Here is my second attempt at aquscaping. After my first ADA 60 Aquascape (see ADA60p Iwagumi scape
) and a lot of obsessive YouTube (watching Greenaqua, ADA and other aquascaping videos over the years), I found that I really enjoy diorama scapes which give a sense of scape to the layout. Particularly, I was super inspired by some of the amazing scapes at ADA Poland by Adam P (see some of the amazing videos made by George Farmer and Green Aqua of Adam's gallery). Therefore, I decided to focus my next tank towards a wild scape with a lot of above water/underwater elements such of mosses, epiphytes, orchids and ferns. Among these groups of plants, I really got interested in the variety of Bucephalandra in the hobby. Now, my other hobby is growing Carnivorous plants and almost 7 years ago, I had the privilege of going to Southeast Asia to see some plants in habitat. Little did I know in those amazing river crossings and crystal clear streams, I totally neglected/missed taking pictures of all the amazing aquatic plants including Bucephalandra species in habitat. Nevertheless, bringing both my passions together, I figured I wanted to make a snapshot of my vision of a fast flowing mountain stream with Bucephalandra in the habitat. I did a lot of research for inspiration and tried a lot of mock scapes with the materials on-hand to come up with this tank.
This is the main equipment I wanted to use for this vision:
A DOOA shallow tank H36
DOOA Mizukusa mist wall
Ecotech XR15FW pro Gen 4
ADA ES-300 V2
Amazon random submersible pump
ADA cube cabinet
Manzanita and random wood
ADA Sansui and Koke stones
With that concept, after months, I finally set up the tank. It is always super difficult to re-make the same exact scape.
I also made a DIY light stand to finally use a pendant light and get a more classy look on the tank.
End of part 1... next step...the actual substrate process and scanning for real...