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ADA Start with A: Hardscape

With the use of natural decoration materials such as driftwood and stones, it is obvious that no single piece is the same. It is therefore recommended that the desired sizes and shapes to purchase. As the main starting point is that the size must fit in the aquarium, and only then the form. Another important point is to become familiar with the characteristic properties of the materials, as they have different effects on the quality of the aquarium water. A beautifully planted aquarium starts with selecting the hardscape. Which kind you choose for yourself today?

Tannins from driftwood removal is not necessary

The water may be discolored by the leaching of tannins from the driftwood. This can be solved by regular water change. Tannins come from humic acids and have no negative impact on fish in the aquarium.

Verkleuring van het aquariumwater

It is impossible to get all the tannins out of the driftwood to remove, even through the wood to cook.



Mildew and buoyancy immediately after placement in the aquarium

The wood can be white fungus arise after the aquarium is placed. This fungus can a snake be afgeheveld or with a brush be removed. If the driftwood floats, it can be weighted with a stone until the piece of wood out of themselves under water.

Schimmel op spiderwood

White mold is common on Branch Wood and Slim Wood.


Increase of water hardness with Ryouh Stones

In a planted aquarium where CO2 is added, leaks calcium out of the stone and provides for an increase of the total hardness. This is particularly the case with Ryouh Stone causing it to grow aquarium plants somewhat more difficult.

Waterhardheid door stenen in het aquarium

A large presence of white parts of the stone does not need to lead directly to a larger increase of the total hardness.

Use stones of different sizes for the layout

It is important to have different sizes of stones available. Choose an Iwagumi layout for a large headstone (Oyaishi), secondary stone (Fukuishi), tertiary rocks (Soeishi) and offerstenen (Suteishi). The stones of each group would corresponding textures must have. Select these stones from as many available stones.

verschillende groottes stenen

A large amount of sizes available, it gives more opportunities to make the right expression at the aquarium.

Slim Wood

ADA Slim Wood

Has many thin branches. Usually the pieces are small in size.

Horn Wood

ADA Horn Wood

The combining of multiple pieces of ADA Horn Wood creates a good balance. This type of wood leaking tannins.

Branch Wood

ADA Branch Wood

Branch Wood has an attractive shape and is easy to use in the aquarium, even for beginners. To check on fungi and buoyancy.

Unzan Stone

ADA Unzan Stones

This volcanic mountainous Unzan Stones have holes to Wabi-kusa in to place. It looks attractive in the aquarium.

Boulder Stone

ADA Kei Stone

Characteristic for the Boulder Stone is the red color that jumps out in a green planted aquarium.

Koke Stone

ADA Koke Stones

The rough surface of Koke Stone is ideal for epiphytische plants such as moss and ferns to grow.

Sansui Stone

ADA Sanui Stones

Sansui Stone makes for an image that is reminiscent of Sansui paintings, with its unique layers. Volcanic stone like Koke Stone.

Yamaya Stone

ADA Yamaya Stones

The affordable price of Yamaya stone is one of the attractive properties of this stone. How the stone is applied depends on your own creative idea.

Ryouh Stone

ADA Ryouh Stones

Ryouh Stone has an amazing diversity of form and structure, with white lines and grooves on the surface.

Manten Stone

ADA Manten Stones

Manten Stone has an attractive uneven surface and the most classic rock in ADA's stone range.

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(Translated by Wilco Kitty)