#24: 38L Aquatic Garden Anubias and Moss in Harmony

John Wheeler Newark, United States


This aquascape seems to be successful at what its owner wants it to do. It is a very pleasant and relaxing scene. The Sag. seems a little overwhelmed by the moss and doesn't make much of a positive contribution to the aquascape.
— Roger Miller
Plant some smaller anubias in foreground.
— Detlef Hupfeld
A great example of a low-light and low-maintenance tank. The moss has taken over too much.
— Chuck Gadd

Aquascape Details

Dimensions 51 × 25 × 30 cm
Title Anubias and Moss in Harmony
Volume 38L
Background black plastic
Lighting 2x15w NO flourescent GE Sunshine bulbs
Filtration Fluval 1 internal filter
Plants Anubias barteri, Vesicularia sp., Sagittaria subulata var gracillis
Animals Aplocheilichthys normani, Caridinia japonica, pond snails
Materials #1 sand blasting grit, granite, root wood
Additional Information The maintenance of this tank is very simple. Weekly 30% water change, monthly filter cleaning, trim once every 3-4 months. There is a small amount of Flourite and boiled peat under the gravel.

The idea for this tank is simplicity. Moss and other epiphytic plants have special qualities that lend themselves perfectly to simple layouts. They are serene and quietly dynamic, and their persistence is inspirational. The Sagittaria gives a vertical relief and a splash of lighter green.

I am aware that the color scheme of this tank is rather mute. It was intentional. Deep greens are very soothing to the eyes and soul, and the simplicity of this aquascape plays on the inherent stress relieving qualities that an aquarium can have. The textures of this aquascape are infinite.

The lampeyes are a natural choice for this aquascape. They share some of the qualities of the plants, but add activity, a touch of color, and a different kind of interest to play off the backdrop of green.

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