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    Senske ‘Scapes with Hakkai Stones, A True Gift from Amano

    Jeff Senske of the Aquarium Design Group (ADG) has recently completed the first American Aquascape using Hakkai stones from Japan. Thanks for us, Jeff captured and shared his work in the video above. For marine aquarists discussing these stones sounds as foreign as Plectranthias does to our fellow freshwater hobbyists–but take note; there is a […]

    Jeff Senske of the Aquarium Design Group (ADG) has recently completed the first American Aquascape using Hakkai stones from Japan. Thanks for us, Jeff captured and shared his work in the video above.

    For marine aquarists discussing these stones sounds as foreign as Plectranthias does to our fellow freshwater hobbyists–but take note; there is a thing or two we can learn from freshwater’s obsession with stones. Iwagumi hardscapes and Suiseki, the Japanese art of stone appreciation, translates well for aquarium keepers of all water types. That is because, if the aquarium is our canvas, surely the rocks, or stones, we use is akin to paint.

    If you’ve ever oggled at the bold, dark mysterious rocks used by Takashi Amano’s (Aqua Design Amano) riveting aquascapes (see here), there is a good chance they are Hakkaiseki, commonly referred to as Hakkai Stones.

    Native to the Mountains of Hakkai in Niigata, Japan, a protected and religious space, these stones are prohibited to collect; making them the Ballina Angelfish of the Freshwater Iwagumi world. Years ago Takashi Amano was granted permission to retrieve a limited number of these praised stones adding to his impressive collection of hardscape materials.

    Fast forward to today and Jeff Senske has recently received 7 stones from Takashi for his own aquascape–a gift of massive proportions within the aquatic world! Takashi’s only request was that he fly to Japan and pick them out himself. Back in June Jeff wrote:

    “The surreal experience of standing in Amano’s massive spread of this ultimate stone was something I’ll never forget. I was a more than a little nerve-racking too because he stood there and watched me. He had to approve whatever I chose along the lines of “not taking anything¬†too primo”, I think. I made pretty conservative choices, not taking the very best rocks I could have, out of respect for the opportunity mostly.”

    The result can be seen in the video shown here. If aquarists can appreciate and understand some of the aesthetic principles applied to Iwagumi, we here at GBD strongly believe your personal aquascapes will benefit. Hats off to Jeff and ADG.

    One Comment

    1. Andbigdaddy2
      September 2, 2010 at 12:50 AM | Permalink

      Any suggestions on some planted tank videos that explain the process from start to finish. I have many questions about what the different powders where that he used for the soil why its used the filtration etc. thanks in advance.

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