I don’t think I have an easy task here, Because Tommy has scaped this iwagumi in a perfect way. And today, I gotta do this. And it’s not gonna be easy. Competition is on! Welcome to the beautiful world of aquascaping! I think I’m ready! How do you like this? Competition is on between me and Tommy. [Laughter] Hit the like button, if you like this video better! Alright, so the competition is on! But I’m not gonna compete, I’m gonna do something completely different. It’s gonna be an Iwagumi style, but it’s gonna be a monospecies layout, which means that it’s gonna have only one type of plant. And it’s gonna have three ingredients in the tank. We’re gonna have the Tropica soil. Thanks Tropica, for sponsoring this soil! We’re gonna have the mini landscape rocks, the black Seiryu stones, sponsored by Aquadeco, thanks again. And the Tropica sponsored Utricularia Graminifolia. It’s a carnivore plant actually, believe it, or not. This plant – as I told you in the beginning -, does not need base layer fertilizing substrate. The roots are gonna be deep in the soil, but not gonna go down that much. We’re gonna have a lot of soil in the tank. And I’m gonna show you how to “dry start method” this. The dry start method is obviously a procedure, where you plant these, and then you leave the tank empty, like moist, you’re gonna cover the tank and just leave the dumpy environment for this plant, to grow in the first say two weeks, or so. So you can see the difference between the normal Seiryu stones and the Dark Seiryu stones in the background. The normal Seiryu stones are more grayish, because it has a layer of Calcium on the surface of it. Actually if you’re very careful and you pour some acid on it, it will look almost the same as the dark seiryu. We’re not gonna try selecting the rocks, I’m just gonna bring in everything that I see here into the Gallery, and I’m gonna select it there. Oh cool! Vicki has brought me the best ones. This rock is very difficult to break. So what Matyi, our maintenance expert is doing, it’s that he’s pouring the Dennerle Plantahunter Baikal into that bucket, and just lets the wind blow the little particles away. So we’re cleaning it from dust basically, like that. I’m not sure, that this quantity will be enough for the big tank, for a 650 liter tank, but I’m gonna only use it along the paths, in the middle and in the foreground. Alright, so let’s start working! I’ve got the Baikal pebbles here with me. And I’ve got tons of stones there. Tommy! How many rocks do we have? He said 400. So we’ve got 400 kilos of rock here. This is quite exciting, because you guys will see the creative process, from the first moment. I have no idea, what I’m gonna do now. I will put some small rocks in the foreground first. That looks good! Alright, so this is the first stone, because I kinda like the structure of it. And the way that it has a plateau here. I’m gonna move this here in golden ratio, on the right side. I still have no idea what I’m doing. But you know, it’s progressing nicely. I’m trying to add some graduation towards the right. I’m not sure yet, where the big path to the back will be, or if it’s gonna be a path at all. This is the smaller pebble. I don’t wanna use a lot in the foreground, because I want the scale, the height of the tank to remain intact. So I’m just gonna add maybe half a centimeter, one centimeter at the front. So this is six bags right there. I can start putting in the big stones in the foreground, in the midground actually. Do not forget, that where’s dark soil now, it’s gonna be light green color. And I also wanted to have some paths of Utricularia, coming down from the top. I have the central chasm here, which is perfectly okay, but I kinda need paths now, so I will have to work on these curving lines now. This is nine bags so far in there. And I’ve gotta start working on the foreground as well. As we learned from Tommy, you’ve got to put in the small pebbles after you introduced the big ones. And this way, it will look very mixed. I’m introducing the biggest rock now. It’s gonna come in the midground as well. I think I’m gonna only have small rocks in the background, because I’m gonna elevate the substrate and when I did that, I think smaller rocks will look also big in the background. I almost broke the glass. [Sigh] Live dangerously! Scape! Don’t forget that the Utricularia is gonna be like 5-6 centimeters in the long run. And you cannot really trim that, so you have to always take that into consideration, when planting. I always want to have a lot of room for it, to grow. I keep changing it. I really need to raise the soil up on the left side of the tank. Twelve