DATA quarium: Cube Garden Clear W90 x D45 x H60 (cm) Lighting: Solar I (NAMH-150W) x 3 units shared over two tanks, turned on for 10 hours per day Filter: Super Jet Filter ES-1200 (Bio Rio, NA Carbon) Substrate: Aqua Soil Amazonia, ceramic material, Power Sand Special, Bacter 100, Clear Super, Tourmaline BC, Penac W/for Aquarium, Penac P CO2: Pollen Glass Large 30, 3 bubbles per second via CO2 Beetle Counter (using Tower/20 and CO2 Speed Regulator) Aeration: For 14 hours after the light is turned off using Lily Pipe P- 4 Additives: Brighty K; Green Brighty STEP2 Water Change: 1/3 once a week Water Quality: Temperature 24ºC, pH 6. 8, TH 10 mg/l Aquatic Plants: Anubias barteri var. nana (narrow), Bolbitis heudelotii, Rotala rotundifolia (green), Rotala spp., Rotala sp. “Nanjenshan,” Rotala indica, Rotala macrandra, Micranthemum umbrosum, Riccia fluitans, Fontinalis antipyretica Fish/Invertebrates: Inpaichthys kerri, Moenkhausia pittieri, Hyphessobryconmegalopterus,Hyphessobrycon sp., Otocinclus sp., Crossocheilus siamensis, Caridina japonica [Note: The hardware itemized above represents the author’s specific choices; equivalent results may be obtained withotherequipmentandaccessories—Eds.]
its shape during maintenance. There is
no need to be concerned about types,
shapes, and colors of rocks when they
are used for this purpose, since they will
eventually be hidden. By using rocks
that are wrapped with mosses or have
plants such as ferns or Anubias attached to
them around the driftwood, the rocks will
become unnoticeable and the impression
of the layout will be like one in which only
driftwood is used.
taller foreground plants such as Echinodorus
tenellus in the foreground makes the rocks
less noticeable in such cases.
I highly recommend that you give it
a try. Using a combination of rocks and
driftwood, which has merit in layout
rendition and technique, is a new idea
for enriching layout variations in the
Nature Aquarium. D
A layout before planting. The driftwood angles are set and the driftwood is stabilized by placing
lava rocks around it. The appearance of the rocks is adjusted by wrapping them with willow moss.
The subtle presence of rocks can influence
the impression of a layout greatly as well.
In some cases it is better to use rocks
inconspicuously when expressing an image
of a jungle in a layout. Planting somewhat
The same layout with densely growing aquatic plants. The lava rocks, barely visible with Anubias and mosses attached to them, render a natural feel
to the layout.
Tropical Fish Hobbyist www.tfhmagazine.com