#51: 96L Aquatic Garden: Oriental Wind
Ilyas Aydemir, Samsun Turkey | E-mail: ilyasaydemir at mynet.com
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I like the plants growing up the driftwood, yet not obscuring its form. The background is distracting, however, as is the very visible equipment in the corners. WHile the Riccia carpet is stunng at the point this photo was taken, we know that it does not make an easy long-term ground cover. I hope the aquarist has a plan for succession when it all pops to the top!


Nice selection of plants but the riccia area seems out of proportion to the rest.


Nice looking tank. The riccia foreground is very nicely done. The Nymphae is nice and healthy, but would be better in the middle of the tank with the Vesicularia sp. The left side of the tank could use some planting in place of the java moss and the plants behind the driftwood should be narrowed to a couple of species and filled out.


Aquascape Details

Tank Size
80 x 30 x 40 cm (31 x 12 x 16 in)
96L (25 gallons)
Woods, gravel and rocks photos (commercial)
5x18 fluorescent bulbs, period is 10 hours/day
Eheim-2213 external filter
Additional Information
CO2: DIY dual-bottle setup.
Fertilization: Daily regime, 0.5ml of Flourish, 0.5ml of Potassium sulfate, 0.25ml Flourish Iron, 1ml Potassium nitrate, 7.5ml Flourish trace added trice a week. When needed, special homemade solid fertilizer.
Water parameters: pH 6.5-7.0, GH 13, KH 5, NO2 0, NO3 5-10ppm. CO2 25-30 mg/L.
Water changes: At least 30-35% per week.
Heating (in winter): Heater-thermostat (about 100 watts).
Oriental Wind
Nymphaea stellata, Bacopa monnieri, Vallisneria spiralis, Ludwigia repens, Hygrophila corymbosa, Vesicularia spec., Limnobium spongia, Echinodorus bleheri, Cryptocoryne willisii, Cryptocoryne wendtii "brown", Microsorum pteropus, Riccia fluitans, Vesicularia dubyana
Hyphessobrycon scholzei (black-line tetra), Paracheirodon innesi (neon tetra), Hemigrammus rhodostomus (rummy nose tetra)
1.5" special substrate under Onyx sand, bogwood, rocks, driftwood