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Wabi-Kusa Aquascaping

Two years ago when I first heard of ADA’s 「侘び草」 “Wabi-Kusa,” I was both intrigued and put off at the same time.· Creating the appeal of the aquarium’s design by relying on the random growth of the plants grouped in the Wabi-Kusa is undeniably a very nature-esque concept.· It also speaks to a part of us aquarium keepers who are not only artists but also fish-nuts as the idea of letting things run wild has a definite allure to those who enjoy tramping through wild ponds and marshes.

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Design Attractive Aquascaping Layouts with Stone and Driftwood

Lay out materials are one of the most important aspects of aquascaping.· Materials such as stones and pieces of driftwood help create a more natural scene inside a planted aquarium.· The type, shapes, and placement of the these materials can evoke moods and feelings for the observer. The combination of wood with rock or simply using one or the other can greatly improve your aquascape.

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Iwagumi Style

Many of you have heard the term Iwagumi, especially if you frequent some of the more popular “forum” based web-sites associated with our aquascaping hobby.· Many truly do not know what this translates to in English.· The Japanese word “Iwagumi” literally means “rock formation.” In a Japanese rock garden, the rocks are the “bones” of the layout and usually consist of three rocks; one main or large rock flanked by two smaller rocks, but not of equal size. When the rock formation is placed properly, the rest of the layout will simply fall into place.· In our hobby this has been taken far beyond three rocks but, the main principles should still be used.

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A Ryoboku Aquascape

Now it’s time to get to the fun part. Let’s start aquascaping!· I will use this article to show you the startup of my 60cm tank.· I started planning for it in early spring 2008 and began to collect materials for the ADA stand and the equipment for the tank itself.

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