[IAPLC2018] Making of Tank vo2 plant and algae

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

vo2 will explain the plant and algae.

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

Click here for the foundation introduced in the previous article!

“IAPLC2018” making-of tank[IAPLC2018] Making of Tank vo1 theme and foundation making

The spray water

  • Attach aquatic plants like glue
  • Prevent drying of aquatic plants

Let’s first wet the whole with a spray.
Such an effect can be expected.

Although it is not fixed like real glue, it makes it easier to place aquatic plants.

Since manual spraying is difficult, automatic spraying for agriculture is recommended.

The Planting



First, place SouthAmerican-WillowMoss on the stone.

If the moss overlap, the underlying strain will die, so place them one by one.

This time it was not fixed because it was managed by the “Dry Start Method” until it rooting.

Let’s keep the humidity with a lid!

10days later

10days later

10 days have passed.
The moss grew a little and became a beautiful color.
In the case of the dry start method, moss will rooting in about 10 days if it goes well.

The Foreground

Helanthium tenellum
Helanthium tenellum

Next, we will plant the foreground.
I chose Helanthium tenellum.

I like the atmosphere of natural plants growing as they are. Therefore, I chose this plant.
Later, Helanthium bolivianum ‘latifolius’ was also added.(I’m sorry without the image…)

The technique of planting “aquatic plants of different size” with “similar appearance” is an important technique for producing a natural feeling.

The road

Riccardia chamedryfolia

I placed Riccardia chamedryfolia on the road.

Fixed to the stone with glue.
This is a small moss.

SouthAmerican-WillowMossRiccardia chamedryfolia

By directing the line of sight in this way, we aimed to produce a “depth feeling” effect.

Hemianthus callitrichoides "Cuba"
Eleocharis parvula

I also planted Eleocharis parvula and Hemianthus callitrichoides “Cuba”.

The aim is to create a “depth feeling” by placing something smaller than the aquatic plants planted in the foreground.

The On the stone

Hygrophila pinnatifida

I placed Hygrophila pinnatifida and Micranthemum tweediei ‘Monte Carlo’ (I’m sorry without the image…) on the stone.

Fixed to the stone with glue.

  • SouthAmerican-WillowMoss
  • Hygrophila pinnatifida
  • Micranthemum tweediei ‘Monte Carlo’

I placed this on the stone.

With this, we aim to become “the ruins swallowed by aquatic plants”.

The Plant List

Plant List

I planted more aquatic plants, but I forgot to take photos. . .
I like planting aquatic plants, so I’m really into it.

So, list all the planted plants.

The foreground

  • Helanthium tenellum
  • Helanthium bolivianum ‘latifolius’
  • Utricularia reticulata
  • Eleocharis acicularis
  • Eleocharis parvula
  • Hemianthus callitrichoides “Cuba”

The Right background

  • Rotala nanjean
  • Rotala rotundifolia
  • Eleocharis vivipara
  • Pogostemon sp. “dassen”
  • Cardamine lyrata
  • Limnophila sp. vietnam

The Left background

  • Ludwigia ovalis
  • Micranthemum umbrosum
  • Hygrophila corymbosa ‘Stricta’
  • Ludwigia arcuata
  • Rotala rotundifolia”Green”
  • Rotala macrandra“Green”
  • Rotala nanjean

The on the stone

  • SouthAmerican-WillowMoss
  • Hygrophila pinnatifida
  • Micranthemum tweediei ‘Monte Carlo’
  • Riccardia chamedryfolia

The road

  • Riccardia chamedryfolia
  • Hemianthus callitrichoides “Cuba”
  • Eleocharis parvula
Planting many types of aquatic plants in the foreground and planting a few types on the road can create a sense of depth.

VS Algae


It took 10 days after adding water.

Apparently, the self-made fertilizer was too more.
I put too much.
Oh no. . .

algae more

Huge mistake!!

The recovery

Let’s make up for algae!

Fortunately, this algae is a soft type.

This algae looks very bad, but can be easily removed.

This time, we decided to remove the algae by adding 200 Neocaridina davidi.

a week later


I became beautiful in a week.

Speed is important for algae troubles.
Let’s respond as soon as possible.

By responding quickly, you can reduce time, budget and labor.

  • Number of cleaning organisms
  • Efforts such as water change

Next time

Next time, I will explain “Trimming aquatic plants” and “Finished works”.

looking forward to!