NATURE IN THE GLASS ‘Gentle Scenery with Stones’

NATURE IN THE GLASS ‘Gentle Scenery with Stones’

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An aquascape with a cool sensation,
Using bright and colorful aquatic plants

An IWAGUMI layout in a W60cm aquarium tank based on standard SANZON IWAGUMI, a group of 3 stones. Because it becomes harder to find main stones with appropriate size and shape for relatively large aquarium tanks such as W90cm and W120cm, W60cm aquarium tanks are highly recommended for those who want to start IWAGUMI layouts. I aimed to create a bright and refreshing aquascape by planting stemmed plants and colorful aquatic plants against cool colored and sharp looking Ryuoh Stones for this layout. As planned, the tense feeling of Ryuoh Stones is relieved by the aquatic plants. The IWAGUMI aquascape has a gentle impression.
Shooting Date: May 10, 2019 (ADA)
Creator: Naru Uchida
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: Unzan Stone, Branch Wood
Substrate: Aqua Soil Amazonia, Aqua Soil Amazionia Powder, Power Sand Advance S, Bacter 100, Clear Super, Tourmaline BC
CO2: Pollen Glass, 3 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, Green Brighty Iron, ECA Plus
Water change: 1/3 once a week
Water quality: Temperature: 25ºC; pH: 6.8; TH: 50 mg/l

Rotala nanjean
Rotala sp. Hra
Ludwigia arcuata
Hydrocotyle tripartita
Hemianthus callitrichoides ‘Cuba’
Hemianthus micranthemoides

Poecilia reticulata var.
Otocinclus sp.
Caridina multidentata
A key point for arranging Ryuoh Stones
Some Ryuoh Stones have white stripes. For this time, to differentiate the main stone on the right from the others, stones with white stripes were placed on the left. When arranging stones, finding a good side (face of stone) is important. The stones will eventually be covered with aquatic plants, and their impression will be soften. So the key point for arranging Ryuoh Stones is to estimate the effect of aquatic plants and to place them slightly emphasized in the beginning.
①Planting a scree
A scree of small stones plays a role of a soil retainer effectively preventing soil from sliding down. Although a space for planting become rather small, it is easier to plant Hemianthus callitrichoides ‘Cuba’ because of its tiny leaves. Because Hemianthus family is a perfect match for Ryuoh Stones, I was able to grow them densely without much trouble.
②Easy to plant densely BIO Mizukusa No Mori
Stemmed plants planted in the background are BIO Mizukusa No Mori. It is easy to plant densely with a pair of tweezers because they come with so much in a compact form. Even at the setting up stage, the density becomes quite high as if it has been trimmed repeatedly.