‘Akaiwa’ Aquascape

„Aquaescape“ is an aquascaping project by myself. My goal is to create a possibility for viewers to escape their everyday stress – by an aquascape which catches the eye. This tank is named “Akaiwa”, which is Japanese and means in English “Red Stone”. For the german version, click here.

This tutorial article will lead you step-by-step through the creation of this Aquascape project. Pictures of the whole process are included here along with a documentary video which I shot throughout the process. A big thanks to my good friend Timo Piipponnen for the awesome background music!

I planned this tank for more than one year. I created concept art for the planting and did a lot of research about aquascaping in general. I would love to hear your opinion about the tank!

Watch the making of video here or skip past for the pictures.

All plants, except for the Bucephalandras, by Wasserflora.

Setup Specifications:

AQUARIUM & BASE

  • Diversa Aquarium 50 x 30 x 35 cm (52,5l or 13,9gal)
  • JBL AquaPad 60x30cm

SUBSTRATE SYSTEM

  • JBL ProScape Volcano Powder
  • JBL ProScape Plant Start
  • 10kg Glasgarten Environment Aquarium Soil
  • 3kg JBL ProScape Volcano Mineral

HARDSCAPE MATERIALS

  • 5kg Lavastone red
  • 5kg JBL Sansibar Dark Sand
  • 2 spiderwood

FILTRATION SYSTEM

  • Tetra External Canister Filter EX600plus
  • Lily Pipe and Glas outflow

HEATING

  • Hydor Heater for External Canister Filter, 200W

LIGHTING

PREVENTION

  • Twinstar Nano+

CO2 SYSTEM

  • JBL Profi 1 CO2 System
  • JBL ProFlora M500 Silver
  • JBL ProFlora Count Safe
  • JBL ProFlora Taifun P2
  • Q-Grow Ball Endurance test

FERTILIZATION

  • Dennerle Perfect Plant System
  • Dennerle NutriBalls

 FINAL PLANTS USED

  • Heteranthera zosterifolia
  • Rotala rotundifolia
  • Hygrophila pinnatifida
  • Anubias sp. ‚Petite‘
  • Anubias nana ‚Pinto‘
  • Glossostigma elatinoides
  • Cryptocoryne parva
  • Proserpinaca palustris Cuba
  • Myriophyllum scabratum
  • Bolbitis (heteroclita) difformis
  • Eleocharis montevidensis
  • Pogostemon helferi
  • Staurogyne spec. Rio Cristalino
  • Vesicularia dubyana ‚Christmas‘
  • Bucephalandra sp. ‚Brown‘
  • Bucephalandra sp. ‚Wavy Leaf‘
  • Bucephalandra sp. ‚Deep Purple‘
  • Bucephalandra sp. ‚Red‘
  • Bucephalandra sp. ‚Mini Needle Leaf‘
  • Bucephalandra sp. ‚Mini Coin‘

 FISH & LIVESTOCK

  • 5 Caridina multidentata (Amano shrimp)
  • 7 Macrotocinclus affinis (Otocinclus Catfish)
  • Neocaridina davidi „Red fire“ (Red fire shrimp)
  • Microdevario kubotai („Green neon“ rasbora)
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JBL ProScape Volcano Powder at the ground.
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JBL ProScape Volcano Material is next.
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JBL ProScape Plant start- for a good plant start 😉
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Adding Glasgarten Environment Soil.
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Using PVC foil for substrate separation.
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Adding JBL Sansibar Dark Sand for the valley.
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Next step in the hardscape: The stones. Massive Lava rocks.

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Adding a spider wood.
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Some more stones.
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Hardscape finished!
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Adding Anubias Sp. „Petite“, Anubias nana „Pinto“ and Hygrophila Pinnatifida.
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Bolbitis (heteroclita) difformis for the valley.
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Glossostigma elatinoides for the foreground.
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Cryptocoryne Parva in the foreground, Staurogyne spec. ‚Rio Cristalino‘ in the middleground.
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Proserpinaca palustris Cuba and Pogostemoni helferi in the middleground.
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Vesicularia dubyana ‚Christmas‘ is my favourite moss. Some Bucephalandras sp. for the middleground.
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Rotala Rotundifolia, Myriophyllum scabratum and Eleocharis montevidensis for the background.
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Water march!
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Adding the technic. I use an external canister filter called EX600plus by Tetra.
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Adding an ugly stone for the (drifting) wood.
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The Twinstar Nano+ starting.
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Last, but not least: Adding JBL Clynol for christal clear water and a good water start in general.

 

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