#86: 38L Aquatic Garden A Little Green

Mary Alice Kropp Londonderry, United States


I think the aquarist has a good idea about what they want to do with this tank but the plant selection and presentation are getting in the way. The tank would look much better if the photos were taken under lights that did a better job of rendering colors. The echinodorus varieties in this aquascape should
quickly outgrow a 10-gallon tank.
— Roger Miller
Crypts and Echs seem to need some soil fertilizer.
Please plant more dense and some more tall plants
in background hide equipment.
— Detlef Hupfeld

Aquascape Details

Dimensions 51 × 25 × 30 cm
Title A Little Green
Volume 38L
Background Black posterboard
Lighting 2 x 20 watt screw-in type compact flourescent bulbs
Filtration Pengiun Mini (no biowheel)
Plants Cryptocoryne sp. (various),
Acorus gramineus var. variegatus- Variegated Acorus,
Echinodorus 'Rubin',
Echinodorus x barthii,
Vesicularia dubyana- Java Moss,
Rotala rotundifolia (indica),
Microsorum pteropus 'Windelov'- Windelov Java fern,
Sagittaria subulata
Animals Tanichtys albonubes- White Cloud Mountain Minnow (2),
Brachydanio zebra- Zebra danio (long-finned) (3),
Malaysian Trumpet snails (lots!),
Another small snail (a few)
Materials Flourite substrate, slopes from about 1.5" to 3" deep front to back and right to left.
A piece of Lava rock that the moss is tied to on the right side.
Flat stone to hold "hill" of Java fern of the left.
Smooth river pebbles forming a "path" front center left to rear.
Additional Information This is the small, low light, low tech tank on my desk here at home. It gets dosed with 1 ml of Flourish Excel daily, and twice weekly doses of liquid iron and trace mix, Flourish Nitrogen, Flourish Phosphate and muriate of potash.

The Acorus is really a terrarium plant, I know, but I seem to have pretty good luck with it in the tank, and I like the coloring. It's hard to find tall, thin plants that stay small enough for this size tank.

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