Blog — Aquascapes

Plant Profile: Ludwigia Natans Super Red

Jul 10 2020 0 Comments aquarium Aquascapes guide layout/styles plant profile plants

Family Name: OnagraceaeOrigin: Cosmopolitan Ludwigia Natans Super Red, also known as Ludwigia Palustris, is a vibrant aquatic plant that will add striking dimension and contrast to the mid- or background of an aquarium. These plants are definitely attention-grabbing when planted in bunches of 10-12 stems.  It is a favorite among aquascapers because of its fiery red coloring, quick growth, and easy care. It’s a versatile plant that grows in areas across the world during all seasons of the year. Plant Specs: Ludwigia Super Red has small, round, and pointed leaves that grow in opposite pairs along the whole length of...

Maintaining Hardscape in the Planted Aquarium

Jun 24 2020 3 Comments Aquascapes guide hardscape layout/styles maintenance shrimpery tips

Maintaining Hardscape in the Planted Aquarium by: @Shrimpery   Hardscape is the skeleton of an aquarium. As critical as plant selection can be to the success of an aquascape, the hardscape element is foundational- literally! A poor choice of hardscape can be difficult to overcome once a tank is filled, while a great hardscape layout can make a tank shine. Given how important this topic is, and how difficult it can be for both beginners and established aquarists, I wanted to provide a quick guide to selecting and maintaining hardscape for your planted tank.   Choosing Your Hardscape Whether you’re...

How to Prep Your Aquarium for a Move

Jun 17 2020 0 Comments aquarium Aquascapes guest blog guide maintenance tips

By:  Chris Okula (@nano.scapes)   Moving your aquarium is one of the most stressful parts of aquarium ownership. Although you may never plan to move an aquarium, life is an ever-changing adventure and whether you’re moving into a new home, college dorm, or new apartment a move could be in your future. Even if you're not planning on moving anytime soon it’s important that you know how to prep your aquarium for the big day.  1. Setup Your Landing Zone Before you even think about moving your aquarium, you need to first decide where it’s going to live in your new...

Setting Up a New Pond-Style Paludarium

May 01 2020 0 Comments aquascapes beginner layout/styles paludarium shrimpery terrarium

Shallow pond-style aquariums present an opportunity to enjoy aquascaping from a new perspective. A pond-style paludarium (the term for a tank with aquatic and emergent plants) allows you to grow the submerged plants that most of us are familiar with alongside the perhaps-less-familiar species that live at the waters’ edge. If you are curious about this style of aquarium or want to improve your existing aquascape, below is a brief walk through of the plants, animals, materials, and process involved in setting up a fresh layout. I recently took down my previous ricefish tank, which had been living in my...

Transitioning Aquatic Plants to Emersed Form - Wabi Kusa

Feb 06 2020 4 Comments Aquascapes beginner guest blog guide layout/styles plants tips

  Most of the aquatic plants we use in the aquascaping hobby are not truly aquatic plants. In nature, you are more likely to find them along a shoreline, often in areas that have fluctuating water levels. Depending on what the situation requires, they are equally adept at surviving underwater or on dry land (ie, moist soil) indefinitely. This makes them different from obligate aquatic plants, which can only survive underwater (one example of a true aquatic is Blyxa). No one would blame you for thinking ‘emersed’ is a typo of ‘immersed,’ but the word immersed is actually another way...

Creating a Traditional Nature Aquarium Layout

Oct 29 2018 0 Comments Aquascapes beginner co2 fish guest blog hardscape high tech layout/styles plants shrimp tips

When you’re new to aquascaping and are looking to set up a new tank, it can be a bit difficult to know where to begin. Some of the most frequent questions I receive on my Instagram account @shrimpery run along the lines of: “what kind of CO2 setup do I need,” or “what kind of soil do you use?” Because I recently set up a new high tech aquarium in my UNS 60U aquarium, I figured that this would be a good opportunity to share my thought process during the setup, along with details about gear and materials used.

Thoughts on Hardscape in a Planted Aquarium

Aug 21 2018 1 Comment Aquascapes guest blog hardscape layout/styles tips

If you keep up with planted aquarium enthusiasts, you’ll often hear them mention hardscape. Traditionally, this means the rocks, driftwood, and occasionally gravel or cosmetic sand used in the front of an aquascape. Almost as important as the plants themselves, good hardscape can help make or break an aquarium. With that in mind, I wanted to share some personal thoughts and strategies towards achieving a successful hardscape selection and layout. I like to play around with my hardscape in an empty tank before scaping, choosing the strongest layout ahead of time, and snapping a cell phone pic for reference when...

A Quick guide to Setting up a ‘Pond Tank’- by @shrimpery on IG

Jul 11 2018 2 Comments Aquascapes guest blog layout/styles tips

It would be a little ridiculous for me to claim to have invented a style of tank, but I think I’ve got the “pond tank” down to a science. Aquariums with areas of emersed plants (meaning the terrestrial forms of the plants typically used submerged in most tanks) have been steadily growing in popularity in recent years, but ‘pond’ tanks are a bit different from the current trend: they primarily use emergent plants usually found in outdoor water gardens. And unlike the emersed tanks I’ve seen, which often exclusively feature more leafy plants, I tend to focus on highlighting grassy...

Bonsai Driftwood Trees - How to Plant and Aquascape!

Jun 13 2018 2 Comments anubias Aquascapes beginner bucephalandra hardscape tips video

Our Bonsai driftwood trees are back in stock! With this exciting restock, we wanted to briefly cover and provide an overview for frequently asked questions about these underwater bonsai trees. Our Bonsai driftwood trees are made by hand from natural driftwood that is aquarium safe. Artisans create these underwater trees in a wide variety of shapes and sizes to fit almost all aquarium tanks. They’re versatile, easy to work with and are the perfect piece of hardscape material to create an instant aquascape layout. These underwater bonsai driftwood trees pair well with aquatic plant species such as Anubias, Bucephalandra, Ferns...

Adventures in Japanese Ricefish and the Emersed Aquarium

Apr 04 2018 4 Comments Aquascapes fish guest blog layout/styles

Guest blogger: Chris (IG @shrimpery) Shrimpery Blog Entry 1: Emersed plants in the aquarium Recently, after coming over and seeing my seven aquariums, a friend commented that I’m like an old cat lady, except in this case the cats are shrimp. But by my reasoning, there are so many different styles of aquariums- why settle on keeping just one tank? You can see how I’ve almost managed to convince myself that keeping seven tanks is normal. Regardless, out of all the aquariums in my lineup, one stands out as a clear favorite: the ricefish tank on my desk, featuring emersed...

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