Entry #34: 340L Aquatic Garden: Natural Bridge
Karl Kemnitz, Rochester Hills Michigan USA | E-mail: ka350kaptain at comcast.net
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This is a nicely laid out tank, but it just needs some more time to develop. It takes even longer with a slow-growth tank like this to reach optimum growth. OTOH, it stays nice much longer, with less work too! I would consider, however, re-thinking your decision to avoid liquid fertilizers. Your E. tenellus is looking a little pale. It would do much better with some trace element supplementation.


Too much blue backdrop. This would improve considerably with more background plants.


The Anubias attached to the driftwood is very well designed and aquascaped. It makes for a good centerpiece in the tank. Moving some of the other plants and allowing the foreground to develop will improve this tank dramatically.


Aquascape Details

Tank Size 122 x 46 x 61 cm (48 x 18 x 24 in)
Volume 340L (90 gallons)
Background Blue plastic aquarium background
Lighting 2 X 96 Watt PC
Filtration Everclear wet/dry filter and sump. Filter pad with no carbon normally. 3 gallons of bio-balls. Rio 3100 pump for return. Pressurized CO2 system through DIY reactor connected to return line.
I use root tabs in the substrate, and try to avoid liquid fertilizers. This is a low light tank which requires very little maint. I've only been in the live plant realm of the hobby for about a year and I am addicted!
Title Natural Bridge
Plants Anubias Barteri, Anubias Coffeefolia, Echinodorus Tennellus, Cryptocoryne Balansae Green, C. Walkeri, C. Wendtii
Fish/Animals Corydoras Jullei, Ottocinclus Affinis, Pterophyllum Scalare spp., Crossocheilus Siamensis, Moenkhausia Sanctaefilomenae, Caridina Japonica
"Razorback Red" aquarium gravel mixed with Laterite, petrified wood, lace rock, and Malaysian driftwood to form the "bridge" which has most of the Aunbias growing on it.