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Evaluating ADA staff’s aquascapes based on the IAPLC standard!

Once again, ADA held the ADA Aquatic Plant Layout Contest within the company with the same schedule as the IAPLC, and the same judging methods and criteria this year! Besides the SUIKEI Creators active in this magazine, a lot of ADA staff enjoy the planted aquarium hobby at home regardless of department. Many ADA staff participated and competed for their aquascapes and skills. Please check out the results.


ADA Ranking 001  Yusuke Homma

Japan / Full of Joy
Aquarium Size   W120×D45×H45(cm)

Glossostigma elatinoides
Eleocharis acicularis
Helanthium tenellum
Sagittaria graminea
Tonina fluviatilis
Echinodorus opacus
Cyperus helferi
Vallisneria spiralis
Nymphaea lotus
Nymphoides indica
Marsilea quadrifolia
Potamogeton gayi
Hydrocotyle tripartita
Ludwigia glandulosa
Ludwigia brevipes
Aponogeton longiplumulosus

Melanotaenia boesemani
Xiphophorus hellerii
Poecilia wingel var.
Otocinclus sp.
Crossocheilus atrilimes
Caridina multidentata

Yusuke Homma (Nature Creation Department)

The theme for this aquascape is joy. I created the aquascape while imagining how fish lively express their joy of life with their bodies and a peaceful space where colorful aquatic plants freely grow. I kept the composition subtle, and made the underwater like a bush, and designed the water surface with floating leaves. What I wished more than anything especially this time was that if this aquascape in my living room can give a joy to my family and become a sign for small life. As smartphones are wide-spread, children have less chances to experience nature. I really hope that Nature Aquarium will become a new culture and develop even more to share the excitement of life with children at home.


ADA Ranking 002 Takuro Sato

Japan / Green Breeze
Aquarium Size   W60×D45×H36(cm)

Hemianthus callitrichoides ‘Cuba’
Micranthemum sp.
Hydrocotyle tripartita
Eleocharis parvula
Echinodorus tenellus var. broad

Hyphessobrycon elachys

Takuro Sato (Sales Department Div. I)

I created this layout while imagining a pleasant feeling of Summer Mountains, and the Hyphessobrycon elachys swimming in the layout created a feeling of breeze blowing through the mountains. I incorporated a composition of mountain photography, and consciously placed stones in a way that the stones in the back look like a range of mountains. I created a layout in an aquarium tank with new size this year. However, I couldn’t really take advantage of the depth. I’m going to try my best to create a layout that can make the best use of the aquarium tank size in the future.


ADA Ranking 003  Ryuji Ogawa

Japan / Colors of Path at the Emergent Wetland
Aquarium Size   W90×D45×H45(cm)

Hydrocotyle tripartita ‘Mini’
Micranthemum sp.
Hemianthus micranthemoides
Rotala rotundifolia ‘Green’
Rotala rotundifolia
Rotala sp. Hra
Rotala rotundifolia ‘Fujian’
Ludwigia arcuate
Ludwigia sp.
Ludwigia ovaris
Ludwigia glandulosa
Hygrophila polysperma
Echinodorus tenellus var. broad
Cryptocoryne lucens
Vallisneria nana
Bolbitis heudelotii
Vesicularia montagnei
Riccardia chamedryfolia

Trigonostigma espei
Otocinclus sp.
Hisonotus leucofrenatus
Crossocheilus atrilimes
Caridina multidentata
Neocaridina denticulate
Clithon retropictum

Ryuji Ogawa (Research & Development Div. I)

I created this layout while thinking what kind of scenery are spread out if diving in an emergent wetland where many colorful aquatic plants luxuriant. I was hoping to express the power of aquatic plants growing thick between driftwood and stones. I planted my favorite plant, Ludwigia including Ludwigia ovaris as a main plant, and did the maintenance work while looking forward to seeing how they grow. I would like improve the accuracy of small details and complete a beautiful aquascape in the future.