The Most Beautiful Freshwater Aquariums in the World (21 pictures)

Since 2001, the International Aquatic Plant Layout Contest (IAPLC) has been the largest planted aquarium design competition in the world. Hobbyists from all over the globe enter their aquariums in hopes of winning the grand prize of 1 million Yen (approx. $12K USD).

However, more important than the monetary reward is the global ranking granted to each contestant. With over 1,819 applications from 55 countries, the competition is fierce. Below you will find highlights of the top freshwater aquariums in 2013

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