Composition Framework Accentuating Clusters of Stem Plants
ADA and the Use Sansui Stone and Driftwood

This layout is created based on a convex composition having clusters of stem plants in the center. Firstly, many Sansui stones are placed in an upright position near the center of the tank to make an enclosure. Then, a large amount of ADA Aqua Soil-Amazonia is poured inside the enclosure to make a planting space for stem plants above the level of the rest. The driftwood, with the effect of Hygrophila pinnatifida attached, perfectly blends with the bush of stem plants.

Stone Arrangement

ADA stone arrangement

Sansui stones are skillfully arranged to make a solid enclosure, so that poured ADA Aqua Soil-Amazonia would not flow out.


ADA composition


ADA detail 1 substrate

Since the substrate for stem plants is raised high, the bushes of stem plants stand out without being hidden behind the driftwood or epiphytic plants.

ADA Glossostigma planting

Glossostigma is planted around the Sansui stones as the main plant. Some Wabi-kusa Utricularia graminifolia is also placed to add a different touch to the carpet plants.


ADA shaded area below plants

The area below the driftwood creates a shade to the aquascape. The texture of Sansui stones and epiphytic Anubias are producing a natural feel.


ADA utricularia graminifolia

Utricularia graminifolia creates subtle unevenness in the foreground while some patches of Riccia and Eleochalis acicularis add a natural feel.


ADA final shot

Shot on   February 10, 2014
Tank: Cube Garden W180×D60×H60 (cm)
Lighting system: Grand Solar I (NAG-150W-Green, NA Lamp Twin 36W x 2) × 3units; lighting 10 hours/day
Filter system: Super Jet Filter ES-2400 (Bio Rio L and NA Carbon)
Substrate: ADA Aqua Soil-Amazonia Power Sand Special L, ADA Bacter 100, ADA Clear Super, PENAC W, PENAC P, ADA Tourmaline BC
CO2: ADA Pollen Glass Beetle 50Ø, 6 bubbles/sec with ADA CO2 Beetle Counter (CO2 Tower used)
AIR: Night aeration with lights off by using ADA Lily Pipe P-6 for 14 hours
Additives: ADA Brighty K& ADA Green Brighty STEP 2
Water change: 1/3 water change 1 time/week
Water quality: Water temperature: 25℃ pH: 6.8 TH: 20mg/ℓ


Rotala sp. ‘Ceylon’
Rotala rotundifolia
Micranthemum sp.
Hygrophila pinnatifida
Bolbitis heudelotii
Microsorum sp. (Trident)
Anubias barteri var. nana “Yellow Heart”
Taxiphyllum barbieri
Glossostigma elatinoides
Riccia fluitans
Utricularia graminifolia
Eleocharis acicularis

Fish Species:

Hyphessobrycon rosaceus var.
Hyphessobrycon haraldschultzi 
Moenkhausia pittieri
Hyphessobrycon herbertaxelrodi
Nematobrycon lacortei
Crossocheilus siamensis
Otocinclus sp.
Caridina japonica

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