NATURE IN THE GLASS ‘A hideout for fish’

NATURE IN THE GLASS ‘A hideout for fish’

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A peaceful place where fish come together
In the Composition Structure of Unzan Stone Driftwood, and karen.

It is quite difficult to create a layout in a small aquarium tank although it seems to be easy to handle because the capacity of W30cm class aquarium tanks is very small.
Especially it is hard to find composition materials in right size for small aquarium tanks. So, for this layout, relatively large stones were used for the aquarium tank. By purposely having the open space narrow, the composition is created for our eyes to focus on the fish and the aquatic plants.
And by having the tips of Branch Wood combined with Unzan Stone sticking out of the aquarium tank, it expressed the extent of the space, and avoided an overpowering feel. By having a space enclosed with stones, driftwoods and aquatic plants, the aquascape provides the fish a cozy space as if they are in a hideout.


Shooting date: April 24th, 2019 (ADA)
Creator: Naru Uchida
Aquarium: Cube Garden W30×D18×H24 (cm)
Lighting: Aquasky G301 x 1, turned on for 10 hours per day
Filter: Super Jet Filter ES-150 (Bio Rio S, NA Carbon)
Material: Unzan Stone, Branch Wood
Substrate: Aqua Soil Amazonia Ⅱ
CO2: 2 bubbles per second via CO2 Mini Counter, CO2 Mini Diffuser Ø15 (using Tower)
Additives: Brighty K, Green Brighty Mineral
Water change: 1/3 once a week
Water quality: Temperature: 25ºC; pH: 6.8; TH: 20 mg/l
Aquatic Plants: Wabi-Kusa Karen 6.5Ø / Anubias barteri var. nana ‘Petite’ / Eleocharis parvula / Fontinalis antipyretica
Fish & Invertebrates: Nannostomus marginatus / Trichopsis pumila / Crossocheilus oblongus / Otocinclus sp. / Caridina multidentata
Wabi-Kusa Karen 6.5Ø
Planting of Wabi-Kusa Karen
Due to the use of slightly large stones for the size of the aquarium tank, the space for planting aquatic plants in the background became very narrow. So we planted Wabi-Kusa Karen for this layout because they could create beautiful thick stemmed plants in the background.
Shot on February 28th, 2019
Unzan Stone and Branch Wood
Putting a small branch wood in the hollow of Unzan Stone. By combining them together, the layout materials have a natural sense of unity. Small aquarium tanks and Branch Wood with small branches are a great match.
Cut a Wabi-Kusa Karen in half
Cut a Wabi-Kusa Karen (6.5Ø) in half for the narrow area. After cutting it with all-purpose scissors, rinse off the nutrients well, and put it in the soil.
Choose Wabi-Kusa by aquatic plants contained.
We purposely chose a Wabi-Kusa Karen with Ludwigia sp. ‘Super Red’, and placed it to make a good balance of red leaves as accents for the right and left side of the aquarium tank.