bags of Tropica soil went into this tank already, starting to take shape. I’m still thinking about the path. I wanna see, if I can add some perspective, by leading the lines backwards, with pebbles. I’m not happy with the flow of everything. [Danny] Why? So it doesn’t have lines. Should I rescape the whole thing? I could do this all day. [Sigh] I gotta ask Tommy’s idea. Is that cheating? You could use some small Seiryu stones on the path, or some Dennerle Baikal stones. [Balazs] Okay, so I took Danny’s advice and I kinda covered the main path with the pebbles and rocks and all. And now he’s missing the stone in the back, so I’m gonna listen to him and just put one in the back there. This whole thing is very flat. I wanna go up with something. The goodies. Hey, let’s start planting! Who’s gonna help me? Viktoria! And here you have your two-hour planting video. We’re gonna push in all the Utricularia pots as much into the soil, as possible. Only the tips are gonna be visible and then it’s gonna grow up from there. You wanna see the juicy details? When you’re building an Utricularia tank, you should use this plant alone, nothing else with it. And don’t add anything, but Brighty K to the water and you’ll be fine. Show your face! And tell them… [Clearing throat] Alright, so we’re kind of ready! Thank you ladies so much – for your help! I would’ve stood here for the rest of the next two hours, if you didn’t help, so thanks again. You’re welcome! Okay, so Tommy! Give me your final thoughts! [Tommy] I actually like it a lot! I like that this tunnel is being a but twisted towards the middle. Some concerns… About what? About some of the plants. If you look at those parts, they are actually just stuck into the rock. Not sure if the Utricularia is actually evolving there. [Balazs] Like an epiphyte plant. [Tommy] Yep! [Balazs] It’s different from all the tanks that we have here. Its contrast and its very bright colors… [Tommy] Two centimeters in the front and that’s it. [Balazs] Like this? [Tommy] Yep! Once a day, I like to open it up, at least halfway. The most important about opening it up is to get out all the clogged up air from inside and release some fresh air with CO2. So let’s do the two-week jump cut! Two weeks! Bamm! Two weeks have passed by! What happened? As you can see, most of the Utricularia had grown in nicely. You almost have one full batch of Utricularia in the center there. We’ve seen some fungus there, on the left side, and maybe two pots of Utricularia have melted, which is not a lot. So I’m gonna replace them now. Oh and before I forget, we introduced the CO2 diffuser here. Because we wanted to have some CO2 in the tank. There… And we’re gonna fill it up with water! Bamm! And another week has passed by and we filled it up with water. The Utricularia is doing fine, no meltaway, so I can testify now, that the Utricularia does quite well, if you do a two-week dry start method and then you fill it up with water. It’s not gonna melt away. We only have problems on the two sides, that I mentioned before. And those two sides have started to cover up nicely, but I added some pebbles there, to just cover the blank spots, just to be on the safe side. Actually, I didn’t tell you about the Utricularia, that it’s a carnivore plant. That doesn’t mean that it’s gonna eat your fish. Actually what it’s gonna do, it just gets the small, living organisms in your water and it’s gonna eat that. The Utricularia doesn’t tolerate nitrates, so you should actually only dose Brighty K, if you’re dosing anything in that tank. Other than that, I think we have a success. Tommy’s concerns were not justified, the epiphyte way of using Utricularia works perfectly. We don’t have a melt in these locations in the center, along that path there. And other than that, I think we’re ready. Three weeks into the lifecycle, the Red Neon Tetras have been added to the tank and I really love these little fish. They add a little color to this otherwise monochromatic layout. Let us know what you think! Vote below, by hitting the like button, or the dislike button! Shiny, right? I’m really proud of this! And I’m proud of our team, to have helped us into getting the 100k subscribers milestone, on the Green Aqua YouTube channel. Thanks to you guys! You are great, it’s because of you! We’re eternally grateful for that. So with that, I would like to ask you, to subscribe to the Green Aqua YouTube channel, if you didn’t do so yet. Hit that like button, if you like this work and I will see you next week with Josh Sim. He’s gonna present you a very, very interesting workshop. The aquascaping legends series continues. Stay tuned! Bye!


