Takashi Amano is one of the most influential people in the freshwater aquascaping community. He can largely be credited with introducing Japanese gardening concepts such as Wabi-sabi and Zen rock arrangement to the aquascaping hobby. His tank compositions involve intricate, and typically asymmetrical (though balanced) arrangements of aquatic plants often augmented by river rocks and driftwood. His aquascapes are notable in that they often mimic nature in their appearance, and can be regarded as a form of art.
Amano is the author of Nature Aquarium World (TFH Publications, 1994), a three-book series on aquascaping and freshwater aquarium plantsand fish. He has also published the book “Aquarium Plant Paradise”(T.F.H. Publications, 1997).
A species of freshwater shrimp is named the “Amano shrimp” or “Yamato shrimp” (Caridina multidentata; previously Caridina japonica) after him. After discovering this species’ ability to eat large quantities of algae, Amano asked a local distributor to special order several thousand of them. They have since become a staple in the freshwater planted aquarium hobby.
He has also developed a line of aquarium components that are known as ADA, and his “Nature Aquarium” article series appears monthly inTropical Fish Hobbyist magazine in the U.S.
Takashi Amano has established his own style of plant layout, “Nature Aquarium”: plants, fishes and microorganisms cohabit and create an ecological system in an aquarium tank; plants absorb CO2, photosynthesize and produce oxygen, and this rich oxygen creates the best environment for fish and microorganism. He founded Aqua Design Amano Co., Ltd. in 1982, which received attention for its development of aquatic plant growing equipments, “Nature Aquarium Goods”. His photo book of Nature Aquarium “Glass no Naka no Daishizen” published in 1992 followed by “Mizu-Shizen eno kaiki,” were translated into 7 languages and created a great sensation among planted aquarium hobbyists around the world.
Biography of Photographer
Since 1975, Takashi Amano has visited tropical rainforests in Amazon, Borneo and West Africa and pristine forests in Japan, and he has been working on series of photos focusing on “untouched nature” with his large-format cameras. He captures minute details of nature found at site on extra large size films (up to 8×20 inches). His works have been introduced internationally through the several exhibitions and publications. Amano is now taking on a challenge to record the existing precious nature of Japan on large-format films and pass down to posterity. In recent years, Amano has given numbers of lectures on his photography expeditions and his experiences in nature around the world, and he has advocated the importance of tree-planting programs to protect the earth’s environment. He is a member of the Japan Professional Photographers Society, the Japan Advertising Photographers’ Association, the International Environment Photographers Association, and the Society of Scientific Photography.