NATURE IN THE GLASS ‘Mysterious World of the Waterside’

Yusuke HommaYusuke Homma

Tropical Aqua Terrarium where a lot of living things live together

The concept for this aquascape is a view of the world formed by various living things just like a picture book. Plants are not limited to aquatic plants, and the way a lot of species from emersed to terrestrial plants including mosses, begonias and orchids grow, is expressed. And in terms of the selection of tropical fish swimming in the water, various species of tropical fishes are also selected. Because it has a powerful composition framework in a 70cm high aquarium tank, I used particularly tall Unzan Stones in XXL size. I arranged those stones in a way that they would protrude from the water surface, and placed some terrestrial moss and epiphytic orchids on the surface of the composition materials. In the planting areas such as between the stones and a mound of soil, by using a lot of ferns that tend to grow tall and unfold large leaves, and jungle plants, I was able to give volume to the above water section and strengthen its presence.
Shooting date: July 13th, 2021(ADA)
Creator: Yusuke Homma
Aquarium: Cube Garden W240×D60×H70(cm)
Lighting: Solar RGB x 4, turned on for 10 hours per day
System : Mistflow Box x 3, Power Cord S-70, NA Control Timer II
Watering : Mist watering for 1 minute every 2 hours
Filter: Super Jet Filter ES-2400(Bio Rio L) x 2
Material: Unzan Stone, Jati Wood
Substrate: DOOA Tropical River Sand, Aqua Soil – Amazonia Ver.2, Power Sand Advance L, Bacter100, Clear Super, Tourmaline BC
Aeration: 15.5 hours after the light is turned off using Lily Pipe P-6
Additives: Brighty K, Green Brighty Mineral, Green Brighty Iron
Water change: 1/2 once two weeks
Water quality: Temperature: 25ºC; pH: 6.6; TH: 50 mg/l

BIO Mizukusa no Mori Micranthemum sp.
BIO Mizukusa no Mori Hygrophila pinnatifida ‘UK‘
BIO Mizukusa no Mori Peperomia emarginella
BIO Mizukusa no Mori Begonia dracopelta
BIO Mizukusa no Mori Begonia amphioxus
Riccardia chamedryfolia
Lagenandra meeboldii ‘Green’
Lagenandra meeboldii ‘Red’
Lagenandra meeboldii ‘Vinay chandra’
Microsorum sp. ‘Narrow Leaf’
Bulbophyllum ambrosia
Mediocalcar versteegii
Epidendrum porpax
Ceratostylis philippinense
Maxillaria sophronitis
Restrepia elegans
Ficus pumila var. quercifolia
Begonia chlorosticta
Begonia bipinnatifida
Begonia lichenora
Pellionia repens
Medinilla sp.
Ardisia sp.
Saxifraga stolonifera ‘Yakushima’
Cephalotus follicularis
Cyperus alternifolius
Nepenthes ampullaria × (spectabilis × talangensis)
Homalomena sp. Sekadau
Angraecum distichum
Bulbophyllum fascination ’Cosmo One’
Dendrobium dichaeoides
Leptotes bicolor
Lockhartia micrantha
Neoregelia ‘Chiquita Linda‘
Selaginella involvens
Selaginella sp.
Osmunda lancea
Asplenium trichomanes
Asplenium ruta-muraria
Asplenium scolopendrium
Asplenium nidus
Asplenium nidus ‘Avis’
Asplenium × kenzoi
Blechnum gibbum ‘Silver lady’
Blechnum niponicum
Cibotium barometz
Lemmaphyllum microphyllum
Microsorum pteropus
Tectaria hilocarpa
Thuidium kanedae
Vesicularia sp.

Fish and Invertebrates
Trigonostigma heteromorpha
Danio margaritatus
Puntius titteya
Epalzeorhynchos bicolor
Nannostomus beckfordi
Carnegiella strigata strigata
Oryzias woworae
Melanotaenia praecox
Parambassis ranga
Nemacheilus scaturigina
Schistura balteata
Botia lohachata
Gastromyzon scitulus
Atyopsis moluccensis
Crossocheilus oblongus
Otocinclus sp.
Caridina multidentata

A lot of distinctive living things swim freely

The concept for this aquascape was to have various types of living things, and I was particular about selecting fish species. I purposely had not only beautiful and adorable fish but also bizarre looking fish species including transparent Parambassis ranga and Carnegiella strigata strigata swim together.

A place where you can feel the living things close

This aquarium has been setup at a preschool whose aim is “early childhood education where children can feel the importance of nature”. My hope is that this Aqua Terrarium can be an opportunity for the children to observe and learn about animals and plants and to have interest in living things.
Location: Yama Ikarashi Preschool (*It is not opened to the public.)