What is this Tommy? I can’t take this! I can not take this! I can’t! I need to do something about this! Check this out! Check what happened previously on Green Aqua! Is this really yours? Today we’re gonna do something else. Today, we’re gonna scape this Styline set from Oase, the Green Aqua way. Welcome to the beautiful world of aquascaping! And what is the Green Aqua way? It’s the CO2, strong lighting, perfect hardscape. I started gluing together wood. Which I’ve never done before, but it works like magic. What I did is I glued these two pieces together, with the Impa Ancora glue. So what I’m trying to do, is to have a very complicated tree scape in this 70 liter tank. And by the end of this video, you guys are gonna see this one fully planted, the other one… You know, how it was. And you’re gonna decide, which one you like best. I already know the answer! So this is easy! I’m planning to put this in the background, behind the centerpiece, but the problem is that this branch is too long. Also, I need to cut the top, because this is a closed-top tank. We’re gonna glue this, and let’s see where it takes us! And everything goes back into its place. You can see that I’m fitting the light, every time that I place the wood back. Because I really wanna see the shadows and the highlights in the tank. We didn’t wash the hardscape. I think we should have washed the hardscape. But we’re gonna fill up the tank with water and we’re gonna drain it at the same time and we’re gonna wash everything through. It’s like a sculpture, I quite like it. I would encourage everybody, to buy a lot of small pieces and then tie them together, or apply glue, or whatever your style is. You can build really cool structures with that. Check this out! Would you be able to do this, just by using one wood? So what we have to do now is to find proper Red Moor wood branches and start to apply them onto the scape itself. I really need to add a lot of detail, using these Red Moor wood pieces for this, because it’s gonna have a sophisticated, very detailed look, end result! So I’m gonna glue the Red Moor wood onto the Iron wood now. I’m just gonna find a proper angle for that. The Red Moor wood and the Iron wood will be the same color. So with time, all of them are gonna be dark brown in color. We use the black glue here, because I think that the Red Moor wood and also the Iron wood will get brownish in color, almost dark brown. So actually the glue itself will disappear much better, if I use a darker glue. Pick up small pieces, apply them together. Use them like bricks, to build a house. This is the structure! You need to build it! You cannot buy it ready. For me, this was probably the most important element, in what Josh Sim said in his tutorial video. [Josh Sim] Ladies and gentlemen! Four pieces of Lego, to create this thing? You will know by now, it is impossible! To create the thing, that we are trying to do just now, you need a full set of Lego. Did you like the sound? Alright! I think the bulk of the hardscape construction work is ready, if not all of it! I’m quite happy with how it turned out to be! I already can tell you, that this is gonna be a maintenance nightmare! But anyways, we’re gonna take all the wood pieces out, we’ve got three of them. I’m gonna start to plant them outside the tank. First, I’m gonna just pinch these edges, tips down a little bit, because I said that I want to have a nice and natural look to the end of the wood. I’m going to start to add the moss first, because I need to tie the moss on the branches. I’m gonna use the ADA Terra Line. Okay, two are ready! A hundred to go! This is probably seven pieces of wood. Alright! I don’t think, that we need more. I’m gonna introduce the Anubias now. I will go with the Bucephalandra sintang and I’m gonna use my ADA small tweezers and add these into the cracks. So the whole thing will be green. I’m not using red plants at all! So what you can do is actually introduce the mat there, together with the moss. See? This is empty here. This was probably the total of what we used in the previous video for the whole tank. This I need to be very careful with, because this is gonna be in the foreground. I’m gonna leave the legs as they are, I’m gonna apply some moss between the legs. ’60s style! So let’s continue with the third and the last wood! And what I’m gonna do is the same like I did before. I don’t want uniform, big patches of something, on the wood. The more detail you have, the more variety you have, the better. I’m trying to use the moss in dark places. Below branches and stuff. That will look more natural, because