  1. Visiting your shop last weekend was a real highlight for me and i have to say after seeing both iwagumis in person i would give the win to you! The utricularia makes the whole thing just even more unique! I sadly couldn't make it to the workshop with Josh Sim (there is so much to see in Budapest), so i'm really looking forward to that video! I hope i can visit the gallery again in the future 🙂

  2. Absolutely love this tank! This is a dream tank and hopefully one day I will have something like this ?!! Awesome job man!!

  3. You guys are definitely awesome, my favorite channel about this hobby and you motivate me do be better and better with my aquarium which is actually my first one (50L, yeah not insane XD)

  4. Awesome balazs, really love the contrast between those dark rocks and the texture and bright green of the plants, also the background is dark in the bottom half? Looks really deep kind of mysterious, the fish add a lot with that tiny red, really like this one, congrats! Also for the 100k, I've been following u since u switched to English and as always cheers from Argentina ?

  5. remek video es realista nem vagjatok ki a bakikat se 🙂 es a 100k sub ert jaro plakat a ti erdemetek a csapatotoke mert mindig minosegi tartalmat biztositok szamunkra a kovetoknek ,igy tovabb nem reg emlekszem mikor a 30k at unepeltetek ,nagyot nottetek es csak igy tovabb ,es Balazs hogy tud az uveg nem szereti a kovet :))

  6. Great job again! Great team, great videos! You make scaping look so easy!
    P. S.
    Live dangerous (haaaaaa, I cried ???)

  7. Wow, this is beautifull Balazs, great tank, curious about the looks in 6 months or so.
    Congrats again on the YT medal, again we need to thank you guys and girls of GA for sharing such awesome scapes ,well maintained in your beautifull gallery. Thanks

  8. Buonasera, sono Mario prima di tutto complimenti per il canale, scrivo dall'Italia, non ha mai pensato di fare una trasmissione in TV? Esempio su Discovery? Secondo il mio punto di vista sarebbe un successo…

  9. Nice schooling behaviour from the red neons 🙂 my store never has these plant, maybe because it is not for beginners 😀 very cool layout with the black stones ? and no it's not a competition 😀 both layout, yours and Tommy's are great in its own way 🙂

  10. simple yet beautifully & intriguing, I could stare at it for hours, the neons really looks like they're flying, love those little guys

  11. Looking fantastic Balazs. Love the colour contrast. Great job. 🙂 In my tank, I noticed small black “period” sized black water fleas in the substrate (whenever you gravel the substrate). The UG has bulb-like traps under the substrate. These traps can catch these little animals and they don’t have any traps in the water itself to harm/catch anything. But theoretically, the more conditioned the tank becomes with micro fauna, the UG will get faster and faster. I am interested to see how you would trim it though…since it isn’t a grass.

  12. Looks cool!

    Love the Cardinal Tetras. I have some and love watching them schooling, but wow, they look awesome in such a big school!

  13. This aquarium is stunning. The limited elements and color contrast give it a attractive simplicity. Thanks for the video.

    One question, has anyone at Green Aqua ever shattered a tank?

    Thanks again, Jim

    PS: Someone needs to get you a geology chisel for your birthday. 🙂

  14. I didn't think I would like the finished product, but it may be one of my favorite scapes. I really like the contrast.

  15. Congrats for the 100K. ???
    Awesome scape and thanks for the inspiration. I wanna rescape one of my nano tank and i will do Iwagumi, using dark coloured stones. At list i will try?
    Thanks guys. You are all awesome ???
    Have a wonderful day.

  16. This is amazing. Tommy's scape was very sexy but GOD DAMN man this new scape look stunning and majestic especially with the hundreds of neons schooling. Simply Magnificent! oh and 100,000 congratulations on the YouTube recognition plaque and will look forward to seeing you holding the Gold one!

