Takashi Amano has passed away at age of 61
Takashi Amano, the famous aquariumscaper and nature aquarium artist has passed way at the age of 61 from pneumonia at his house in Niigata, Japan.
Takashi Amano (天野尚), born July 18, 1954 – August 4, 2015) was a photographer, designer and aquarist. His interest in aquaria led him to create the Japanese company Aqua Design Amano.
Amano is the author of Nature Aquarium World (TFH Publications, 1994), a three-book series on aquascaping and freshwater aquarium plants and fish. He has also published the book “Aquarium Plant Paradise” (T.F.H. Publications, 1997).
A species of freshwater shrimp is named the “Amano shrimp” or “Yamato shrimp” (Caridina multidentata; previously Caridina japonica) after him. After discovering this species’ ability to eat large quantities of algae, Amano asked a local distributor to special order several thousand of them. They have since become a staple in the freshwater planted aquarium hobby.
He also developed a line of aquarium components that are known as ADA, and his “Nature Aquarium” article series appears monthly in both Practical Fishkeeping magazine in the UK, and Tropical Fish Hobbyist magazine in the US.
His lastest great work is at the Oceanário de Lisboa in Portugal where he created the largest Nature Aquarium in the world.
We’ll remember Amano as a great lover of the underwater world and the founding father of the Nature Aquarium.