This book speaks volumes. The quality of the book overall is excellent, the pictures and font is fantastic and the information throughout is concise and thorough. Although the price may be a bit steep, you get what you pay for and you will not be disappointed with this. This is suitable for all ages, arts and hobbies of all skills.
Wonderful Book, to inspire any who loves aquariums. Tons of sets made by Takashi Amano, enough info and the images and size of the book are great to apreciate. Packaging lacks of plastic but the book have a nice second cover.
Beautiful pictures as you would expect. It isn't a guide book but it is crammed full of inspiration. Tells you exactly what the plants and equipment used are so you can replicate. Definitely worth buying if you are into aquascaping.
Bought it as a present. Having had a quick look through it looks excellent. Detailed information of plants, inverts, substrate etc. included with each tank. A must have from a true master. Worth the purchase if you intend to take aquascaping to the next level.
Excellent book, can spend hours at a time gazing at the pictures, all really high quality. The only criticism is that all the animals and plants that are listed in each picture are all listed with their latin names, which means a lot of googling if you want to know exactly what it is! Amano is a genius.
This book contains many absolutely beautiful aquarium layouts, with superb photography and details on the equipment and environmental parameters needed to achieve them. My only slight criticism is that they are not really 'true' nature aquariums as the title would have you believe. Many look more like gardens (very beautiful ones!) with 6 or more plant species (which is extremely rare in a restricted aquatic habitat in nature) from different countries or even continents, never mind the same habitat. And that goes for the fish too. They are also a little bit 'fussy' in my opinion - for example none of these tanks have dead tree leaves on the substrate, which would be far more realistic and actually beneficial for many 'rainforest' tanks (which most of these are really). In short, Mother Nature is not a gardener! Still, nobody could deny the tanks look stunning, over many years Amano raised tank design to an art form. Be warned this book could easily inspire you to create a new tank!
This book is fantastic. It is a must have for any budding aquascaper or expert in their field. It shows what can be done with a little time and effort with a simple fish tank and a few plants. The tanks shown in the book are from small sized tanks to massive tanks that a zoo would be proud of. Each cell photograph also has a complete list of plants, fauna etc and the most important water parameters so you could try to emulate one of the images. There are a few step by step pages - showing you how the scene was created. This book is a credit to the author - two decades of work in one book. It shows how styles changed and also how the skills changed for the author. I have purchased this book and it is now pride of my collection. Totally recommend it to everyone. People looking for a book on fish - would be disappointed. But people looking for inspiration on planted tanks and aquariums would be delighted.