NATURE IN THE GLASS ‘Forgotten World’

NATURE IN THE GLASS ‘Forgotten World’

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Jurassic aquascape with an image of ancient global ecosystem

In Nature Aquarium, it is common to create layouts inspired by natural sceneries such as mountains, rivers, and oceans. However, for this time, I thought about expressing ‘Period’ in a planted aquarium. The themed period is the Jurassic period. I tried to create a layout imagining Earth with massive ferns growing thickly, and dinosaurs walking around in ancient times. Of course, we can see those sceneries of the Jurassic period only on fantasy pictures or movies presumed from fossils. Composition materials, aquatic plants and fish I selected for the layout are absolutely based on my imagination. But if people could feel the ancient “Forgotten World” when seeing the layout, I think this layout is successful.
The cracked red earth, and an arch held with a fallen tree with exquisite balance. Strange fish swimming in the planted aquarium with such an ancient atmosphere.
Shooting Date: June 6, 2019 (ADA)
Creator: Daisuke Inoue
Aquarium: Cube Garden W60×D30×H36(cm)
Lighting: Solar RGB x 1, turned on for 8.5 hours per day
Filter: Super Jet Filter ES-600(Bio Rio)
Material: Kei Stone, Horn Wood
Substrate: Aqua Soil Amazonia II, Colorado Sand, Power Sand Advance S, Bacter 100, Clear Super, Tourmaline BC
CO2: Pollen Glass TYPE-3, 2 bubbles per second via CO2 Bubble Counter (using Tower)
Aeration: 15.5 hours after the light is turned off using Lily Pipe P-2
Additives: Green Brighty Neutral K, Green Brighty Mineral, Green Brighty Nitrogen
Water change: 1/3 once a week
Water quality: Temperature: 25ºC; pH: 6.8; TH: 50 mg/l

Wabi-Kusa Ranunculus inundatus
Bio Mizukusa No Mori Cryptocoryne wendtii ‘Green gecko’
Bio Mizukusa No Mori Cryptocoryne wendtii ‘Tropica’
Bio Mizukusa No Mori Anubias barteri ver. ‘Coffeefolia’
Potamogeton inbaensis
Potamogeton gayi
Bolbitis heudelotii
Fissidens fontanus
Taxiphyllum barbieri

Ctenops nobilis
Parambassis ranga
Nannostomus eques
Trichopsis pumila
Hyalobagrus ornatus
Characidium sp.
Serpenticobitis cingulata
Crossocheilus oblongus
Otocinclus sp.
Caridina multidentata

Emphasizing an ancient atmosphere,
Selecting aquatic plants, composition materials and fish,
Expressing an image of the Jurassic period

Anubias barteri var. ‘Coffeefolia’
Anubias barteri var. ‘Coffeefolia’
Plant Anubias barteri var. ‘Coffeefolia’ in addition to classic sciophytes such as ferns and moss. Anubias barteri var. ‘Coffeefolia’ is not so common to use for layouts, but it looks great as an accent here.
Ranunculus inundatus
Ranunculus inundatus
Ranunculus inundatus has uniquely shaped leaves, and gives a strong impression. By planting
unusual aquatic plants for a layout, I was able to express an unfamiliar world =an unknown period.
Horn Wood
Expressing the passage of time
Select a worn-out Horn Wood instead of a new one. Because it has been exposed to rain and wind for many years, the faded atmosphere gives an impression of the passage of time.
Kei Stone
Expressing ground fissures
For stones holding the driftwood, I selected Kei Stones creating an atmosphere almost as if fossils could be indeed excavated. By placing flat Kei Stones on top of cosmetic sands, ground fissures were well portrayed.
Parambassis ranga / Nannostomus eques
“Strange” is the theme for fish
Fish with a strange atmosphere based on appearance and movement, such as bizarre looking fish or fish with distinctive ways of swimming are selected for the layout. It is suggestive of another period.