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Artists Create Mesmerizing Miniature Worlds, All Within The Confines Of A Fish Tank

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Welcome to the world of aquascaping, an intricate "outsider" craft that involves arranging rocks, stones, wood and -- yes -- aquatic plants in wild, underwater designs. If you weren't aware of the fish-tank-bound art practice, we're happy to introduce you to its submerged wonders.

whisper of the pines

Whisper of the Pines

The following images come to us courtesy of the Russian and Eastern European artists who competed in last year's Planted Aquarium Design Contest. Transforming empty tanks into tiny, aquatic dreamscapes, the participants engage in a surprisingly beautiful mix of design -- part Ikebana, sculpture and landscaping. And, in case you need reminding, these minuscule imaginings take place under water.

The Planted Aquarium Design Contest 2013 jury chose a selection of winners worthy of a nearly $7,000 prize pool (based on composition, originality, grooming, viability, photo quality and general impression). The competition hosted a People's Choice Award as well. In other words, this is the real deal. Behold, a glimpse into the world of aquascaping that you never knew you were missing:

charm of light

Charm of Light

mini mountain range

Mini Mountain Range

morning forest

Morning Forest

wild west

Wild West

forgotten forest

Forgotten Forest

lost beach

Lost Beach

forest lair

Forest Lair

way to heaven

Way to Heaven

change of seasons

Change of Seasons

drowned forest

Drowned Forest

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