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The largest scale planted aquarium has been scaped and filled with an international team on hand.


The Largest Nature Aquarium Project in History

In May, 2013, one Nature Aquarium project at the Lisbon Oceanarium (Oceanario de Lisboa) was singed off. It is about the world's largest aquarium in history, produced by Takashi Amano. The actual size of the tank is 40m! It is hard to imagine but definitely unprecedented project ever, which is also a challenge for Amano himself. The offer came in from the Lisbon Oceanarium to create Amano's 40m Nature Aquarium as a main renovated aquarium to exhibit, opening in spring 2015. Although the Lisbon Oceanarium vies to have one of the top-class size aquariums in Europe, it is their first time to show a planted aquarium.
The director, Mr. Joan Falcato has been a huge fan of Amano since he saw "Glass no Naka no Daishizen", the Amano's representative book, and it was his dream come true to collaborate with Amano. Mr. Falcato is passionately eager to blend art and environment of tropical freshwater tank and furthermore, convey the Japanese culture. With rising awareness of environmental issues, Nature Aquarium, recreating nature, attracts a lot more attention in Europe year by year.
And this is how the project is born. Toward the grand opening after renovation in spring 2015, the largest project in history has begun!

Oceanario de Lisboa

The area offered by the Lisbon Oceanarium is 600m2. How does he use the 600m2?
"I want to take full advantage of this size and create a space enclosed by an aquascape" - Amano states. That's where the U-shape 40m tank came from.

In May 2013, as soon as coming back from Portugal, he instructed his staff to make a model of the tank. The problem was the 4 columns in the space. For the Nature Aquarium, the columns in the tank are nothing but obstacles, so that it needs to be simulated as early as possible. Amano started developing an idea with staff as repeating the layout planning and simulation.

The reason why it was extremely time-consuming process is not only the 4-column problem, but the consideration of lighting and its ultimate long-term maintenance procedure. The aquarium size turned out to be 40m long, 1.5m water depth and 2.5m depth with the capacity of 170t of water. As considering all those facts, it wasn't easy to make a decision even for Amano. A dynamic layout making people feel as if they are in the middle of the native aquatic environment. In order to make the image real, he draws up the plan step by step carefully but unfailingly based on his experience.

As we have reported a couple of times about The Largest Nature Aquarium Project in History at Oceanario de Lisboa in Portugal, the layout will finally be created on site by Takashi Amano in the end of this month.
Many thanks for aquarists in Japan, which we have been asking to donate aquatic plants for this project, we are now wrapping up the final treatment and preparation for those plants to send. We are also very looking forward to success of this project.

16th Jan
Today we would like to introduce a little episode from the project.
A few months ago, Oceanario de Lisboa had been waiting Amano s layout plan as
the facility construction date was ticking down. It was even difficult for
masterful Amano how the four columns in the tank could be covered by the layout.
In addition, it is necessary to consider the maintenance aspect after creating
the whole layout. Through a trial and error process, Amano finally proposed
the next generation of natural environmental model, an expansive and massive
freshwater aquarium. It is such a new and thrilling content of exhibition
including the environmental awareness.

The World's Largest Project of Nature Aquarium
Left for Lisbon, Portugal!

The world s largest project of the 40m Nature Aquarium in history started
with the request from Oceanario de Lisboa, as you might have seen some
updates in Aqua Journal in the last couple of months. In the early morning of
January 27, Takashi Amano and some selected ADA staff have finally left for
Lisbon, Portugal! Some Japanese media also talk about this news.

How will Amano create the world of aquascape in this massive aquarium?
Don t miss out.

The oceanarium has always been a place worth visiting but now, its a hobby must see.

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