  17. Great video, and excellent breakdown of how to be successful with utricularia graminifolia. I definitely want to try something like this with one of my scapes in the future.

  18. Congratulations on your 100k milestone. You guys at Green Aqua deserve it. And to top it all off you gave all of us an amazing aquascape.

  19. i really like the way its look, a dark scape with a contrast green plants. but for me it feels like something is missing with the path. i wonder is it better to add cosmetic sand on there or just let it this way heheh but still this tank is amazing. love ur work here

  20. "welcome to beautiful world of aquascaping" this whole sentence really inspiring me…..keep you good work and motivate people like me ….lots of love from INDIA??????

  21. Very very beautiful, dramatic and eye catching, I really like it!! The only thing I would have done different is to leave the chasm free from plants and let it be a barren void surrounded by the lush upper plateaus on each side.

  22. Hey Green aqua team, you have been my one of my biggest inspiration used almost every information that u have provided. i have tried tested & have got some success on my planted tanks pond & hardscape your tips have helped me setting my Nano tanks many more countless information u gave that i cant thank u enough . i have tried to call msg & many more ways to thank you & share my joy . Kindly find my interview & my system i used in below link. Kindly Share your feed back will help to improve & do better. @ @

  23. Wauuu.excelent question..what routine manintenance whith this rock in thi tank npk, ppm calcium,magnesium and change water please.And congratulation for you big cannal youtube

  24. This aquascape reminds me for an alien planet. The little neons really fit to this iwagumi style, I love it! And congrats for your youtube achievement!

  25. Looks so good, i have never managed to keep utricularia but may have to give it another go now, have you guys considered doing any tanks with the dooa wabi kusa wall? im waiting for the new mist walls to be available before my next scape..

  26. Please, could you tell me which vacuum are you useing for cleaning, i am searching for days on the net something similar with a tap nozzle with trigger and continuous vacuum, cleaning with one hand and vacuuming with the other hand is for me the best to remove algae or simply clean spots by useing the trigger, i really wish to know if i can buy or build one, thank you very much indeed 🙂

  27. balazs…….. please help me, how i can control the severe grow of algae in my acuarium? only can be a crystal water two weeks and all my tubes and planta (artificial) turn marron-black?

  28. LOL i need 2 hours of planting videos thank you for so many ideas i just moved and have a brand new fish room and one 55 gallon and one 90 gallon to set up as focus points thanks again the placement of the rocks was perfect

  29. Awesome aquascaping !! I didn't know a minimalistic scape can look this beautiful !! One plant and some rocks , Voila !! ?

    Keep on scaping !! ?

  30. I love how it’s so minimal but still so stunning ? congratulations on 100k subscribers I only wish I subscribed years ago ?

  31. this is difficult plant to care -.-, that very wonderfull tank , is really need liquid fertilizer ? with that alot of soil full nutrition?

  32. I'm so happy you went with Cardinal tetras man. They really bring this scape together I think. Loved the video thank you! ???

  33. Very cool. It looks amazing but I dont think that counts as a 2 hour planting hahaha. I'm patient though so I will keep waiting on that one.

  34. I subscribe GreenAqua because of the beauty of aquascaping and because Vicky is here ??
    She is so cute ?? I like her????
    I'm waiting for the next Vicky video. I mean GreenAqua video ???

  35. Nagyszerű, valami egyedi, amit még nem igazán láttam a bemutató akváriumoknál nálatok! A neonok meg, telitalálat volt!

  36. I am preparing a filter for my aquarium so just wanted to clarify, first the water should pass through the coarse sponge, then matrix biomedia and then purigen. Its out of topic from this video but your advice would be highly appreciated. I always follow all your videos , good job guys ?

  37. Спасибо за видео! Это очень круто! Мечтаю приехать к вам, так как aquascape это моя жизнь)

  38. Congrats to you, and the entire Green Aqua family Balazs; well deserved my friend. By the way, that 180P is a spectacular looking scape.

  39. Hi Green Aqua Team I would like to challenge you by creating the best Planted Discus tank ever since many of us love discus to. Thanks

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