THE WORLD’S MOST FAMOUS PLANTED TANK – TAKASHI AMANO’S HOME AQUARIUM – JAPAN VLOG PART 2

THE WORLD’S MOST FAMOUS PLANTED TANK – TAKASHI AMANO’S HOME AQUARIUM – JAPAN VLOG PART 2


Welcome to the beautiful world of aquascaping! This is the final episode of the Japan trilogy. If you guys have missed the previous two episodes, – we presented you the Nature Aquarium Gallery, the ADA Gallery in the first episode and we had some really nice visit to the Sumida Aquarium, as well as to the Nature Aquarium Party, presenting the awards for the IAPLC 2019, in the previous episode. Today, however, we’re gonna have a very, very exciting event. We’re gonna visit Mr. Amano’s house and you’re gonna see probably the most famous aquarium in the world. Built by Mr. Amano, in his own house. Additionally, we’re gonna go back to the Nature Aquarium Gallery, to the ADA Gallery, and you’re gonna see some professional opinions about the tanks and you will enjoy the Gallery once more, with some background information. We are here, in Mr. Amano’s garden. This whole area is situated in a village, in an urban area. But this garden is much different from anything else, that you see around here. This was built from scratch, by Mr. Amano. It’s a tiny garden actually. But if you look at the pictures, you will actually see, that it has incredible depth and it’s very natural-looking. Because Mr. Amano has brought here a lot of huge rocks. Well.. Not by himself obviously, because these are multiple-ton rocks. And he had plenty of big-big trees. He wanted this whole garden, to resemble a natural habitat. You see the different layers. You have the foreground with the stone path. And then you have the pond here. I don’t see any Koi fish in it. The sense of space is greatly enhanced by the curvature of this pond. You can see that it goes from the right side there, to the left and then it turns to the right again. I can see some fence over there, but on the other side I don’t see any fences. The trees will get gradually thicker, as you move deeper in the space. And in the back, you’ve got really huge, huge rocks. The whole house was actually built around this tank. So the foundation, the filtration of the tank, which is underneath, was actually made, before the house was built. There were a couple of Earthquakes here and this tank would stand them all. So it’s quite sturdy. Mr. Amano had told us once, that he was sitting there, in the back and watching the water come out of the tank. But nothing happened to the tank actually. So actually, this is a 4m by 2m nature aquarium, with a lot of ferns, Bolbitis and also other Microsorum types. You have just seen Amano’s daughter, walking by with a green tea. Thank you, Sayuri! Mr. Amano’s wife is living in this house. They are taking care of Mr. Amano’s spirit. It’s a very emotional thing, to be here. A couple of years ago, I took a picture here with Mr. Amano as well. Konnichiwa to the viewers of the beautiful world of aquascaping! [Balazs] So, let’s get Tommy’s first impression! I think I’m ready! That’s it, about not keeping Utricularia with anything else. [Laughter] It’s everywhere, in between the Tenellus. The whole atmosphere of the place, it’s… …it’s really something different. [Balazs] Do you remember the first time, that you stepped foot in the ADA Gallery and how was it? The first time was maybe five years ago, if I’m not mistaken. I think the setup looked a lot more classic. Simple and classic. This time, I feel that the “wild factor” is more. I’m sorry I’m not talking too much, it’s… [Laughter] [Balazs] How did you feel, when you first came here? Like when you go to the temple of aquascaping. So you need to be humble. At that time, you not only saw the aquascaping… and the tanks, but you could also see Amano san in person. So this is really, really fantastic. This is what aquascaping – as a hobby . should be about. So these are not competition tanks, these are not these hugely creative, multiple-months made aquariums. These are simple aquariums, but beautiful. This is more like a museum. Some of the plants, I don’t even know, what they are. Or there are some plants, that I guess I know. I really like, that ADA is getting into the terrarium stuff, with DOOA. This year, when I came in, I felt really, really impressed. Really …, to be honest. I think they’re adding a lot of all this – above the water setups. I always like when something is above the water. It shows another side of the plant. Underwater and above the water, the plants give different shapes, different colors. This is only created by Mr. Homma. It’s only two months old. And it looks like a wild forest. This is the one that gave me that kind of special feeling this time. I like the one, with the wood waving. Because that one is my style. [Laughter] We’ve got Steven here, who is a member of the Tokyo Aquascaping Union. Otherwise known, as TAU [Steven] That’s right! And congratulations, for this year’s high ranking! Thank you! My teacher was (Noriyuki) Shito san, who started the Tokyo Aquascaping Union. When I was deciding, whether or not I was gonna be serious. He told me: “Steven, this is a group of perverts. Alright? You may be complaining about having to buy a 120 centimeter tank, or like pay for initial lessons, or you know, be really serious, but you have to decide, whether or not you actually want, to be a pervert.” This is a kind of Lava stone, from ADA. You can use some tools, to dig a hole inside and put the plants in very easily. We always have a problem with Glossostigma, I have no idea why. Tommy is shaking his head behind the camera. [Tommy] The only issue that we usually have is that we don’t trim it. [Balazs] I