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For a little while now, me and a few friends have been working together on the development of a new project, one that emphasizes the spread of aquascaping as an art. Specifically the facet of the Minimalist Aquascape, meaning the adherence to the less is more philosophy of design. Thus far the road of development for this endeavor has been all encompassing in our outlook, going so far as designing our current apartments months ahead of time around the emphasis of the application of this design theory in an attempt to showcase the aquarium as a living and evolving facet of room decor and to further it's rightful recognition as an art.

The Name: Iwagumi^3 (Iwagumi Cubed)

The Goal: To foster and expand the Iwagumi and Minimalist movements in aquarium design.

The Medium: Fully comprehensive content provision that is wholly unique and never before seen to such scale in English via online and later, printed medium.

The Release: Tentative launch for iwagumicubed.com is scheduled for February 2010.

The Content: On release there will be no less than 20 unique articles, accompanied by photographs and possibly video detailing Iwagumi and Minimalist Aquascaping.

Due to such high popularity with our demographic tests for our 2009 beta concept booklet (best viewed in adobe acrobat 9.2), we have decided to release it to the public for you to enjoy in it's original form, with the original photographs. Because the community is so important to us, we cherish any and all feedback and voluntary involvement.

Here's to hoping 2010 is a big year.

Respectfully,

-Francis X. Wazeter IV
 

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Very interested. Are you thinking/planning to release any of this in print? I have seen a decent amount more of plant/planted aquarium books but nothing that really focuses on on scape. I have been looking at other design books for ideas but this would be perfect. I know it is more costly but would be nice for those who like to read away from the computer.
 

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Very interested. Are you thinking/planning to release any of this in print? I have seen a decent amount more of plant/planted aquarium books but nothing that really focuses on on scape. I have been looking at other design books for ideas but this would be perfect. I know it is more costly but would be nice for those who like to read away from the computer.
Our intentions are to release a yearly concept booklet in print modeled loosely over the one I linked, except longer (thinking something in the 40 page range) and more in depth. Since it is printed we will have to charge something, but I don't foresee it surpassing like $10.

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First post since joining in '04, and I have to say that I really, really like what you're doing here.
I am genuinely flattered that after so many years of being registered your first post was in response to this, thank you for the compliment.

enzo said:
wow this is going to be awesome
Thanks for your support.
 

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For those looking to support and help Iwagumi^3 in it's goals for a successful launch, we have prepared a forum signature for those who wish to help spread the word:



Code (delete asterisks for code to be enabled) :

[*URL="http://iwagumicubed.com/iwagumi3.pdf"][*IMG]http://iwagumicubed.com/support.jpg[/IMG*][/URL*]

or alternatively, the html code:

<a href="http://iwagumicubed.com/iwagumi3.pdf">
<img src="http://iwagumicubed.com/support.jpg"></a>

Increasing exposure is a very important task for us, and doing so at the ground level up is one of the best ways to do so.

Those that show their support by displaying this banner in their signature will be entered in an inaugural raffle in which we will give away a new ADA brand Mini-S aquarium (why a Mini-S? Because it was the first aquarium I aquascaped in and is the same tank you see depicted in the front of this shot) that will take place upon release of the website. In order to be eligible you must both display the banner in your signature at least until release and either pm, email me at the email address listed in the Concept Booklet, or post in this thread to notify me of your participation. A list of those who qualify to enter will be maintained in this thread.

In the event of a winner outside the continental United States or Canada you will have to pay shipping
 

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I am genuinely flattered that after so many years of being registered your first post was in response to this, thank you for the compliment.
It's definitely well deserved - an aquarist movement that deeply examines and intertwines philosophy and aesthetic isn't exactly an everyday occurrence; promoting aquascaping as a legitimate art form, rarer still. Already a proponent of the Mies-ian "less is more" ethos, consider me a supporter of the cause.
 

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Francis,
First of all, great project! Thanks for doing this.

Btw, Thanks again for your advice on my tank. I would be doing some adjustment based on your comments when I rescape (as soon as I can find a good / affordable source for UG).

Lastly, I would like to participate in the raffle.

-Riverboa

 

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First off, your tanks are gorgeous! While I have never been able to stick to a minamalist tank, due to a case of severe collectoritis, I have tried to integrate some of the Iwagami concepts into my hadscapes. I find Iwagami tanks to be the most dramatic fishtanks and stunning works of living art.

I whole heartedly support the movement and would like to be entered into said raffle.
 

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Hey guys, here is an update with those who have volunteered to be entered in the raffle so far, with the forum they posted under.

Firestarter (TPT)
Roadstar (TPT)
Green024 (TPT)
Riverboa (TPT)
Kayen (TPT)
Nue (TPT)
Solid (TPT)
johnblah (TPT)
fish_dork (APC)
thief (APC)
1101cody (ASW)
elmagico82 (ASW)
 

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firestarter and green024, let me know how you spread the word in your area! we love to hear about efforts like that.

roadstar, it definitely is a rare occurrence, but our hopes is that it is merely a stepping stone that leads to a more commonplace approach.

Riverboa, I'm always happy to help in anyway I can towards the creation of better aquascapes. Being a student of Iwagumi and Minimalism is not the easiest thing in the aquascaping world to do, but we'll get there. I am still humbled by the works of Amano in that regard.

Nue and Johnblah, we are happy that you are supporters.

Solid, I too find Iwagumi to be a very dramatic and subtle form of aquascaping! It is a style in which a well-done Iwagumi will give you the entire impression within moments of looking at it, and still provide small little touches and subtle nuances that come to life as you continue to look at the interaction of the fauna and the hardscape. Maybe if you win the Mini-S you'll have a tank that can be dedicated to practicing creating a scape like this.
 
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