Each year an intense competition is held that you’ve never heard of — the International Aquatic Plants Layout Contest. The highly competitive event is typically led by participants from Eastern Europe and Asia who vie to create the world’s best aquarium…

Whisper of the Pines, Serkan Cetinkol

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Pilgrimage, Shintaro Matsui

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These aquariums are meticulously assembled over the course of months or even years and are incredibly expensive to grow and maintain. Additionally, competitors need to be experts in various areas, including biology, design, and photography. In many cases, fish aren’t even part of the aquarium, though they can be seen in a few instances.

If spending several hours a week trimming moss is up your alley, here’s some inspiration to get you started…

Stairway to Heaven, Timucin Sagel

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Forest Scent, Pavel Bautin

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Pale Wind, Takayuki Fukada

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Verve!, Chow Wai Sun

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Way to Heaven, Dmitriy Parshin

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Wild West, Stjepan Erdeljić

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Untitled, Georgi Chaushev

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Untitled, Francisco Wu

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Untitled, Long Tran Hoang

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Spirit of the Rain Forest, AJ Judy Prajitno Putra

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Magic Forest, Chan Shih Hsien

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After the Rain in Mountain, Katsuki Tanaka

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Moment in Time, Nguyen Tien Dung

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Ups and Downs, Nguyenthi Xuanthuy

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The Late October, Piotr Beczynski

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The Virgin Stream, Piotr Dymowski

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Green Paradise, Quan Nguyen Minh-Green

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Reaching, Robertus Hartono

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Titiwangsa, Wei Cheong Chung

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