Iwagumi style is like Chinese landscape painting, beautiful, artistic and poetic, but sterile. There is a lot of real estate in this ADA Iwagami aquarium in Tokyo which is the largest in the world, but has the smallest, single species of fish-- hundreds of cardinal tetra.The 180cm iwagumi looks like a bit of a waste of real estate to me, but the rest are beautiful scapes!
The black water apistogramma in that tank is amazing.I like how ADA often use rarer fish that aren’t the usual harlequins etc that we often see in aqua
You guys are spoilt for fish over there. In Australia we have to pay crazy prizes for uncommon fish. Apistos are often $50 each.There are so many suitable fish people can use if they think outside the box a little bit.
Well start from a more skeptical position:
- Is that how they run their tanks or is that how they’re presented for filming for a calm aesthetic?
- Always run like that? Not differently at startup, then different again once plant mass is established?
- If you had an efficient and established system, why wouldn’t low turnover and preservation of dissolved gases through low surface agitation be enough to carry the system 24/7?
I imagine its like any plant in the garden: it grows untill it falls over/breaks/rots and from the root/remaining bits of stem, new tops form. The tops of the rotted stems float away and land somewhere else, forming new plantbeds occasionally.In the maintenance video, it said that stems can only be topped a limited number of times before having to be uprooted, chopped, discarded the bottom, and replanted.
I understand the maintenance routine but don’t understand how in nature stem plant beds can be self established.
I guess it is to do with the limited number of "axillary buds", these are the (normally dormant) buds in the leaf axils. They contain the meristematic tissue that can grow a new plant. Plants potentially have <"totipotency">, the ability to regenerate a plant from a single cell, but for most plants they can only regrow <"from meristematic tissue">.it said that stems can only be topped a limited number of times before having to be uprooted, chopped, discarded the bottom, and replanted.
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