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Here we present tips and comments on how the newly debuted materials feel to use in an actual composition. The lineup features 5 types of stone and 2 types of wood, mostly of an easy-to-use size for a small (less-than W300mm) tank. Whether for creating a challenging stone arrangement or a new-world vista, these new materials overflow with possibilities, so why not try them yourself?
Its mostly light-grey, round riverstone impression, with depressions and straight grooves cutting into it at angles give it a violent and impressive look. While closely observing its many expressions, place it where it’s grooves are not perpendicular to the horizon.
With charachteristic wrinkles and white veins it is close to Ryuoh Stone, except it is light-grey all over and has a roundness to its angles. To express something like a karst plateau, make use of its grooves along with raising the earth bed in which you arrange it. You can express a landscape like the mountains of Guilin. Since it tends to enhance hardness, carefully choose the amount you use as well as your selection of aquatic plants.
Its indentations and color make it closely resemble Hakkai Stone, you will surely want to use it for Iwagumi Layout. It is a river stone and makes you feel the flow of water and time. Because it is so heavy, if you place it at any precarious angles it may be likely to slide in the soil or ruin your layout, so take care to determine a position which gives you both a good look and stability.
It has charachteristic mille-feulli like stacked layers, and mostly warm colors, though some may have a bluish tinge. Often they are block shaped, but you want to arrange them to show their unique surface. We recommend heaps of bedding and placing them in it where they create depth.
A unique stone with lava-like stratum and bumpyness, minerals sparkle from within its deep grey. Many are relatively small, so appropriate for disorderly piling or use with driftwood. Making use of their texture and stacking them up to look like a single body, like in the photo, is interesting but you will want to ensure there is plenty of planting space.
The debut of S size Slim Wood. It has a feel right between Horn Wood and Branch Wood. For a W300mm tank, aim for 3 to 5 Slim Wood S pieces. In this example, multiple pieces are assembled to look like old trunks. Use Teratape to stabilize it when using it in unstable positions.

Small branches of 5 to 10mm thickness, a variety of undulating and branching pieces. Useful to add to stones or driftwood for a detailed expression of entwined, creeping roots. You can use a random sample with all thicknesses to stage a natural feel. Instant adhesive can be convenient to fix them in place.