Building a BRAZILIANSTYLE Contest Aquascape PART 2 Planting Aquascaping Tutorial


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[Narrator] Previously on Green Aqua. Please let me summarize  the nine rules of Josh Sim, applied to this build. 1: Clear theme. 2: Depth. 3: Focal point. 4: Layers. 5: Shadow. 6: Space. 7: Integration. 8: Contrast. 9: Details. And then, after 8 hours of heavy work, the hardscape was final. 100 pots of plants, or 23 types of plants. I told you last week, that  this is an advanced scape here, right next to me. Welcome to the beautiful world of aquascaping! The aquatic gardener is here. Today we are planting this 120P tank, which is 240 liters, or 63 gallons. It's an advanced job, let's get into it! Yeah! This is a first for me, because I've never done Brazilian-style aquascapes before. I've never done it, because I'm a big Iwagumi fan. I know that nowadays I build a lot of woodscapes, Riuboku, or Mizube-style scapes, which is wood only, or wood and  rock combination formations. And the reason for that is that I really  like to step out of my comfort zone and try myself in new areas of scaping. And I started with Iwagumi scapes  and I still love doing those. So right now I'm moving back to the  Iwagumi-style with this hardscape, but it's gonna have a twist. The Brazilian-style differs -  at least in my definition -, differs from the Iwagumi, by adding  a lot of stem plants to the background, not using a minimalist style of planting  and having an abundance of plants all over the tank. There's gonna be a lot of  details added by the plants, there's gonna be a lot of  shadow added by the plants. I also want to add another layer  with the plants in the background, behind these rocks here. So layer No.1 is the sand, layer  No.2 are the foreground rocks, layer No.3 is the space with the  foreground plants behind these rocks here, all the way to the big structure in the back. The big structure in the  back is layer No. 4, right? Yeah, the guys are helping me out! You know that I'm not very good with numbers. Layer No.5 are the stem plants that  I'm gonna plant in a moment. And then layer No.6 is the background. I would say that these are small rocks here... Which might have to be replaced with bigger ones, to accentuate that sixth layer even more. Three types of Rotalas... Which are the main stem plants that I'm going to use in the background. I've got the Rotala green, which is right here. This has been used in a previous tank of ours. The other one comes from the  nursery in this condition. Perfectly healthy, but it has  different types of leaves, these are the immersed  leaves for the Rotala green. So you see the difference between these two. The second main plant is the Rotala H'ra. I want to use this in here, behind these  rocks on the left side in the Golden Ratio, to draw some attention to that  Golden Ratio point with colors. I'm using the color as a point of  attention in the tank in this case. And the third Rotala, which  is also the main plant here, is the Rotala rotundifolia. This one is Rotala green and  this one is Rotala rotundifolia. You can see that this is  probably a little bit yellowish, so you have all these three Rotalas, the Green, the Rotundifolia and the  H'ra, with the same leaf structure. And I want to add another plant, which is the Pogostemon erectus. Let me know how many plants  I'm gonna use, the bets are off. Okay, so this is how a Pogostemon  erectus would look like with time. A lot longer leaves, but it  goes well with the Rotalas. I'm going to use the Juncus repens, which I learned from Filipe  Oliveira during his workshop, that it looks good in between the stems, so it gives a little bit of dirtiness,  a little bit of detail to the stem. Are you looking at me? Pogostemon stellata, I have  to use this very carefully, because it has big red leaves. And a lot longer than all the others. So I need to use just one pot of this. So I'm going to start with  planting the Rotala H'ra. Can you read it? Comment below. Did you check it with a Japanese friend? I have a Japanese friend, who is from... Oh you've got a Japanese friend? Not mine, my previous girlfriend's sister's... Aquascaping relay! That was not a good thing. But  we've got the bamboo sticks. So I'm going to use them as  reference for the background, as the Japanese do. I just realized that you guys don't  see what's happening in the background, because it burns in. So what I'm gonna do is I'm gonna  take some geotextile to the back. So this is where the Rotala H'ra will go. And for planting, I'm using  the ADA Pro Pinsettes M. I just call it tweezers. This is  my favorite tool for planting. We're not gonna see the H'ra  that I'm gonna plant right now, because it is going to be behind the rock. But in a week, or in two  weeks, it's gonna grow out. I'm planting very densely, one  bunch right next to the other, as densely as possible, to  have a very strong biomass, and also to have the final  look as quickly as possible, because of the shooting of these videos. These are going to be trimmed down, so they're not gonna go up to the surface. They're gonna be probably stopped  right next to the surface. Next step is Pogostemon erectus, and I'm  going to actually use the smaller ones. I'm moving along the rock,  planting it