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what is an amano tank?

i'm a very curious newbie and wondering what an "amano" tank is?
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Amano is a style of aquascaping created by Takashi Amano.
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and they require super bright lighting? or is that any small tank?
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and they require super bright lighting? or is that any small tank?
Amano tanks really are no different than any other tanks. They're nothing more than tanks that were created by Takashi Amano or a tank that mimicks his unique style of aquascaping. That's all, nothing more.


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Yes, they are just tanks, nothing too special besides awesome equipment like the glass pipes and lighting. He has just created a very beautiful style of aquascaping. If you search through the forums you can find a lot of tips on how to mimic his style and methods.... or you can go pick up some books/magazines.
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On the hardware/equipment side of things, an Amano tank is generally described as being rimless, just 5 pieces of glass. They are popularly considered to be open top, in that there is nothing obstructing the view from above. The lighting is usually suspended from cords and hangs above the open top. Equipment is low profile and mostly made of clear glass so that the inflows and outflows are almost invisible, as opposed to the common green or black plastic pipes most aquariums use.

Everything inside the tank is designed to look "appealingly natural" and everything outside the tank and the tank and stand itself are designed to "disappear".

The idea is a cube of water containing nature suspended magically in your home or office. The equipment is meant to blend in so that your eyes automatically focus on the contents and are not distracted.

No one should ever be able to look at an Amano style tank and say, "Wow, you have an Eheim filter!?" or "Hey, I have a Jebo heater too." or "Cool, it's the Titanic!"

The idea is to have them say, "How does it stay so clean without a filter?" "I feel like I'm scuba diving."

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The idea is a cube of water containing nature suspended magically in your home or office.
I feel all tingly there.
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If you havn't seen it yet, check out this thread here https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/sh...highlight=trip
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so then why did i see an article here saying that 8wpg is low lighting on an amano tank? could i keep a 5.5g cube with 30watts of floursent light or not(3 10w bulbs 6500K)
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If you read something saying 8wpg was low light then I hope it was a typo.

I would think your 5.5 would be more than fine with 30w. I dunno. Might even be too much. That's an answer for someone with nano experience.

If anything, I would say Amano uses less light than many people. He increases his lighting during mid day but the rest of the time I would say his lighting is very reasonable.

I would say 8wpg would be totally insane and I don't see how anyone could keep a healthy freshwater tank with that light level.

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Danyal, I wouldn't use 3 lights on a 5. 2 would probably be fine.
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Everything inside the tank is designed to look "appealingly natural" and everything outside the tank and the tank and stand itself are designed to "disappear".
I would say they are designed to evoke something natural, but none of them look natural in terms of real aquatic life. Sure, an amano tank might look like the rolling hills of Scotland, but that doesn't happen underwater!

Much like a Japanese rock garden or a bonzai tree: pristine and sterile—art inspired by nature, but not attempting to actually depict what is really out there in the wild world.
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what is an amano tank?
A shrimp tank ??

heh...
I love his work but the more I see of his new stuff the more it looks like his old stuff. Its the same thing over and over with the wood moved from the center to the left and then to the right.

Oliver Knott is the man in my eyes ! Always different, always beautiful and always a kool new style from the last tank. The plant selection is always interesting !
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heh...
I love his work but the more I see of his new stuff the more it looks like his old stuff. Its the same thing over and over with the wood moved from the center to the left and then to the right.

Oliver Knott is the man in my eyes ! Always different, always beautiful and always a kool new style from the last tank. The plant selection is always interesting !
Amen Brotha !!
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Knott scapes! http://plantella.com/
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