Research conducted by Aquatics specialists Finest Filters has found that Aquascaping is quickly becoming the UK’s latest..
The brand found that searches for Aquascaping jumped by 233% in 2021 so far and climbing. Popular searches include “Aquascaping UK” “Aquascaping for Beginners” and “Aquascaping Ideas”.
What is Aquascaping?
Aquascaping is the art of creating an underwater garden in an aquarium. But it’s not just about putting in a few cute castles or plastic trees – it’s an art form. At its heart, Aquascaping is about blending natural elements to create a dynamic underwater masterpiece. ‘Aquascapers’ are always looking to create the perfect aesthetic. Popular designs range from simple driftwood layouts to luscious overgrown ruins and majestic underwater jungles. The variety of fish is even more staggering – popular fish chosen by aquascapers can influence the vibe of the piece, from fiery Ember Tetras to subtly elegant and majestic Bettas. The combinations are truly endless.
Social Media Boom
And so far, It’s taken the world of social media by storm. Instagram has 21.8 million hashtags associated with Aquascaping. Over on Tik Tok, the hashtag #Aquascape has more than 122.9M views whilst #Aquascaping has 55M – and counting.
Popular Aquascapers such as @aquascapingamsterdam and @discoverscapesuk often give ‘tank tours’, showcasing stunning beautiful underwater visuals accompanied by low-fi chill hop tracks. And comment sections are flooded by fans trading tips and or those binge-scrolling as way to relax.
Adam Green, Marketing Director at Finest Filters believes the craze’s popularity is down to people’s desire to relax and add a touch of nature to their homes.
“If lockdowns have taught us anything, it’s that nature is really important for our mental health and wellbeing. People are looking for new and exciting ways to bring that into the home – which is causing a huge shift in the way we think about interior design and how itmakes us feel. We’ve seen an increase in customers who are looking to create a vibrant underwater landscape for their homes – particularly in living rooms and office spaces. And with the rise in biophilic office spaces, we’ve seen an uptick in companies who want to incorporate one into their offices to help employees relax during work hours.”
And it’s not just speculation. Research conducted by the University of Plymouth and the University of Exeter found that people who spent time watching fish swim experienced a noticeable reduction in blood pressure and heart rate. They also found that a higher volume and a greater variation of fish helped to hold people’s attention for longer and improve their mood.