THE GOLDEN RULES OF NA­TURE AQUAR­I­UMS

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• Rule of Thirds: When de­sign­ing an aquar­ium, vi­su­al­ize the tank in sec­tions of three—both hor­i­zon­tally and ver­ti­cally—and place a fo­cal point in one in­ter­sec­tion.

• In ike­bana (tra­di­tional Ja­panese flower ar­range­ment), flow­ers are po­si­tioned ac­cord­ing to three heights, each rep­re­sent­ing God, Earth, and Man. A Na­ture Aquar­ium lay­out can also be de­signed in terms of back­ground, midground, and fore­ground.

• Wabi-sabi: De­rived from Zen Bud­dhism teach­ings, this Ja­panese aes­thetic is cen­tered on the beauty of tran­sience and im­per­fec­tion. Ob­jects of art must re­flect these im­per­fec­tions, and al­low for the quiet con­tem­pla­tion thereof.

The founders of ADA Na­ture Aquar­ium Philip­pines, fa­ther and son Joseph Uy, Jr. and Justin Uy, have both trained with Takashi Amano.

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