A message from rad-aquascapes
hi, I was wondering where you acquired your "wabi balls"? I'd love to buy or learn to make them. thank you!

I made these ones :)

Crimson Sky Aquascape by John Findley

The 20-minute 20l aquascape — aka Aquascaping for Dummies :))Using emersed wabi-balls, this aquascape took no longer 20 minutes to set up, from scratch. I used 2 wabi balls of a mix of plants, previously kept emersed. I used a layer of sand, some lava rocks and a branch for a basic layout. I placed the wabi balls on the top of these, and I added some mosses to cover the bottom of the balls.
Technically, the setup uses a hang-on filter with 400l/h nominal capacity, with added biological filter media (3rd pic) and a 13W light fixture that I operate 5 hours a day (the tank is in a very light room). This is Day 9, without any water change so far. No sign of plant decay or algae (the water is extremely hard, which may causes problems later on). The fertilisation is provided by the ADA Multi-Bottom tabs, built into the balls.
The tank is inhabited by some red cherry shrimps and two male red albino guppies. 
The 20-minute 20l aquascape — aka Aquascaping for Dummies :))Using emersed wabi-balls, this aquascape took no longer 20 minutes to set up, from scratch. I used 2 wabi balls of a mix of plants, previously kept emersed. I used a layer of sand, some lava rocks and a branch for a basic layout. I placed the wabi balls on the top of these, and I added some mosses to cover the bottom of the balls.
Technically, the setup uses a hang-on filter with 400l/h nominal capacity, with added biological filter media (3rd pic) and a 13W light fixture that I operate 5 hours a day (the tank is in a very light room). This is Day 9, without any water change so far. No sign of plant decay or algae (the water is extremely hard, which may causes problems later on). The fertilisation is provided by the ADA Multi-Bottom tabs, built into the balls.
The tank is inhabited by some red cherry shrimps and two male red albino guppies. 
The 20-minute 20l aquascape — aka Aquascaping for Dummies :))Using emersed wabi-balls, this aquascape took no longer 20 minutes to set up, from scratch. I used 2 wabi balls of a mix of plants, previously kept emersed. I used a layer of sand, some lava rocks and a branch for a basic layout. I placed the wabi balls on the top of these, and I added some mosses to cover the bottom of the balls.
Technically, the setup uses a hang-on filter with 400l/h nominal capacity, with added biological filter media (3rd pic) and a 13W light fixture that I operate 5 hours a day (the tank is in a very light room). This is Day 9, without any water change so far. No sign of plant decay or algae (the water is extremely hard, which may causes problems later on). The fertilisation is provided by the ADA Multi-Bottom tabs, built into the balls.
The tank is inhabited by some red cherry shrimps and two male red albino guppies. 

The 20-minute 20l aquascape — aka Aquascaping for Dummies :))
Using emersed wabi-balls, this aquascape took no longer 20 minutes to set up, from scratch. I used 2 wabi balls of a mix of plants, previously kept emersed. I used a layer of sand, some lava rocks and a branch for a basic layout. I placed the wabi balls on the top of these, and I added some mosses to cover the bottom of the balls.

Technically, the setup uses a hang-on filter with 400l/h nominal capacity, with added biological filter media (3rd pic) and a 13W light fixture that I operate 5 hours a day (the tank is in a very light room). This is Day 9, without any water change so far. No sign of plant decay or algae (the water is extremely hard, which may causes problems later on). The fertilisation is provided by the ADA Multi-Bottom tabs, built into the balls.

The tank is inhabited by some red cherry shrimps and two male red albino guppies. 

Happy birthday, Mr. Amano!

Canon EOS 5D Mark II

The fantastic reds of Rotala marcandra in a very tastefully cmposed tank, calledHalloween sur l’Amazone

Dexter, new season :)

Absolute — and probably accidental — beauty on this closeup by CAS Aqua, from India. Even the limescale-marks and the reflections align perfectly with the overall impression of a tropical landscape - after a hurricane. I don’t know what was the original intention, or how the complete scape looks like, but I definitely adore this detail on this actual image. 

Not like your usual artificial aquarium decor: Aquaflora presents various ready-made accessories for a beautiful planted aquarium — this bonsai actually is a handcrafted piece of artificial wood that once planted with Anubias looks like a real bonsai tree. This company has the potential to fundamentally change the aquarium business with their easy easthetics and their soon-to-be-opened webshop.

Bucephalandra tank by Watana (via Xylema)

A message from join-together
Hi! I am quite new to aquascaping. But I have kept fishes for years and learned how to keep the aquarium perfectly healthy without a filter. Now I decided to make a shrimp tank (12l) and I need a bit of help? a) lighting? b) I like to have easy plants....? c) how many shrimps can I have in a 12l? also one a bit different question: what is the name of the plant that looks like shamlock? Thank you very much!

Hello there!
You may go on with a no filter aquarium if you don’t plan to have fishes, and you already know how to keep it healthy like that. The plant you are looking for must be Hydrocotyle tripartita japan — just google it to check. It is a hardy plant that could thrive in less than ideal circumstances, too. As to the number of shrimps — they regulate their population quite well — I’d start with easy ones, such as Red Cherry Shrimps — especially in a tank without filtration. Start with 10 and you’ll see their population growing until they don’t decide not to reproduce anymore — they’ll know what is the right number for them. The only thing is that they need fairly hard water. The same is true for all kinds of shrimp (population-wise), but the more expensive ones usually require soft water and well regulated temperatures. I hope this helps — and good luck!!