THE GOLDEN RULES OF NATURE AQUARIUMS
• 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.