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Shining achievements

In 2023, Vietnamese aquascaping achieved brilliant results at international competitions. At the worlds largest aquarium contest - IAPLC (The International Aquatic Plants Layout Contest) IAPLC 2023 World Ranking Announcement - the Vietnamese team won the Bronze medal overall.

The Vietnamese team's "Grasp" made a strong impression on the judges and audience with its creative and unique design.

At the KIAC - Korea International Aquascaping Contest 2023 KIAC 2023 World Ranking Announcement, our team won gloriously with Grand Prize and Gold Prize. 

Takayuki Fukada san (famous scaper from Japan) said: When I saw this work, I felt that this was an unprecedented idea and that it might become one of the future trends in aquascape expression. Above all, the large piece driftwood that boldly assembled along the top of the tank, emphasizing its power and depth, attracts my attention. Another characteristic is that the space of the vanishing point is very narrow and delicately produced. The contrast between the strong shadows of big driftwood in the foreground and the delicate highlights of vanishing point determines the impression of this work. The planting is a little monotonous and should be improved, but there is no doubt that it is a very impressive and amazing work.


It is a layout that combines very unique and characteristic stones with a bold composition. What impressed me was not only the use of unique stones, but also the perfect alignment of the stones flow from left side to right side. If you look more carefully, you can see that the streaks of the stone also follow the overall flow. The planting, which is mainly green, also matches well with the contrast with the color tone of the stone and makes us feel the skill of the author. However, the red lotus nympha planted in the foreground, which was obviously planted later, may give different opinions to those who see it.

At the IIAC 2023 World Ranking Announcement - ISTA International Aquascaping Contest 2023, our team continued to perform at a hight level, with the Gold and Silver Prize rankings 

Gold Prize - IIAC 2023 - Curves - Ant Long Tran Hoang / VietNam 

Silver Prize - IIAC 2023 - Fallen - Tran Duc Minh / VietNam

Honorable Mention - IIAC 2023 - Twilight - Pham Duc Manh/VietNam

Pride of the Vietnamese aquascaping community 

The achievements of Vietnamese aquascaping in 2023 are a great source of pride for the Vietnamese aquascaping community. They are a testament to the hard work and dedication of Vietnamese aquascapers in developing this art form.

These achievements have helped to raise the profile of Vietnamese aquascaping on the international stage, while also attracting the attention of people from Vietnam and around the world to this art form.

Potential for development


With its existing potential and advantages, Vietnamese aquascaping is sure to continue to develop and achieve even greater heights in the future. In addition, the Vietnamese aquascaping community is also growing and becoming stronger. This will create motivation and opportunities for Vietnamese aquascapers to learn and develop this art form.

Vietnamese aquascaping is on a strong growth trajectory and has achieved many outstanding achievements. This is a great joy for the Vietnamese aquascaping community and a positive sign for the future development of this art form.




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    The expression depicting an overhangling rack walll lis very powerful. The bold and wild composition helps express the water flowing from the rear right of the center to the left front, adding a sense of openness to the layout.
  • [TheStoriesOfTop7] The Forbidden Forest - Yoo Prayogi / Indonesia - IAPLC 2016

    The creator of this layout used fine driftwood pieces to express tree roots eroded by water. This expression is reminiscent of riverside or underwater of tropical rainforest waters. There were other layouts having similar design, however this work was remarkable with excellent expression of natural ambience.
  • [TheStoriesOfTop7] To my Friend in Heaven - Adriano Montoro Nicácio / Brazil - IAPLC 2016

    The composition of this layout is orthodox but the overall balance is excellent. The perspective is also very well expressed with stone and cosmetic sand. The arrangement of aquatic plants is appropriate. The perfection level of this aquascape is very high.
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    This is a novel and unconventional layout depicting a crack on the ground or a deep valley. It uses various species of aquatic plants, from mosses to stem plants, and its composition is very well formed. However, the light from underneath the tank may be 'excessive staging'.
  • [TheStoriesOfTop7] The Rest of the Dream - Junichi Itakura / Japan - IAPLC 2016

    The first Silver Prize winning work was highly rated for its high degree of perfection as a Nature Aquarium layout. Its stunning design embodied the ideal "aquascape" where aquatic plants and fish coexist in harmony.
  • [TheStoriesOfTop7] Dream - Wang Chao / China - IAPLC 2016

    This Gold Prize winning work is very meticulously created using many pieces of branch-like slim driftwood. The composition is highly novel and skillful. However, the rating varied by judges as it did not appear natural to some of them.
  • [TheStoriesOfTop7] Mighty Cave - Takayuki Fukada / Japan - IAPLC 2016

    Mr. Takayuki Fukada received the Grand Prize at IAPLC 2016. His layout was selected as Best Aquarium by three judges. Among the layouts reminiscent of a "spectacle" of eroded rocks which have been increasing these years, this layout reached a very high degree of perfection in terms of overall composition and the expression of natural feel in every detail. 
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  • [TheStoriesOfTop7] Mysterious World - Yong Liu / China - IAPLC 2015

    It's a very unique layout presenting a scene of driftwood branches entangling stones. The layout can be seen more like ancient remains left abandoned long ago and covered by plants than natural scenery.
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    The water flow running through the left front side from the right far corner is well expressed. A sense of depth created by driftwood is overemphasized, but the layout's balanced composition helps it create a powerful overall impression.
  • [TheStoriesOfTop7] Metempsychosis - Yi Ye / China - IAPLC 2015

    The creator emphasizes the perspective by designing a dynamic driftwood arrangement. Despite a roughly finished foreground, it's saved by dramatic composition and overall impression of the layout.
  • [TheStoriesOfTop7] Deep Nature - Paulo Vitor Pacheco / Brazil - IAPLC 2015

    The layout shows distinguishing methods of stone andi driftwood arrangement and use of cosmetic sand. It brings to mind a carefully calculated painting. Every detail is created with care and attention.
  • [TheStoriesOfTop7] Follow in - Yufan Yang / China - IAPLC 2015

    Placing driftwood as if they are tree roots hugging the ground, the layout is smartly composed and gives a good sense of depth. It has a quite high level of maturity for this type of aquascape.
  • [TheStoriesOfTop7] Hidden Land - Bowen Fan / China - IAPLC 2015

    The creator skillfully decides positioning of large, thick driftwood combining with slender branches to present a dramatic composition. The planting arrangement looks very natural.
  • [TheStoriesOfTop7] Longing - Takayuki Fukada / Japan - IAPLC 2015

    This particular layout has received the most attention among this year's entries, as selected by four contest judges as their Best Aquarium. Acclaimed for its unique and attractive water scenery, its dynamic composition using distinctive driftwood creates a great sense of perspective. Through delicate planting and arrangement it exudes a nature-like atmosphere. Stunning details, such as vines growing over and around trees and the plants spreading over the surface of the rock, present the image of a mysterious forest. The creator's use of cosmetic sand skillfully creates a natural sense of perspective and his choice of fish artfully matches the scenery of the composition, which are truly showcasing the quality of the layout.