The Incredible Underwater Art of Competitive Aquascaping

These photos were taken from the International Aquatic Plants Layout Contest (IAPLC). This is a contest where people compete to design the best aquarium, literally taking months to grow the beautiful aquascapes. They’re amazing.

Forest Morning: designed by Pavel Bautin of Saint Petersburg, Russia. The 400 liter tank is pictured after 6 months of growth. There are 8 types of plants.

Forest Morning: designed by Pavel Bautin of Saint Petersburg, Russia. The 400 liter tank is pictured after 6 months of growth. There are 8 types of plants.

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Dombay, Russia

The sunlight on the surroundings gives a look of underwater. Dombay, Karachay-Cherkess Republic – Russia. The highest peak of Dombay area, Dombay-Ulgen is 4,046 meters (13,274 ft). Dombay is surrounded with snow-capped mountains and glaciers all year round.Dombay, Karachay-Cherkess Republic - Russia