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A small aquascape that enjoys the beauty of group of aquatic plants

Space is an important element in the Nature Aquarium, but in this aquascape we dare to limit the space and created with an image that cut out a part of the wider aqualandscape. Due to its limited space, I intentionally used many light green aquatic plants and arranged some red stemmed plants point by point so that the feeling of confinement will not become strong. Aqua Soil – Amazonia II was used for substrate, but with the additional appropriate liquid nutrients supply, it has become an aquascape which all aquatic plants grow healthy and it showed the beauty of group of aquatic plants. Among them, Rotala macrandra ‘Green’ was strong against pruning and always showed a beautiful appearance.


Shooting date: June 15th, 2018(ADA)
Creator: Yusuke Homma
Aquarium: Cube Garden W60 x D30 x H36 (cm)
Lighting: Solar RGB x 1, turned on for 10 hours per day
Filter: Super Jet Filter ES-600 (Bio Rio)
Substrate: Aqua Soil Amazonia Ⅱ, Power Sand Advance S, Bacter100, Clear Super, Tourmaline BC
CO2 : Pollen Glass, 3 bubbles per second via CO2 Bubble Counter (CO2 Advanced System FOREST)
Additives: Brighty K, Green Brighty Mineral, Green Brighty Nitrogen, ECA Plus
Water change: 1/3 once a week
Water quality: Temperature: 25ºC; pH: 6.8; TH: 20 mg/l

Aquatic Plants:
BIO Pogostemon deccanensis
BIO Rotala rotundifolia green
BIO Rotala sp. ‘Hra’
BIO Rotala macrandra ‘Green’
BIO Rotala nanjean
BIO Rotala sp ‘Ceylon’
BIO Hemianthus micranthemoides
BIO Glossostigma elatinoides
BIO Staurogyne repens
BIO Hydrocotyle tripartite
BIO Echinodorus tenellus
BIO Eleocharis acicularis
Ludwigia glandulosa
Rotala rotundifolia ‘Fujian’
Microsorum pteropus ‘Trident’
Taxiphyllum barbieri

Iriatherina werneri
Crossocheilus siamensis
Otocinclus sp.
Caridina multidentata


A 60cm water tank is easy to make a layout with moderate size, and it is perfect for introductory step for making full-fledged Nature Aquarium.
In this ADA Review, we introduce the latest 60cm water tank system that can realize a beautiful aquascape.

ADA Full System Plan    W60cm SYSTEM

In starting the Nature Aquarium, the most recommended size is 60cm aquarium. It is a moderate size and the installation place is not limited, and it is easy to create a balanced layout because of its aspect ratio of the aquarium size. ADA’s 60cm full system is practical and well-designed for your use.
SOLAR RGB is a high-end model of lighting fixture that realized optimum light for a Nature Aquarium by independently controlling the three primary colors of light; red (R), green (G), and blue (B), and it vividly illuminate the aquascape.

AQUASKY G 601/602
If you are planting undergrowth and stemmed plants, AQUASKY G 602 with two lighting units is recommended. The transparent acrylic stand alleviates the presence of the aluminum lighting unit and makes the view from front size nice and cool.
CO2 Advanced System-FOREST
ADA CO2 Advanced System-FOREST is standard COsupply kit necessary for a 60cm water tank. Safety measures have been made to ensure safe operation even for those who use CO2 small cartridges for the first time. Furthermore, it is possible to keep aquarium clutter-free with a stylish design.

Regular lighting time and aeration are important for cultivating aquatic plants. NA CONTROL TIMER II can automatically control ON/OFF of lighting, CO2 supply, and aeration. It adopted easily controllable analog type timer.

CLEAR STAND for CO2 system 74
CLEAR STAND for CO2 system 74 is a simple design acrylic stand for use when installing the CO2 regulator to the side of the aquarium. It corresponds to a tank with a glass thickness of 6mm or less.
Filtration system responsible for water quality control of aquarium is the most important instrument for keeping and nurturing tropical fish and aquatic plants, and high reliability is required. SUPER JET FILTER ES-600 is ideal for a 60cm tank among all the SUPER JET FILTER series, boasting long-term stable operation and robustness. Glass-made LILY PIPE (Inflow/Outflow) included.
CUBE GARDEN is a frameless aquarium, featuring high quality clear glass and careful silicon processing. The ADA logo on front corner also becomes a part of the aquascape.

NA THERMOMETER J is a sleek design temperature gauge for the Nature Aquarium. Takashi Amano originally designed to install it in CUBE GARDEN frameless tank.

Aquarium stand produced for the CUBE GARDEN that can be installed as if the aquascape is floating in the air. Simple design product made of all glass matches CUBE GARDEN and AQUASKY.

Option parts that further improve stability and safety by placing it under the CUBE CABINET CLEAR. The total design will further improve by the use of WOODBASE BOARD.
BACTER 100 is substrate additive, containing more than 100 types of microorganisms in dry dormancy. Microbial phase corresponding to substrate environment, varying according to the condition of aquarium, will be formed, and “living substrate” can be realized easily.

CLEAR SUPER is a nutrient additives of highly refined activated carbon powder formulated with organic acids that promotes the growth of effective bacteria. When used in conjunction with Bacter 100, it promotes the growth of microorganisms and makes the substrate in a good condition for growing aquatic plants.

This is a substrate additive blended with bamboo charcoal powder and tourmaline powder with high soil improvement effect. It promotes the growth of the root of aquatic plants, and creates a well-balanced substrate environment by suppressing curing of the substrate in the longer term.

BOTTOM PLUS is easy-to-use solid nutrients that are indispensable for maintaining long-term waterscape, effective in improving the leaf color and growing of aquatic plants. It is also effective for nutrition enhancement of Amazonia II and Amazonia Light.

POWER SAND BASIC S is a substrate material, acting as a nutrient for the substrate, and a living habitat of microorganisms. It also works to prevent hardening of the deepest layer of substrate to ensure water permeation. It is the basis of ADA substrate making.

AQUA SOIL-Amazonia
Unlike soil made from volcanic black soil which is generally available in the market, AQUA SOIL-Amazonia is a premium soil made from valuable black soil which can be taken from strata with abundant humus. Recommended especially for advanced users.

AQUA SOIL – Amazonia II
AQUA SOIL-Amazonia II is made of 100% fine natural black soil, less susceptible to turbidity and coloration of water, as it is less humic and nutrient than Amazonia. Growth speed of aquatic plants is standard and recommended for beginners especially.

AQUA SOIL-Amazonia Light
With its natural earth color, it shows aquascapes visually more natural. It is easy to maintain the aquascape as the growth speed of aquatic plants is gradual with Amazonia Light. When maintaining long term, early nutrient supply with BOTTOM PLUS is recommended.