Hardscape consists of the rocks, wood, gravel, sand or other non-plant layout material used in your aquarium.  It is arguably the most important aspect of an aquascape, laying the foundation and acting as the bones to your Nature System.  This is why the materials used for creating a successful hardscape layout need to be considered and take time to procure.  Since we are dealing with natural materials collected from the Earth, no piece is made the same.  Each piece of rock and every stick of wood has been carefully collected and meticulously inspected to ensure its viability in an aquascape.  I guess you can say we leave no stone unturned.


Seriyu Stone

Ah, the pinnacle of aquascaping stones.

Seiryu stone is undoubtedly one of the most popular hardscape materials commonly used in creating natural looking aquariums.  The jagged surfaces of endless details within these grey and white stones allow any user to easily create that mountainous Iwagumi or nature style river creek.  No other rock is as beautiful or versatile, with every side of each piece painting a different story.

Manten Stone | Ancient Stone

The Japanese call it Manten Stone.  The Europeans call it Ancient Stone.  We call it a masterpiece in every rock.

This type of aquascaping stone is carefully curated with dramatic patterns by Mother Earth after millions of years of erosion and formation.  Although it was made popular and sold as Manten Stone from the high elevations of remote mountains in Japan, similar formations can be found in mountain ranges throughout the world.   Different pieces come in an array of earthy tones and the overall feel of this stone can create a vivid sense of realism within your aquarium.


We chose to go with three types of stones; Seiryu, Manten/Ancient and Ohko/Dragon stone.  These rocks are the most sought after aquascaping stones, made popular by their versatility and ease of use.  When used in accordance with the rule of thirds, anyone can achieve a natural looking mountain or river scene worthy of a National Geography magazine cover.

Ohko Dragon Stone

The texture of the rock gives the perfect pocket for attaching some moss or anubias nana petites.

Ohko, also known as Dragon Stone is a well-recognized hardscape rock named after it’s scale-like surface texture.  Color can range from an earthy tan to a greenish brown hue.  This rare and unique rock is speckled throughout with craters and crevices, each one with its own chaotic design.  It’s popularity and demand can be attributed not only to it’s unique beauty but also its ease of use.  The rock’s composition is similar to that of hardened clay which makes it light weight and brittle compared to the average rock in your backyard.  This makes it very easy to work with since larger pieces can be broken down with chisel and hammer to fit your layout.  Check out a tutorial video made by Buce Plant here.


Spiderwood is the natural root of the water Azalea plant frequently used in aquascapes and terrariums.

The intricate root system of the Azalea plant makes for a perfect addition to an aquascape when trying to mimic a submerged forest or river bank.  Spiderwood is so versatile in its ability to paint different scenarios simply playing with the arrangement.  Tie some moss to the tips and anchor it with Seiryu stones to instantly create a bonsai tree or tangle multiple pieces into the substrate to imitate the submerged roots of tree on a flooded riverbank.  The possibilities are endless, but our inventory levels are not.