Enjoy DOOA ‘Soothing Paludarium expressing Wabi-Sabi with old driftwood and moss’

Yusuke HommaYusuke Homma
When it comes to Paludarium, a tropical jungle like atmosphere is often recreated. However, I tried to create a layout with a calming Wabi-Sabi feeling this time. What I refer to was scenery where I visited in the past for a photoshoot, and the aspect of deep green moss and various plants co-exist on decayed trees and thin soil was impressive. In order to express the aspect of decaying trees, I chose a piece of decaying driftwood as a composition material. Moss is growing nicely on the driftwood because the humidity has been kept high with the System Paluda, and it gives a relaxing and soothing time which is different form Aquarium.
DOOA Paluda Light 60
DOOA System Paluda 60  W60×D30×H45(cm)
DOOA Mistflow
DOOA Mistflow Cap
DOOA Circulation Fan 40
Metal Cabinet 60 (Black)
Power Cord S-70
Colorado Sand
Kei Stone
DOOA Jungle Soil
DOOA Jungle Base
DOOA Wabi-Kusa Mist

Pellionia daveauana
Ficus Pumila var. Quercifolia
Jungle Plant Mediocalcar decoratum ‘Orange’
Wabi-Kusa Mat Riccardia chamedryfolia
Wabi-Kusa Mat Vesicularia montagnei
Wabi-Kusa Mat Taxiphyllum sp. ‘Peacock Moss’

Shooting date: May 20th, 2020(ADA)
Creator: Yusuke Homma

Calming ambiance by narrowing down the types of plants for expressing Wabi-Sabi

In general Paludarium, tropical plants with flashy impression are frequently used. But, because I wanted to create a calming ambiance for this layout, I kept plants not so flashy, but rather simple. As for moss, by mixing a few types of moss, atmosphere that is even more natural is successfully created. Cosmetic sand and stones are used for the foreground to express Wabi-Sabi, and moss is attached there this time. This way of expression is adopted from Nature Aquarium and is a key point for the layout.
Overall composition and placements of plants
As imagining an eternal forest created over time, the part with moss is extended. By keeping a large open space, a spare space is secured for plants to develop.
Ficus pumila var. Quercifolia
Although it is very similar to Ficus thunbergii, it is treated as a variant of Ficus pumila.
It grows like ivy, and its growth environment is quite wide. It is easy to handle as well.
 Selaginella sp.
As illuminated by Paluda Light 60, Selaginella sp. from Malaysia shows subdued red color. It grows like Selaginella picta of the same genus.
Jungle Plant Mediocalcar decoratum ‘Orange’
It is a type of orchids that is easy to introduce to your first Paludarium. It is originally from New Guinea and develops many pretty flowers in orange.
Pellionia daveauana
It can play a wide range of roles from covering the ground to wall. Because it grows fast, trim it appropriately when it’s grown.
A type of epiphytic ferns
In a tropical cloud forest, ferns attached to tree trunks and rocks are often seen. Even if it’s not noticeable, it is essential to create a realistic feeling.
By planting a mix of a few different mosses, natural profoundness can be expressed. The appearance of delicate leaves of Thuidium is fun to see even from a macro point view.
Wabi-Kusa Mat Riccardia chamedryfolia
I chose Riccardia chamedryfolia while thinking of waterside. It is likely to develop horizontally, and the wet moss green color looks beautiful.