! That tank however, is a different type of tank! It’s an old style, a classic Nature Aquarium style tank. Really clean, with beautiful beautiful fish in it. And also, I really like the bright, green colors in the back. The last couple of days were quite an experience, thank you ADA for having us here, thanks for the opportunity, to shoot a beautiful video here. Guys, I hope you liked this! And until next week! Nature Aquarium Party video! Stay tuned! I’m gonna leave the Gallery, but before I do that, I’m gonna teach you how to leave a Gallery properly. And this is what I like in the Japanese culture. When you leave somewhere, you just bow. And with that, you give the respect to the place. So I’m gonna do the same. And with this, we conclude our Nature Aquarium Gallery visit video, here in Japan. Smash that like button, if you like this video, subscribe to the Green Aqua YouTube channel, if you didn’t do so yet! And until next week, bye!

100 thoughts on “AQUA DESIGN AMANO JAPAN – ADA NATURE AQUARIUM GALLERY, THE BIRTHPLACE OF AQUASCAPING

  1. This is amazing and awe-inspiring. Got my little 75l tank today. My first try at aquascaping.
    Keep up the amazing work. Respect!

  2. WOW! The NA Gallery in Japan is AMAZING!!!! All the aquascapes are really beautiful and unique in their own way! This place is so inspiring and i can only imagine what it is like to actually be there! Awesome video Green Aqua and THANK YOU! You keep outdoing yourself and its better and better every time!

  3. Who is this 5 guys that don't like this video? It's not normal for me, to don't like it.
    I feel little sadness in the video. But very respectful for the gallery the roots of aquascaping. Thank you for the great video.

  4. Wow Balazs! You created an amazing story! I remember when I saw first video from ADA Aquarium gallery and i said: IMPOSSIBLE – How to do aquarium like this?! Now I've got few nature aquariums at home.

  5. I can't believe that you posted this in the morning just as I was going to work. I had to wait all day to see it. That's just cruel. 🤣
    Thanks guys, great video again!

  6. This channel is getting more and more dangerous as the time passes.
    Kind of mind washing & wallet draining for cube glass thing in my house.

  7. It's amazing video! Thanks so much. Sir Amano make those aquascape, and you guys take me to the tour by your inspiration work. Love this

  8. Thanks for a wonderful video. Your very obvious passion for aquascaping is infectious. This place looks amazing. Thanks for sharing with us.

  9. great video green aqua…but balazs what's the need for dropping and raising the water level every 20 mins in the tank that u showed us. ???

  10. Thank you so much for treating us to this video, Just when you think the Green aqua channel cannot get any better, you keep raising the bar. Long may it continue. 👍😲

  11. Most difficult part is to leave from this heaven 😢😢 btw 2013 and 2019.. Loads of changes in balaze.. But surprisingly Viktor looks the same 🤔🤔🤔… Jokes apart.. Thanks a lot greenaqua team for this wonderful wonderful extra wonderful tour of gallary and spreading this hobby to the every corner of the world… 😍😍😍😍

  12. Omg balaz it's like an Elysium..it's mesmerizing…you are one lucky man..one of those people who personally met with our beloved legendary Mr Amano,the maestro.😍😍😍

  13. My God the tanks, they are all so very beautiful 👌😎

    My eyes were completely hypnotized, and that made me fall in love 😍
    Thank you very much Balazs, so far it is the most beautiful 4K video in the Green Aqua👍🏻👍🏻

  14. Truly stunning, thank you for the high-quality videography that captures the beauty of the tanks.
    Side note does anyone know what are the fishes at 15:48? I've never seen them before, nice delicate fins.

  15. Aquascaping has no walls. We are one big family.

    My first look at Aquascaped aquariums were pictures of Takashi Amano creations. I’ve been hooked fo 8 years since. Very lucky to have visited Japan and spend time in the ADA gallery and Sumida. I got a bit emotional at Florestas Submersas. Visited you guys at Green Aqua and spent time at Aquarium Gardens.

    Aquascaping has no limitations, apart from how adventurous your mind is.

    I feel lucky to be part of the family and to have been able to see great things. Here is to the next 8 years

  16. At first I was thought "Hey, that's really cool!". After nearly five minutes I thought "This is just beautiful to watch. So mesmerizing!". After 8 minutes of visual greatness I truely spoke out loudly "Oh, come on! This is so mother nature inspiring!". I definitely know why I love the characteristics, beauty and passion about aquascaping and especially iwagumi aquascapes. Thank you so much for taking me visually on a trip to a world I never thought I would ever see. I am very grateful for it and I hope that I will be able to see the gallery on my own sometime.

  17. From here on, I’ll bow as I visit you guys every time 😉
    Saying that this video was awesome would be an understatement. No words…
    And the fact I can see the resemblance between the ADA Gallery and the Green Aqua gallery in such small details like the inner garden… Freakin epic, now that’s the way you pay respect to your Shihan! Amazing!

    Looking forward to the next episode of the Japanese series 🙂

    🙏🏻

  18. Sync with my TV and BOoom … Insane, beautiful gallery 😍 Japan is my dream destination 😊 I Love every second of this video. Thank you guys, is epic 😉 🙏😘

  19. Wish Amano was still here with us. I still go back to watch him set an aquarium up. Such beautiful work. His art will forever be remembered. 🙏🙏💕💕💕

  20. Amazing! Inspirational! Very good job guys! Congratulations on such a good audiovisual production. ✨👌👏🏼👏🏼

  21. Thanks for this inside view of the ADA Gallery. Great that you explained the tanks and also the perspective the offer if you look from a different angle. I can't remember anybody doing this before 🙂

  22. This is like Alice in Wonderland for all aquascapers and aquarium lovers and enthusiasts. Very informative video and one of your best. Amazing !!!!

  23. Never thought you could almost die from inspiration. Now I know why the green aqua gallery looks that way. Amazing job my friends!

  24. Well… Wonderfull!!! This was the best video I've seen about aquascaping. The images outside and inside in this place are very expressive. It arouses good feelings (specially when talk about Brazil) and increases my admiration on this art. Very good!

  25. That’s just an inspiration. I have to make it there someday. I got to say though, Green Aqua feels very ADA like. You guys have done an amazing job creating a destination spot for me someday. Please continue to keep sharing all of your experiences with all of us.

  26. That tank @12:16 god damn… I love that tank so much. Inspired me as soon as I saw it. Love the colors so much. Instead of the usual green with touches of red here and there, these plants and stone are almost like a gradient from greens to red to blues. Then the gravel adds that finishing touch. Geez, this place is amazing! Unfortunately it's on the other side of the world so maybe one day in my life I will see it in person. Thank you for the video!

  27. Wow fantastic this channel always full of surprises ,

    I haven’t seen a in depth video about Na gallery like this before. Especially empty like this
    I like the way you show us even small tanks I feel these are often overlooked at the NA gallery,
    Thank you once again

  28. God every one of those are absolutely gorgeous. I have so much to learn. Visiting there is definitely one thing I want to do in my life.

  29. Awesome work. That gallery looks so amazing. Just a thought, the edit felt somewhat stressed and the narrative a bit disjointed. Still, love the work you and the team produce.

  30. This was the most indepth and most inspirational video you guys have done. And the memorium for Mr. Amono. I literally teared up. Thank you Grren Aqua.

  31. Holly Nature! That was amazing. Seeing all this tanks in one video with your guide. Thanks. Looking forward to see next video.

  32. First, josh sim giving the single best tutorial ive ever seen or heard, anywhere. Now, this. ..you guys are killing it!! Thank you team green aqua! ❤❤❤

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