ADA Review ‘Expressing your imaginations’

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The fun of creating planted aquarium layouts is how well you can express your imaginations in your mind. First, start by choosing aquatic plants that fit your imaginations that you would like to express.


Expressing  Splendor

Creating brightness
There is a wide variety of stem plants from bright green to eye-catching red, and they have the power to change impressions of aquascapes significantly. Additionally, by mixing a few of them together, aquascapes can get more gorgeous.
BIO Mizukusa no Mori Hemianthus micranthemoides / BIO Mizukusa no Mori Rotala sp. Hra / BIO Mizukusa no Mori Rotala nanjean

Expressing Magnificence

Image of an endless grassland
The way all green Eleocharis acicularis that flutters with the flow of water, reminds us of a vast grassland fluttering in the wind. When looking at an Iwagumi layout with only Eleocharis parvula, it feels like we are looking at a spectacular panoramic view.
BIO Mizukusa no Mori Eleocharis parvula

Expressing  Magical

Creating a mystical scene with glowing air bubbles
With bright green Riccia that develops leaves with Y shaped tips, oxygen bubbles by photosynthesis can be observed. The way Riccia has the air bubbles is the Riccia’s charm. Somehow, it gives a mystical impression to an aquascape.
BIO Mizukusa no Mori Riccia fluitans

Expressing Cuteness

Fairy tale like lush beauty
When adding an accent as a secondary point to an aquascape, its cute appearance stands out. Its distinctive shape and the way it grows are interesting unlike other aquatic plants. The way it grows lushly in a cluster looks charming.
BIO Mizukusa no Mori Hydrocotyle verticillata

Expressing Flow of Time

Creating the flow of eternal time
Taxiphyllum barbieri plays a role in expressions like driftwood and stones existing for a long period of time. And it helps create a natural feeling with moss, and it makes viewers feel the flow of time. Changing elements at this time also lead to the feeling of Wabi-Sabi that Japanese people cherish.
BIO Mizukusa no Mori Taxiphyllum barbieri / Moss Bag Taxiphyllum barbieri

Expressing Wildness

Shadow like existence that connects the foreground and background
The way Lagenandra and Cryptocoryne flourish near the driftwood overlaps with a powerful wild look. They are often planted in relatively dark places in an aquarium tank, and they are essential when creating shadowy parts.
BIO Mizukusa no Mori Lagenandra keralensis / BIO Mizukusa no Mori Lagenandra meeboldii ‘Red’

Expressing Refreshing

Swayed by the flow, and fluttering refreshingly
Long Eleocharis vivipara swayed by the flow of water gives a refreshing impression. Depending on how you treat small plants developed at the tips of the leaves, it can be said that it is an aquatic plant suitable for the background because it is easy to adjust the density and to recreate an imagination in your mind.
BIO Mizukusa no Mori Eleocharis vivipara

Expressing Grace

Elegant presence of a leading role
Echinodorus has both presence and beauty with leaf veins running on the clear leaves, and some even have red gradations. It also gives a unique South American atmosphere.
Jungle Plants Echinodorus Joyo ‘Red Star / Jungle Plants Echinodorus major / Jungle Plants Echinodorus Red Rubin

Expressing Mystical

Mysterious wonders of evolutions
This one of a kind unique leaf shape attracts people’s eyes. Because of the uniqueness, it is difficult to make use of it in a layout. But if you can master it, it becomes a new appeal for planted aquarium layouts.
(Available only in a set / To be released this summer)