NATURE IN THE GLASS ‘Circle of Water’ PART 1

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Aqua Terrarium
having the above water section as a main focus
under the theme of water circulation

[Circle of Water] Water, it is an extremely familiar being for us, aquarists. It is essential for all the living creatures on earth including human beings. Water in nature never stays in one place, and it constantly circulates throughout the environment in many ways. The water we are seeing is only an instant. This layout was created with a concept of expressing such water circulation with a connection between above water and underwater. For the above water section, a variety of moss was mainly planted combined with Jungle Plants such as small orchids and Begonia, and Lagenandra and Becephalandra were planted at the waterside. To prevent the underwater section from being too dark, only Microsorum sp. ‘Trident’ and Vesicularia sp. were planted there.
Shooting date: February 18th, 2020(ADA)
Creator: Yusuke Homma
Aquarium: Cube Garden W180×D120×H60(cm), Mistflow x 4 (using special Mistflow box)
Lighting: Solar RGB x 6, turned on for 8.5 hours per day
Filter: Super Jet Filter ES-2400(Bio Rio L)
Water level management: Increase / decrease about 150L once every hour (using a submersible pump), spray mist for 1 minute every 2 hours
Material: Sansui Stone
Time management: Power Code S-70
Substrate: Aqua Soil – Amazonia, Power Sand Advance L, DOOA Tropical River Sand, Bacter 100, Clear Super, Tourmaline BC
CO2: 8 bubbles per second via CO2 Beetle Counter (using Tower)
Additives: Brighty K, Green Brighty Mineral, Green Brighty Iron, DOOA Wabi-Kusa Mist
Water change: 1/3 once a week
Water quality: Temperature: 25ºC; pH: 6.8; TH: 20 mg/l

Wabi Kusa Mat Hygrophila pinnatifida
Wabi Kusa Mat Montegni ‘Christmas moss’
Bio Mizukusa no Mori Bucephalandra sp. ‘Sintang’
Microsorum sp. ‘Trident’
Lagenandra meeboldii ‘Vinay Chandra’
Lagenandra keralensis
Lagenandra meeboldii ‘Red’
Dinema polybulbon
Coelogyne fimbriata
Epidendrum porpax
Mediocalcar decoratum ‘Orange’
Ceratostylis philippinensis
Pellionia repens
Begonia chlorosticta
Begonia dracopelta
Begonia dregei
Begonia luzonensis
Begonia amphioxus
Begonia negrosensis
Begonia versicolor
Begonia barsalouxiae
Begonia rajah
Begonia sp.’Sarawak’
Begonia sp.
Anubias heterophylla
Bucephalandra sp. ‘Red Mini’
Lagenandra sp. ‘Silver’
Gratiola sp.
Nepenthes ampullaria x (spectabilis x talangensis)
Ardisia sp.
Bulbophyllum ambrosia
Asplenium antiquum
Hemionitis arifolia
Heliamphora minor
Dendrobium lichenastrum
Barbosella australis
Peperomia emarginella
Hygrophila corymbosa ‘Compact’
Hygrophila stricta
Peltandra virginica
Blechnum gibbum ‘Silver Lady’
Pleurothallis sp.
Homalomena sp. ‘Sekadau South’
Homalomena sp. ‘Lingga’
Homalomena sp.
Ficus pumila var. ‘Quercifolia’
Ficus sp.
Asplenium nidus
Thuidiaceae sp.
Cladonia macilenta
Cladonia ramulosa
Cladonia humilis
Selaginella boninensis
Drosera rotundifolia
Calathea sp.
Selaginella involvens
Asplenium x kenzoi
Persicaria conspicua
Ophiopogon japonicus
Vesicularia sp.

Rasbora kalochroma
Trigonostigma heteromorpha     
Microdevario kubotai
Trichogaster chuna
Trichogaster lalius
Gastromyzon punctulatus
Pseudogastromyzon myersi
Botia almorhae
Puntius foerschi
Ctenops nobilis
Boraras brigittae
Crossocheilus oblongus
Otocinclus sp.
Caridina multidentata

Water level fluctuation of tropical rainforests is recreated with timer control

It takes 26 minutes for the water level to go up and down 15cm.
Creation of water level fluctuation
An environment in nature always changes, and is irregular. Therefore, I thought about bringing out the natural charms of living things by changing the environment as long as it does not cause excessive stress. This aquarium tank periodically changes the level of water as the water level fluctuates with rain.

Power Cord S-70
Control with Power Cord S-70
With ADA new product, Power Cord S-70, 70 timer routines can be programmed. As taking advantage of the timer function, I created a mechanism to make the water level go up and down about 15cm every hour by combing an off the shelf solenoid valve and submersible pump.

Supply water with Mistflow
In the upper section of the back of the aquarium tank, 2 customized Mistflow Boxes were installed. The Mistflows generate mist from those, and the mist gently flows down on the water surface as moistening mosses on the stone surfaces and plants in the above water section. There are 2 roles for the Mistflows such as hydration and a stage effect.

Plants at the waterside
In the natural habitat of Lagenandra and Bucephalandra found at the waterside, the water level fluctuates depending on the weather, and it can become both above water and underwater time to time. Therefore, while setting up the water level to fluctuate in the same way as the natural habitat, revitalization of the roots was predicted.

Because the above water section is voluminous, it is also fun to see from above. Expression of Paludarium is incorporated into Aqua Terrarium.
NATURE IN THE GLASS ‘Circle of Water’ PART 2