Beside the obvious sense of achievement, satisfaction and relaxation that is derived from creating a successful aquascape, I believe there are many other benefits that come out of such an undertaking that aren’t as obvious. Some benefits that I have personally realized: Greater appreciation of nature Creating these scapes and incorporating rock, wood, plants, fish one can appreciate all that nature has to offer. From the smallest twig to the largest of trees, it’s easier to appreciate the beauty of each in its respective space. Overcoming of obstacles One will inevitably be confronted with a problem that will have to be overcome to achieve the aquascape invisioned. To overcome and find success can only help with life’s obstacles in general. Patience Ones sense of patience can only be extended through the art of aquascaping as this virtue is needed in large quantities as we watch and wait for the scape to develop over time. Restraint The ability to hold back, when tempted to add more plants, fish that might ruin the balance of the scape and/or water quality. In addition, I've gotten comments how good my front yard landscaping looks B-) These are just some of my personal thoughts. I'd like to hear of other benefits you might have experienced through this art form.