don’t know, it always grows up, And also the leaves are much bigger. So I have no idea, how you guys are being able, to keep it this… No technique! Just plant and grows… You talked to it! Very easy! Do you have like your favorite tank, favorite style here? There are two tanks by Mr. Amano. I think they’ve been replanted them a few times. But the rock arrangement is Mr. Amano’s hands’ work. Very classic Iwagumi and fantastic tank. This is very classic. First of all, you’ve got to find this kinds of Manten stones. The second one is how to maintain, so that all the things are going very well. Just like the memory of Amano san. The balance is… It cannot be said, that this … how I will be placing that rock, this will be like this… But this is a kind of feeling, of the Asian people. We have the… We have the schedule in our hearts, so I cannot tell very in-depth things about that. But for me, if this tank was made by me, I would add in a rock, over there. [Balazs] This is too empty for you, you would need like a spot, [Dave] that is only for me. For the correction, I will be adding a stone. Just over here, so that the flow will be like that. [Balazs] I’ve talked to Dave Chow before and he told me that he’s missing one stone here, in the center. To connect these two lines together. What you think about that? [Speaking Japanese] The left side and the right side are under completely different forces. And they are different things. The left side is not under the influence of high pressure water. It’s you know, avoiding it. Whereas the right side is getting hit completely by the flow of water. And so that’s why you have decided to break it up into pieces. Whereas the left side has so much strength And standing and power! And so from the back left, to the front right, you see this flow. If there was a stone, that connected the left thing and the right thing, trying to make them the same thing. That would go against the intentions of the layout. And it also eliminates… You know, the kind of sense of relief we get from the foreground. Right now, it seems, that there are two different flows. From the front left to the back and also from the back, to the front right. Usually, that’s very unnatural, right? The same flow pressure should apply throughout the layout. [Balazs] What do you think about the plant selection here? The fuzzy tips of Vivipara are not… They kinda feel like terrestrial. Not very good for waterflow expression. [Balazs] What kind of plants would you choose for that? Valisneria nana, Echinodorus angustifolia, I recommend these. [Balazs] What do you think about the fish selection? [Masashi Ono] Best, perfect! [Laughter] Great fish for a river flow layout! We have a club. That is Aquascaping Club Mexico. We are ten aquascapers. We always work together, so we can improve in our works. My layout’s name is Vortex. If you see the work, you can realize why is the name. You know, it’s like… like a twist! it’s my first time here. I’m really surprised! I knew before, that the ADA level would be really high, but now you’re here, it’s much different. I’ve just seen the videos. The tanks are so clean, plants are healthy, it’s amazing! I’m more of a fan of the diorama style. But looking at this, you’re starting to appreciate the classic nature style more, every day. Always, when I compete, I make different styles. For example Iwagumi, Ryoboku and forest style. This is a new one for me. My style. [Balazs] Congratulations for your very, very good result! Thanks a lot! Thank you, thank you, thank you! You just look around, it’s a feeling! It really… It’s like everything has its place. You don’t see cables hanging around. All these must-have cables are put in a… Cultured way, or I don’t know how to say it. It’s just… It really is art! This whole place, it satisfies my OCD. Very much! Seeing this, what would you say, that we should do better at Green Aqua, or we should emphasize more at Green Aqua, in the Gallery? More bold! You need to do something bolder! I think Green Aqua is, I would say it’s maybe… Five years ago – the ADA Gallery, that kind of concept. Still very classic! That’s very nice! No, no, don’t think… No, I love it! Very nice, very nice, but still very classic, very conventional. So I would like to see something more “wow” and bolder. Congrats to Balazs and all the guys at Green Aqua, for making you know, just incredible works after works and like really educating and inspiring. Thanks mate and I also wanna do a big shout-out for Steven’s channel, I’ll link it in the description below. Check out his wonderful, wonderful work on YouTube, right? Yeah, it’s not production like this, but I will talk about art philosophy of aquascaping on my channel SteveScapes. So please, check it out! Yeah, link in the description! I remember, once a time, several years ago when Amano was still here, I was upstairs, just looking around, because they have many, many kinds of stones in the surroundings. Then Amano san came to my side and said it to me: The stone is mine. And I said that: “Yes, I know. I will not steal it.” [Laughter] So this is very memorable, this is very direct, to talk with him, like that. And this concludes our Japan trilogy. I hope that you guys liked this video and liked our visit to the most inspiring place in the world – at least for me. It was a very emotional experience! If you did like this video, and this trilogy, please hit that like button! Please consider subscribing to the Green Aqua YouTube Channel, if you didn’t do so yet. And we’ll see you with some more inspirational material from Budapest, on the next Thursday! Stay tuned! Stay tubed! Bye!

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