NATURE IN THE GLASS ‘To the Innermost of Jungle’

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Thinking of a jungle expressed above water and underwater with Mizukusa Mist Wall 120

[To the Innermost of Jungle] In innermost parts of jungles where people are kept away, there might be a waterside world that has never been seen yet. I imagined such an unexplored world and expressed my own curiosity in this aquascape. Because the size of the aquarium tank is large in W120cm, a relatively large piece of driftwood was appropriately placed protruding to the above water. It may seem the volume of the above water section is slightly overwhelming. But the above water section and the underwater section are intertwined and kept well balance while some terrestrial plants take roots underwater or on the other hand, some stemmed plants develop leaves to the above water.
Shooting date: January 21st, 2020(ADA)
Creator: Kota Iwahori
Aquarium: Cube Garden W120×D50×H50(cm)
Lighting: Solar RGB x 2, turned on for 8.5 hours per day
Aquarium System: DOOA Mizukusa Mist Wall 120, DOOA Steel Cabinet for MIZUKUSA Mist Wall 120, Mistflow, Light Screen 120 W120×H50(cm)
Filter: Super Jet Filter ES-1200(Bio Rio L)
Filter for the wall: Super Jet Filter ES-600(Bio Rio M)
Substrate: Aqua Soil – Amazonia Ver.2, DOOA Tropical River Sand, Power Sand Advance M, Bacter100, Clear Super, Tourmaline BC
CO2: Pollen Glass Beetle 40Ø, 5 bubbles per second via CO2 Beetle Counter (using Tower)
Aeration: 15.5 hours after the light is turned off using Lily Pipe P-6
Additives: Brighty K, Green Brighty Mineral, Green Brighty Iron, Green Brighty Nitrogen
Water change: 1/3 once a week
Water quality: Temperature: 25ºC; pH: 6.8; TH: 20 mg/l

Hygrophila angustifolia
Hygrophila stricta
Ficus pumila var. quercifolia
Maxillaria coccinea
Bulbophyllum dayanum
Cryptocoryne spiralis
Anubias barteri var. glabra
Microsorum sp. ‘Trident’
Bolbitis heudelotii
Bolbitis sp. UK
Blechnum gibbum ‘Silver Lady’
Microgramma vaccinifolia
Wabi-Kusa Mat Vesicularia montagnei
Wabi-Kusa Mat Taxiphyllum sp. ‘Spiky Moss’
Wabi-Kusa Mat Taxiphyllum sp. ‘Peacock Moss’
Wabi-Kusa Mat Hygrophila pinnatifida
Wabi-Kusa Mat Philodendron sp. ‘Papua New Guinea’
Wabi-Kusa Mat Begonia lichenora
Lagenandra meeboldii ‘Green’
Lagenandra meeboldii ‘Vinay chandra’
Lagenandra keralensis
Pellionia repens
Jungle Plant Coelogyne fimbriata
Jungle Plant Neolauchea pulchella

Rasbora bankanensis
Rasbora hengeli
Puntius pentazona johorensis
Betta albimarginata
Sphaerichthys osphromenoides
Crossocheilus oblongus
Otocinclus sp.
Caridina multidentata

Scenes of a jungle with thriving plants created with Mizukusa Mist Wall and Terra Tape

In order to create a terrarium with terrestrial leaves of aquatic plants and epiphytes, ADA has produced products such as Wabi-Kusa Wall and System Terra 30. And the latest product is Mizukusa Mist Wall. With the Mizukusa Mist Wall, it has become possible to keep the appropriate humidity in the above water section and to install Mistflow creating a dramatic impact. And Terra Tape has been released to effectively draw water to the driftwood protruding to the above water. By combining these products with Jungle Plants and Wabi-Kusa Mat, scenes of jungles with luxuriant plants can be enjoyed.
Lagenandra to be cultivated on walls
Lagenandra meeboldii family lined up in the Jungle Plant series can be cultivated on a wall by attaching on mats.
Jungle Plants Lagenandra meeboldii ‘Vinay chandra
Shot on July 8th, 2019
A composition expressed the innermost of a jungle
A: Taking advantage of the undulated shape of the driftwood, the piece of driftwood were kept standing on their own instead of leaning them on the wall.
B: The overwhelming feeling is purposely created by developing the terrestrial plants toward the front, and the impression of a jungle is successfully expressed.
Wrap Terra Tape around the driftwood
Upright-stemmed ferns, Blechnum gibbum ‘Silver Lady’ firmly take roots by using Terra Tape. Viny ferns and epiphytic orchids can be cultivated as well.
DOOA Terra Tape
Philodendron sp. ‘Papua New Guinea’ is suitable for large walls
Hardy Philodendron sp. ‘Papua New Guinea’ tends to have volume, and it demonstrates its best characteristics especially on large walls. The long petioles are hidden by Lagenandra and Hygrophila pinnatifida.
Wabi-Kusa Mat  Philodendron sp. ‘Papua New Guinea’

Jungle layout changed with shapes and colors of leaves on Mizukusa Mist Wall

①Make changes with Lagenandra
Although there aren’t many red colored epiphytes, Lagenandra meeboldii ‘Red’ and Lagenandra meeboldii ‘Vinay chandra’ come in handy. A key point is to make a cluster with a few plants.
②Expression of ferns with an image of jungles
To make light reach underwater as well, Blechnum gibbum ‘Silver Lady’ was chosen because of the many cuts on the leaves. Blechnum gibbum ‘Silver Lady’ is one of hardy large ferns, and it matches my image of jungles.
③Make ups and downs on the wall
Because the driftwood is standing on its own, only plants have to be used in order to make ups and downs on the wall. Philodendron sp. ‘Papua New Guinea’ is placed as an accent, and Hygrophila pinnatifida is planted in a cluster.
④Expression in the underwater section of the layout
3 types of Lagenandra are planted underwater. They are highly shade tolerant and unlikely to melt compared to Cryptocoryne. However, because the impression was too dark, DOOA Tropical River Sand was used in the front area.
Leaf Patterns of Jungles
The innermost of a jungle is crowded with a wide variety of plants, and dense leaf patterns are created. Thinking of such a scene.