Welcome to the beautiful world of aquascaping! Welcome to the Green Aqua Gallery! [Applause] Yeah! [Applause] We are having an ADA workshop at Green Aqua! So ladies and gentlemen, without further ado, let me call to the stage the star of the day, Daichi Araki! And also, we have another guest here, and he’s none other, than Deputy Director of ADA, Mr. Yoshinori Kondo! Araki san is going to do the workshop. He is the youngest suikei creator at ADA. Suikei creator means layout creator, yeah? [Araki san] Yeah, aquascaper! [Balazs] Aquascaper. [Araki san] Yes! [Balazs] He is probably the last generation, that learned from Mr. Amano himself. [Araki san] In 2015, he created a 40 meter long tank. The Florestas Submersas in Portugal. Now I think it’s really beautiful, but we had many problems in the beginning – like algae. In the beginning, I couldn’t recover it, because 40 meters is huge. I couldn’t… I never did that, and I didn’t know everything. [Balazs] Now you know everything! Actually yes, actually yes! [Laughter] Mr. Amano called me every day, saying: “Make it better! Think about it yourself!” But he was not there, so that’s why I said “Okay”. “Okay, I understand.” Sure, sure! Hai, wakarimashita! Exactly! Yeah! [Balazs] The reason you are here, is when we visited the ADA Gallery, I was really inspired by one 60P tank. And I immediately said, that when you come to Green Aqua, I would like you, to make a similar tank here, in this. Araki san! [Balazs] Before we take the layout, I would like you to talk about the technology a little bit. [Araki san] Okay! This is a new cabinet. [Laughter] And this is a new light. [Laughter] Sounds good? Mr. Amano started this business about 30 years ago. We are taking over his spirit. Even in our course of product development, or like in our promotional activities. We want to move forward with the hobbyists, all of us. We developed this RGB light to show aquatic plants. Beautifully! For nature aquariums and aquascaping. It’s the same color as the Solar RGB, but it’s different from Aquasky G and Moon. Those are – I think – more yellowish, but this is more green. And the red color is also good. It’s not as strong as the Moon type. If you have too much light, you can get algae problems. So that’s why it’s reduced a little bit for like beginners and mid-level aquascapers. [Balazs] Let’s talk about the layout a little bit! [Araki san] Yeah, please! [Laughter] Let me explain the concept of the layout. The first concept is the epiphyte plants growing on the rocks, like that. Like an island. The Nature Aquarium’s main concept is to learn from nature, and to create nature. The second concept is… Ano (The)… PowerPoint? Hai (yes)! Sorry. Let me talk about the cabinet. Maybe… [Laughter] The second theme is Nature Aquarium in the interior. For me it’s important. Not to be too hard on maintenance. [Balazs] In the name of Green Aqua, thank you! [Laughter] [Balazs] Yesterday and today, you were arranging some wood in the warehouse of Green Aqua. And you made four different layouts. So this is my first hardscape. This is the second one, but very similar to the final one. I’m missing something here. So that’s why I added some more wood. I want to use a lighter, softer [impression] wood, so that’s why I prefer to use the branch wood. This is the main wood. I already tied a rock onto this, We don’t do this at ADA actually. But for this time, because this is gonna be on YouTube… He (Balazs) really wants me to do this shit, so that’s why! [Jurijs] I would like to know, why you don’t do this type of rock attaching with zip tie in Japan in the Gallery, and why you do it today. There must be a reason. We follow the traditional way, that’s it. And I don’t want to use artificial stuff. [Balazs] And you also don’t use glue. [Araki san] It’s also artificial, so it’s for the same reason. This time actually I already wrapped the moss and the Hygrophila Pinnatifida UK, which is the main plant of this layout. I use Moss Matt and cup – has no jelly, it’s just in water. First, we can wrap with big spaces. [Balazs] What happens if the moss is too thick? [Araki san] The lower part will die because of having no light and no water flow either. This is a Terra Tape, our product from DOOA. It can pull up water from inside the aquarium, so that’s you can make parts wet outside of the tank. [Mary] Everybody starts with pouring in the gravel. But you just start with the hardscape. This I find very rare and strange. It’s not strange actually. It depends on the layout. And this time, I’ll use soil and cosmetic sand. So that’s why. I want to make like a dam first, using stones. [Audience] Can I ask how do you choose the position for the moss? Do you have a philosophy? Almost the same as with ferns I think. I start from big points, like here. I use a lot of moss at the heavy points. When your eyes go outwards, there’s going to be less. [Balazs] Can you also explain to us the concept of a heavy point and weak point? What is it to you? Golden Ratio. So here is the center exactly, but I put the heavy point here. On the Golden Ratio. Today, I use Pinnatifida UK. UK stands for Uttara Kannada, which is a name of a village in India. And also for those of you, who do not know, we have, Green Aqua has ADA plants now. All these plants are coming from India. [Mary] I just wonder that what is your favorite plant? I really like the Nymphaea lotus, because it has a very heavy impression and a very good color. [Audience] If the mosses start to spread away, then it will cover the Pinnatifida. So what is your advice, to maintain the moss? I’m sure the Pinnatifida is growing faster than the moss. I don’t think the moss will cover the Pinnatifida. I think it’s even better for the roots of the Pinnatifida. How do you trim moss? The bottom part, the middle part and the upper part. [In that order.] If I start trimming at the upper part, the moss will fall down and cover the moss underneath. So it’s difficult to know, where I cut or not. [Balazs] Can you tell us how many Pinnatifida have you used? Seven cups I think. [Balazs] That’s a lot! Yeah, because I don’t pay, so… [Laughter] This part is the heavy point. I’m making space. I’m gonna plant many plants here, so that’s why I want to show more plants. I don’t arrange branches on the same line. Everything is on a different layer. So about the stone arrangement, I think it’s better to start from bigger. Bigger plants, bigger wood… Bigger stones. I’m arranging stones in a natural way. You should use many stones, I mean many different types. Mr. Amano always told me not to make a flower-bed, you understand. Even when we made that 40 meters tank, after we tried to do it, he said: “It’s boring.’ After finishing the arrangement of the stones, and we started planting or something, we were moving in the tank. We stepped on many stones and made the stones move. After that, Mr. Amano said: “It’s finally getting natural.” Don’t need to think about it so much. Just throw it in like this. Usually Mr. Amano didn’t explain things so much, he didn’t. So that’s why we just observed his work. [Balazs] What is your main idea behind placing these stones? I think I will try to make circles, but with a winding shape, not exact circles. I’ll make a wide line, to stop the soil. Today I’m gonna use La Plata sand, to make a brighter impression. So this is Power Sand, our product. We’re increasing the nutrition inside the soil. It’s also good for the water flow inside the soil. I made some space between the stones and the Power Sand. Can you see? It’s to keep nutrition from coming out into the water. Amazonia Version 2 has less turbidity, so that’s why it’s easy to set up. It also has less nutrition, so that’s why I enhance it with supplements. I’m pouring Amazonia Version 2 over the Power Sand and the supplement. I start from the heavy point. This part should have more Pinnatifida. I’m trying to follow the regular trend. Can I say it like that? I attach many Pinnatifida here, to the big places. For example here. The outside one is very small, to make it more balanced. The UK has more of a reddish color, than the normal one. Once you attach it to the wood, it will follow the shape of the wood. I will plant Anubias to the shadowed parts, because it’s strong in the shadowed parts. I don’t use Anubias nana, because the main plants of this layout is the Pinnatifida. So that’s why I think if I use Anubias, it’s too big, gives a too strong impression. How to plant the Anubias? It’s the same. It’s like moss – everything. Starting from the heavy point, it’s better to use the bigger ones. I see that you’re putting in Anubias, but is it attached already to wood, or lava or stone? Is it attached to something? I need to tell that, thank you. Yeah, it’s already attached to a stone, small stones. I start with the bigger ones, because this part is like a center of the portion. It should be big and the outside should be smaller, than the center. I hold it with my fingers. First, you can wrap it loosely. Vesicularia SP. is different than the Willow moss. This time I’ll only wrap them on stones. I’m gonna use the Terra Line from DOOA. This part has so many [stones], but this part has only one. Something like that, to make it random. Mr. Amano always said that nature should be random. [Balazs] While you are working, we have some online questions. Why should I not wash the soil, before I set up the tank? Oh, because it’s soil. He worries about turbidity, right? If during the setup you change the water, it’s gonna be over, so you don’t need to wash it. So the second question: What is your best memory of Takashi Amano? I’m in that 40 meters tank setup with Mr. Amano and I was in charge of the maintenance. In the beginning, I made him angry a lot. A lot. But for the opening ceremony, he came to Lisbon, and he said to me: “Good job!” That’s enough for me. Now I’m missing three more plants. It’s Eleocharis Vivipara, Cryptocoryne spiralis tiger and Hydrocotyle tripartita. Cryptocoryne spiralis tiger is the strongest out of those three. I’m gonna decide the place, where to plant the Cryptocoryne by a stick. Mr. Amano was doing it like that. That one is of course on the heavy point. [Balazs] Also, many people are divided between using moist on the soil before you plant, or just planting in dry soil. Oh! I’m sure it’s better to have it moist. When I plant at ADA, we fill the water until the same level as the soil. It makes the soil wet and easy to move. So first, I’m gonna plant the Hydrocotyle tripartita. My tweezers. I have my name on the tweezers. [Balazs] I think that Tripartita is also going to be a problem, because it’s gonna run everywhere. It’s fine, it’s fine. Should we go… [Laugter] I use grip-type tweezers for bigger plants, like Cryptocoryne, or something. I plant four pieces in the heavy point And two to each side, just to make the heavy point stronger. For all the remaining parts we will use Vivipara. I really want to use Vivipara. You know, I want to have plants, which make you feel the sway of the wind. I use only “tape-type” plants, like the Vivipara and the Cryptocoryne, for the background. Which means that I don’t use stem plants. So that’s why you don’t need to do big trimming. That’s why you can keep the good looks in your room, as an interior. So, everything is done! The biggest “weight of maintenance” is the Pinnatifida and the Vivipara. The Vivipara is the fastest grower. That’s why – in the beginning – you’ll need to trim it a lot. [Balazs] It will attract the eye too much, it’s gonna be too heavy in the background. [Araki san] Exactly! So that’s why you need to trim it – especially the upper part. [Balazs] Yes! [Araki san] To make it easier to see through. And also, if the Vivipara will gain too big of a volume, the water flow could get weak. If you keep less volume, you won’t get algae inside the aquarium. You swear? Yeah! [Laugther] I want to explain how to maintain the Pinnatifida. It’s like with ferns. It’s the same. If they gain too much volume, you’ll get a feeling of pressure, so you need to allow for a see-through. Thank you so much for being here! Let’s give a big applause to Araki san! So guys, if you did not subscribe to the Green Aqua YouTube channel, please do not forget to do that now! And hit that like button, if you like Araki san’s work! We’ll see you next week, right? Yeah! Yeah! [Laughter] Goodbye! Bye, cheers!