Let's start with A: Making of Nature Aquarium I
Step by Step to Natureaquarium:

We have learned about how to grow aquatic plants topic by topic. Now, we go through the making process of planted aquariums as the final topic. Here, we show you how a popular 60cm aquarium layout is produced and introduce you to the products required for each task.

1. Creating a Live Substrate

ADA Aufsetzen eines Layouts 1

Microorganisms from ADA Bacter 100 feed on organic compounds contained in ADA Clear Super and actively colonize within the substrate. ADA Power Sand prevents the hardening of the substrate surface.

ADA Power Sand S ADA Bacter 100 ADA Clear Super

ADA Power Sand S | ADA Bacter 100 | ADA Clear Super

2. Make a Neat Substrate Line

ADA Ziehen einer Substratgrenze

Make a neat and straight substrate line. Avoid the front side from becoming too thick. Adding a slight slope from front to back gives an additional sense of depth to the layout.

ADA Sand Flattener ADA Sand Flattener in use

Use ADA Sand Flattener to flatten preparation the substrate.

3. Placing Driftwood

ADA Treibholz platzieren

Driftwood serves as a framework of the composition. Place driftwood in a stable condition while considering a good right/left and front/back balance. There is no need to arrange driftwood in a complicated manner.

ADA Eleocharis Acicularis Eleocharis Acicularis Teile

For pre-planting preparation, carefully untangle Eleocharis acicularis and divide into small bunches.

4. Planting Foreground Plants

ADA Vordergrund pflanzen

Planting work will be easier if the water is poured to the level at which the substrate is barely covered with water. Doing this prevents aquatic plants from being buoyant and hands from getting wet.

Glossostigma Glossostigma Teile ADA Pinsettes L

ADA Pinsettes L is a must for planting of aquatic plants

5. Attaching Epiphytic Aquatic Plants

ADA Epiphytische Pflanzen pflanzen

When using epiphytic plants such as Anubias for the layout, fix their rhizomes to small stones in advance. Avoid planting epiphytic plants directly on the substrate.

ADA Wood Tight ADA Wood Tight aufbinden

ADA Wood Tight makes it easier to fix rhizomes to a stone.

6. Planting Background Plants

ADA Hintergrund bepflanzen

Plant background plants by considering their colors and leaf shapes. The height of each stem plant species should be aligned as much as possible during planting.

Rotala Green Macranda Rotala Spec Green Rotala rotundifolia Rotala macranda Rotala nanjenshan Rotala wallchii Ludwigia brevipes

1. Rotala rotundifolia
2. Rotala spec. 'Green'
3. Rotala macranda 'Green'
4. Rotala macranda (Red narrow leaf)
5. Rotala nanjenshan
6. Rotala wallichii
7. Ludwigia arcuata

7. Attaching Vesicularia "Christmas Moss"

ADA Moose aufbinden

With ADA Moss Cotton, attach a layer of Vesicularia "Christmas Moss" so thin that the surface of the driftwood is partially seen. Vesicularia sp. Vesicularia "Christmas Moss" can be attached to driftwood using ADA Riccia Line.

ADA Moss Cotton Nutzung ADA Moss Cotton

ADA Moss Cotton gradually biodegrades when the Vesicularia "Christmas Moss" starts taking root to the driftwood.

8. Completition of Planting and Pouring Water

ADA Fertigstellung des Scapes

Once the planting is completed, gently pour the water into the aquarium tank while being careful not to hollow the substrate surface. In the event of cloudy aquarium water, pour fresh water while draining the cloudy water.

ADA advanced CO2 system ADA Chlor Off

ADA Advanced CO2 System - Includes all the necessary equipment for CO2 supply.

ADA Chlor-Off - Neutralization of chlorine and adjustment of water temperature are the fundamental processes of water change.

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