#131: 25L Aquatic Garden: At Forest's Gate
Tom Messenger, Monks Eleigh, Ipswich Suffolk England | E-mail: messy_da_legend at hotmail.co.uk
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Awards and Judge Comments

Very pretty tank. It definitely has a "deep forest" feel to it!

Karen Randall

This scape feels a little chaotic, but has wonderful contrast and "age". The moss and hydrocotyle work well together in this tank.

Tony Gomez

Aquascape Details

Tank Size
40 x 23 x 27 cm (16 x 9.1 x 11 in)
Volume
25L (7 gallons)
Background
Black sheet
Lighting
24w x1 compact T5 and a T8 reflector cut to size
Filtration
Elite Mini internal
Additional Information
Fertlisation by way of ADA Brighty K, Special Lights and Step 1. I used a JBL Profi2 CO2 kit, running at 1bps through a glass/ceramic diffuser. Water changes were done weekly, at 50% using rainwater. This tank was designed to represent the edge of a dense forest. I have tried to recreate the thick growth of the forest floor, along with the old trees and a pathway leading inside.
Title
At Forest's Gate
Plants
Java Moss (1), Xmas Moss (2), Riccia fluitans (3), Glossostigma elatinoides (4), Mayacca fluviatilis (5), Didiplis diandra (6), Hydrocotyl sp (7) ,Cryptocoryne var. Balanese (8)
Fish/Animals
Emerald Eye Rasbora x 10, Cherry Shrimp x 5, Ottocinclus x 3
Materials
3 Rocks from AquaJardin, and locally collected driftwood. I used ADA Aquasoil Malaya and silver sand for the substrate.