moss usually grows on the northern side of trees. So this is a smaller plant. It can go into small cracks. I’m gonna start from the top. Because that’s more important, to be filled with plants. I’m just trying to find any spots that I’m missing. Okay! This is ready! So let’s introduce everything into the tank! We’ve been working for four hours and the tank is still empty. Oh no, I broke it, just as I introduced it! And I also introduced it upside down! Power Sand Advance S! This is the Base Layer Fertilizing Substrate, it’s absolutely needed. It’s a good quality substrate. It already has all the nutrients, that are needed for the plants. You can actually have it all the way to the front glass. No problem, because the soil will cover it anyway. And it’s not visible because of Oase’s black tape. I really like this set. It’s quite cool, it covers the bottom. I think Oase has made a good job with this. Except for the open top, but that’s my personal preference. General plant subtrate! We’re gonna have the ADA Amazonia. So I’m gonna put a screw on! This whole thing just became very hectic! Maybe I can drill it. I can feel that we are winning! Then finally we go to the Amazonia powder, which goes on top. I think I’m going to use some Frodo stones in the foreground. Okay, let’s add the sand! Oops! A total of four lights will go into it. Remember that the tank that we used before, only had two lights. But we’re gonna have CO2 injection, pressurized CO2 in this tank, so it’s much better, to have a vibrant and cool lighting. And we can do that, because we have CO2. I’ve got some Fissidens fontanus, which is a beautiful, beautiful moss. I’m gonna use this everywhere in the tank. We’re going with the Micranthemum Sp., which is basically Monte Carlo. I’m going to put Monte Carlo in the front. Staurogyne repens at the back. So I’m gonna start adding Monte Carlo in the background as well, along the path to the right side of the path. Three pots of Cyperus helferi to the background. I need more Anubias to the bottom of the trees. Okay, I’m gonna start to add the grass here, in the sand. I will just let it go. I don’t want the sand to be very sterile. Don’t forget, that we have substrate, clay-based substrate beneath. Beautiful Crypto parva! It will go here. See how cool it is? It adds a lot of nice detail now. Alright! We are done with the planting! We are done with the hardscape. 20:45, it took us seven hours to build this tank, versus two hours. I’m gonna fill it up with water now, because tomorrow I wanna show that to Viktor and Tommy. They want to see what I did and you guys are gonna hear their verdict. So here it is! Oh, hi there! Oh! I was supposed to do it with Viktor, but I don’t know where he is, but you’re here. [Tommy] So please, come with me!
[Steven] Okay, sure! Huge improvement, I think! What do you think? Very natural! So with the low-tech tank I think Balazs did his best. And I’m actually surprised, how well the plants grew in, considering there’s no CO2. You look at it, right away you can tell what it is. Right? Right away, you know what he was trying to do. It’s a forest! He had enough Lego pieces, to build the forest! Exactly! Very good sense of nature! I see good shadows and lights, nice highlights! There’s detailed pieces, but there’s also big, strong pieces. It feels very natural. I think that if Balazs wants to increase the level of this tank even more, one thing I would do is finish my trees. [Tommy] Okay! He actually has a YouTube channel, where he does these detailed explanations of aquascapes, so if you want more… SteveScapes, please check it out! Check him out! And for this video, well, it’s a huge improvement. So yeah, kudos Balazs! Yeah, it’s a forest! This is your work! That’s… Forget about it! Okay, so which one do you like better? The low-tech budget version, or the high-tech Green Aqua version? This is why we did these two videos for you guys, to see the difference between highlighting, CO2 injection, lush plants, versus maybe six months for the low-tech version. Feel free, to copy anything, that you like. You wanna see the original idea that I had? Here it is! This is a tank made by our Polish friends. I really like that tank. But you can see now, that there’s a big difference between that tank and this tank. So copying a tank is not a problem at all! Alright, so I hope that you guys liked this video. If you did, please do not forget to subscribe, hit that like button if you liked this work and if you liked this work better, than the other one! Don’t hit the dislike button, if you don’t! Anyways, we’ll see you next week! Goodbye!