3 points for enjoying Anubias in Nature Aquarium and Paludarium

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3 points for enjoying Anubias in Nature Aquarium and Paludarium

Nature Aquarium and Paludarium, even if the world you are expressing changes, the process of learning from nature is the same. Let’s compare what we can feel and think through the 2 different scenery from 3 points such as “Composition”, “Aquatic Plant” and “Motion”.

COMPOSITION -Nature Aquarium-

Unzan Stones arranged dynamically are reminiscent of steep cliffs.
Be conscious of water flow
Although we often get inspirations from underwater scenes of rivers for Nature Aquarium, it is important to create a composition while being conscious of the water flow. Especially when using large stones, be mindful because it will affect the water flow. Also, in consideration of the maintenance aspect, by securely fixing driftwood and stones not to move around, the long-term maintenance can be performed easily.

COMPOSITION -Paludarium-

The driftwood and stones arranged boldly make us feel the strength of nature.
Be conscious of vertical direction
Paludarium often reminds us of a dense tropical jungle, and it works great when being conscious of vertical direction. For that reason, the height of the System Paluda tank is slightly high at 45cm, and pieces of driftwood were arranged standing in this layout. The composition was created in a way that the base of the driftwood was securely fixed with stones. It is important to think about hollows and shapes of driftwood that make it easy to fix Anubias while deciding a stable composition structure.

MIZUKUSA -Nature Aquarium-

Once the water quality stabilizes, beautiful leaves can be enjoyed.
The beauty of robust aquatic leaves
The general impression of aquatic plants is probably soft as swaying gently in the water. Aquatic leaves of Anubias are not so different from its terrestrial leaves, and it slowly unfolds hard leaves. The downside is that it is easy for algae to grow on Anubias only because of the slow growth. It becomes easier for Anubias to take root if paying attention to the water quality maintenance and firmly fixing the plant after deciding on the position so that it doesn’t move around.

MIZUKUSA -Paludarium-

The beautiful leaf surfaces look glossy in the light of Paluda Light 60.
The beauty of wet and shiny terrestrial leaves
The reason why leaves of Anubias are hard is because it might have been an evolution to survive the harsh natural environment such as ultraviolet rays and dry climate. I think that Paludarium might be more suitable for Anubias in order to feel the charms of its leaves. The beautiful surfaces of Anubias leaves that are wet with mist and shine blue in the light of Paluda Light 60, have charms that cannot be enjoyed in aquarium.

MOTION -Nature Aquarium-

Fish also has a role to give movements to the view of an aquascape.
Biotope-like fish selection
The star of Nature Aquarium is fish, and fish not only give movements to aquascapes, but make us feel the brilliance of life even more. If choosing fish native to Africa where Anubias is originally from for an Anubias-based aquascape, an African river atmosphere can be effectively created. The rare underwater scene clearly makes us feel the preciousness of the natural ecosystem.

MOTION -Paludarium-

The mist drifting in the air gives a movement to the layout, and creates a fog-filled ambiance.
Jungle rhythm by mist
In Paludarium, the flow of mist generated by Mistflow gives dynamic visual effects. Not only does it moisturize plants well, but also it will change the scenery to something elegant as time passes. Although Paludarium that is mainly composed of tropical plants has less visual movements, it seems to have a lot of stories for our imaginary scenery.