along the rock. Now we're moving to the Rotala green. We found nine more pots of Rotala green and they're gonna come to the right side. I'm going to use the Pogostemon  stellata in the back left corner. I'm going to use the Hemianthus micranthemoides, that I planned to use behind  everything in the back, because it has a slightly smaller leaf structure, so it will look more distant in the scape. This line will also connect the  Rotala H'ra with the Rotala green. So it's gonna stretch behind the Green as well. This is where the Hemianthus  micranthemoides will reflect. Something that's not visible from the front, but is visible in the reflection. The last background plant that I'm  gonna use is the Juncus repens, which is gonna grow high. It looks like a grass. So I can see the Rotala greens in the reflection. The stem plants are all in. The Tenellum red is a red plant and  I plan to have it in the foreground, in this spot here, right? I'd really like to use some  Hemianthus callitrichoides 'Cuba', - which is a very a small foreground plant -, in the right side there. I might even plant it in the sand. It's not gonna grow that fast,  but it's gonna stay there, because I want some very light  spot, that would close the line and attract the viewer's eye  and lead it to the reflection. I swear I wanted to have the Araguaia  here instead of the Tenellus red. So this is what happens if  you add 24 types of plants and you don't know what you're doing, because it's your first really  sophisticated Brazilian-style scape. So I'm gonna take this out,  use it everywhere else, and plant this instead. Now the proper plant. Hygrophila lancea Araguaia. Tenellus is good, but it's  not as red, as this one. Marsilea hirsuta, which is a darker plant, that will go up on this terrace here, because this is a dark spot and I want  to have a darker green plant in here. Staurogyne repens. Pogostemon helferi. A little bit of Monte Carlo will grow in here. You can see that the wild look in this  scape has already started to disappear by adding all the plants, the  contrast started to disappear. It's gonna come back somewhat, when the plants are more lined up. I'm going to use the Bucephalandra here and put them in dark spots,  to accentuate the look. Anubias mini. It gives a lot of character  to that spot where I add it, so... I've got some more Crenata, which will  most likely go in this very dark spot. Josh Sim has mentioned in his Masterclass, that even if you have dark spots, it's very important, to have a lot  of details in those dark spots. So by a little bit of dark-colored  plants, just a few of them, in those dark spots like here, you see that  you already have some detail in that area. And it's not completely black, you kinda  see some dark green color in there. So what if I used the  Tenellus red also in between? That's just gonna grow out from everywhere. This will connect the different scape elements. Cryptocoryne parva. I'm moving to Cuba, which  will go behind Monte Carlo. And then the Crenata at last. I will start the Crenata from the left side and bring it up all the way to the top. Pinnatifida, which is the crown,  that should be used in this scape. I really need to keep this very, very low. And I still have the Utricularia,  that's gonna be a light spot, it will catch the attention. Last step, I'm gonna start gluing with  the Green Aqua Gel Type Superglue. I've got an ADA moss here, I  don't know the name actually, because this is... Callicostella prabaktiana. Next one is Riccardia moss. This is the last moss, that  I'm going to use today. Three and a half hours of planting. I swear I didn't plant this  much for one planted tank - ever. After one hundred and something  pots, you will keep track... I'm gonna have to count later,  because I'm so tired now. We are ready. I'm going to  fill it up with water now and let's see how it progresses. It progressed nicely. Two weeks  have passed by since the last shots and I see no algae whatsoever. I had to trim the Rotalas a little bit. I think this aquarium turned out really nicely, the water is crystal clear. I used a total of 104 plants  and 27 species in total. So that's a lot. There's virtually no algae,  everybody loves this tank. And I promised you guys a twist at the end. IAPLC 2020, position No.7. Luca Galarraga from Brazil. That was my inspiration. Only two comments under the  previous video have mentioned this. I want to give credit to Luca, he's one of the best aquascapers in the world. And I think that this tank is a living proof that you can get inspired by good aquascapers. And you will have a completely different tank, because the position of the rocks is  maybe similar, but somewhat different. They are different rocks, I'm  using different types of plants, except for the Rotala placement, the Rotundifolia on the right side and the  H'ra on the other side, on the left side. It's very difficult to explain to  you, while the tank is behind me. Anyways, I hope that you like this video. If you did, do not forget to hit that  like button, to support the channel and to bring these videos to a wider audience. Your help is much appreciated. We'll see you next week, goodbye! [Narrator] Next week on Green Aqua. Lighting tutorial version two. 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