NATURE IN THE GLASS ‘A bouquet of aquatic plants’

NATURE IN THE GLASS ‘A bouquet of aquatic plants’

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Enjoying the True Beauty of Aquatic Plants
A Simple Aquascape Structure
with Wabi-Kusa Echinodorus Mix

A simple aquascape by stacking up Sansui Stones, and placing just one Wabi-Kusa Echinodorus Mix on top in a W30cm aquarium tank. Contrary to the easy production process, the aquascape looks impressive when the aquatic plants are fully grown. Wabi-Kusa enables us to enjoy so many aspects of aquatic plants even more by placing only one than planting with a pair of tweezers because Wabi-Kusa has high density of aquatic plant growth. A wide variety of aquatic plants forms a cluster. And an aspect of the aquatic plants showing each beauty seems as if it is a bouquet of aquatic plants. Please try out and enjoy a simple aquascape with Wabi-Kusa showing the true beauty of aquatic plants.


Shooting date: April 2nd, 2019 (ADA)
Creator: Daich Araki
Aquarium: Cube Garden W30×D18×H24 (cm)
Lighting: Aquasky G301 x 1, turned on for 9 hours per day
Filter:  Super Jet Filter ES-150 (Bio Rio S)
Material: Sansui Stone
Substrate: La Plata Sand
CO2: 4 bubbles per second via Pollen Glass Mini (using Tower)
Aeration: Lily Pipe Spin P-1 (14 hours after the light is turned off)
Additives: Green Brighty Neutral K, Green Brighty Mineral, Green Brighty Nitrogen
Water change: 1/3 twice a week
Water quality: Temperature: 25ºC; pH: 6.4; TH: 20 mg/l
Aquatic Plants: Wabi-Kusa Echinodorus Mix (Echinodorus ozelot green Long)
Fish & Invertebrates: Poecilia reticulata var. / Otocinclus sp. / Caridina multidentata
Maintenance of Wabi-Kusa
It is important to trim Wabi-Kusa frequently in consideration of the growth rate of each aquatic plant, because Wabi-Kusa consists of many types of aquatic plants. For this time, Myriophyllum sp. was especially growing vigorously, so by trimming frequently, the good balance was maintained.

Wabi-Kusa Echinodorus Mix

Placement based on golden ratio
By placing a Wabi-Kusa in the position of golden ratio 3:2, the whole layout balance improves, and the aquascape looks simple but never dull. The placement of stones is a shape of an irregular triangle.
Shot on February 28th, 2019

A point of stone arrangements
Placing Sansui Stones for the purpose of hiding the base of Wabi-Kusa. Using different sizes of Sansui Stones creates a natural feel. And placing small stones toward an open space clarifies a center of gravity of the aquascape.