The Benefits of Hardscaping Your Fish Tank

The Benefits of Hardscaping Your Fish Tank

You rarely ever think of hardscape until someone mentions the name. Or, maybe you think that Hardscaping isn’t a necessary part of the aquarium art. Just because we have not included hardscape in our Aquascaping guide doesn’t mean it is not important. In fact, if you want to really create a fish tank that really stands out, you should to consider Hardscaping as early as now. The purpose of this article is to highlight some of the benefits of Hardscaping your fish tank.

One of the benefits of Hardscaping is that the art requires little maintenance. According to Pro Green Landscape, Hardscaping is a perfect alternative to using grass because of the less attention you have to pay to the project.

Hardscaping Requires Low Maintenance

Hardscapes are generally made from stones, concrete, wood or another material that requires significantly less maintenance than a green lawn. This can help reduce the amount of water and general maintenance required to make a landscape have that beautiful look every homeowner desires.

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Stone and concrete are the best hardscape to include in your fish tank. They even reduce the maintenance cost of the fish tank while making it look good to the eye.

Another benefit of Hardscaping your aquarium is that you make the fish tank look more attractive. A post published on The Aquarium Guide shows that you can create some fascination if you include hardscape in the fish tank.

Hardscaping Creates a Unique Fascination

Gravel,wood, sand, rock, and several decorative items are essential hardscape materials for an optimal aquascape layout. Hardscape is quite an interesting hobby that requires passion and creativity. It is important to understand the color adjustment and perspective rather than being an experienced artist to establish fascinating hardscape.

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To do Hardscaping the correct way, you need to pay attention to details. By doing so, you will be creating a fish tank that look more appealing to the eyes than you have ever done before.

One of the biggest merits of Hardscaping is attraction. According to Aquarium Base, the hardscapes like sand and rocks can turn a plain fish tank into something extra ordinary.

Hardscaping for Attraction

Others gather incredible stone that are just aesthetically pleasing in shape and feel, or that propose mountains, lakes, waterfalls and other natural scenes. Collected on mountains, in the wild, and in streambeds, and exhibited within their natural state, these rocks are things of great worth and attractiveness. They’re also complex tools for internal reflection that awaken in all who see them an appreciation for the incredible power of the universe. A single Sui Seki, it’s said, can present the opinion of the guy all cosmos and the world.

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In fact, when you design a fish tank, the goal is to ensure it looks good to the naked eyes. That explains why Hardscaping is significant.


If you have never thought of Hardscaping your aquarium design before, this is a good chance for you to get started A combination of Hardscaping and softscaping will make your project more visible to the world.

What is Iwagumi?

What is Iwagumi?

Iwagumi is a common term used in aquascaping. It refers to a traditional style of underwater landscaping wherein the only hardscape material used is stone. This gardening technique was introduced by the Japanese. The stones are positioned in the garden in such a way that it provides the structure of the seascape. These stones are combined with shrubbery and sand to create images of a mountainside or the shores of a lake. This landscaping style became a huge influence in aquascaping. The simple and amazing formations became the inspiration of a lot of aquascapers.

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There is no limit on the number of stones you will want to use in the execution of the Aquascape design but the least number of stones is 3. The arrangement using just 3 stones is called Sanzon Iwagumis. It is said that placing just a few stones into the design imbibe a remarkable and symbolic style while adding more stones makes it look more intricate and complex.

It is better to use an odd number of stones to create a more natural and appealing look. This will prevent the design from being split in the middle. When an even number of stones are used in the design, the tendency is to put an equal number on each side of the scenery. This makes the design look unappealing. By using an odd number of stones, the tendency to make the design look symmetrical is avoided. There is beauty in chaos. Uneven numbers create a pattern of unpredictability.

The Functions of the Rocks Used in Iwagumi


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In Sanzon Iwagumi, there are 3 stones being used. The largest stone is placed in the middle flanked by two smaller stones. It resembles the Buddhist triads. This seascape design is given a very elegant and majestic atmosphere to its viewers.

Each rock has a name and a specific function. These are the Oyaishi, Fukuishi, Soeishi and Suteishi.

The Oyaishi represent the natural flow of water. The main stone is usually the prettiest and the biggest. It should have a height of around two-thirds of the aquarium so it stands out when you plant it upright. Using the Rule of Two-Thirds, the primary stone should have this height to appeal to the naked eye. The stone should also be placed slightly tilted so that it creates a fluid look as if it was going to the water. The positioning of the rock should look as natural as possible.

The second largest stone is called the Fukuishi. It is positioned on either side of the main stone or Oyaishi. This stone must have the texture and type similar to that of the Oyaishi.

Soeishi, the tertiary stone must be planted beside the Oyaishi, on the opposite side of the Fukuishi. The role of this stone is to complement the appearance of the main stone by highlighting it. By acting as its accessory, the powerful vibe of the Oyaishi is emphasized.

Finally, the Suteishi or the sacrificial stone. It looks like a random stone strewn down on the sand bottom that will be eventually be covered in time. This stone can be omitted from the design but it does add a subtle effect of being complex and intricate at the same time.