[IAPLC2018] Making of Tank vo1 theme and foundation making

This article introduces the aquariums exhibited at the International Aquatic Plant Layout Contest 2018.

vo1 will explain the theme and foundation making.

It is easy to understand for beginners.
Please read until the end!







The theme

Ancient Ruins
[The Ruins] is the theme of this tank.

I wanted to express how the ruins sink into the water and are covered with aquatic plants over a long period of time.

Decide the material

Garden stone

Fortunately, I was able to find the material quickly when I thought about making a ruin.

This is a garden stone.
It’s often used for building entrances, so have you ever seen it?

I thought that it would be possible to create a ruin-like atmosphere by stacking these stones like stairs.


I’m always looking for materials that can be used for Aquascape.
Rivers, forests, gardens, parks, hardware stores and more!

The Build a  stone


First, make a foundation with fired polystyrene foam and bricks.

I was worried about placing bricks directly on the glass, so I decided to set the polystyrene foam down.

I chose “ U-shaped ” as the composition of this tank.

I don’t plant a lot of aquatic plants in the center, so I make a foundation with many bricks.
The place where the height is high becomes the road.

In the case of U-shaped , it is unnatural if the left / right balance is 50/50.

Let’s divide the left and right ratios in this ratio.

  • 60/40 or 40/60
  • 70/30 or 30/70


Temporary assembly

I tried to arrange stones as a test.Hmmm …It could be better..

When testing new materials, it is important to test a lot.
So I decided to try out some patterns.

It’s shaping up a bit now.

I made another stone pile in the right back and tried to balance it.

And I tried to make a shadow so that the stone on the left side protrudes to the front.

Shadow is an important point. If there are many shadows, it will be a “dark impression”. If it is less, it will have a “flat” impression. When checking for shadows, it is easier to understand if you set the image to “black and white”!
Seen from above

This is a view from above.
I had a rougher impression than I expected.
It looks like Jenga made of stone. The balance was better than I expected, so I stopped bonding and fixing.

Central part.

This is the central road.
Well, it ’s rough and nice.
By the way, aquatic plants are planted and hidden after this, and the roughness disappears.
This is a reflection of this time.

Connect the bottom filter to the EHEIM 2217 water pipe.
This is to counter the temperature in the substrate and hide the pipe.

When embedding, it is difficult to hide the filter piping, but it is convenient because it can be hidden in the substrate.

The left and right backs are raised with pumice and a laundry net.

The amount of soil used can be saved.

It is easy to move if you put it on the net. This makes it easy to set and clean up.

Raise the substrateHow to raise the substrate using pumice

The Prevent soil avalanche

Before putting the soil, it is necessary to make a “wall” that prevents the avalanche.

Close the hole where the soil leaks!

Shooting a stone from behind

This is a picture of a stone from behind.

I filled the gaps with extra stone.

Close small gaps with a wool mat.

I will put the soil at the same time as this.

It is better to put the soil so that the wool mat sticks to the stone with its own weight.

Be especially careful where the glass and stone come into contact, as the soil can easily leak!

The Utilize PVC boards

Add the soil little by little while paying attention to the leakage.
The soil is piled up so that it becomes a mountain on the right and left, but it will collapse if there is no soil retaining.

In such a case, I use a 1mm-thick PVC plate as the earth retaining material.

It’s compact!

Therefore, you can make many places to plant aquatic plants.
And it can be easily processed. It’s cheap. Can be used many times.
Very economical!

This technique is also used in the tank exhibited at IAPLC2015.

“IAPLC2015” making-of tank[IAPLC2015] making-of tank

Complete the foundation!

After adding the soil, I put fine sand in front and on the road.

This is the end of the foundation construction.

Next time is “Aquatic plants and algae”.
looking forward to!