#132: 20L Aquatic Garden Bonsai

Andrea Penna Milano, Italy


This is a pretty little aquarium the aquarist should be proud. I usually find aquascape "diaries" fun to read but in this case the lack of photos from the most recent aquascape makes this tank hard to judge. Most of the aquascapes in the photo appear to need some trimming.
— Phil Edwards
The images of the aquarium over time certainly demonstrate viability and it is interesting to view changes over time. In my opinion the first image is where this aquascape had its “magic moment”. The other images distract one from the very good layout that is displayed in the first image.
— Ricky Cain
An impressive job maintaining a heavily planted and very small tank over a fairly long period of time. It is easy to let fast growing plants like these take over in a tank of this size. That said the tank is almost TOO full of plants and ends up looking a bit jungle-y
— Karen Randall
Some part of the plants is covered with algae while other part looks good. Regular pruning is necessary for the stemmed plants.
— Takashi Amano

Aquascape Details

Dimensions 42 × 23 × 21 cm
Title Bonsai
Volume 20L
Lighting 3x11 Watts Compact Fluorescents: Osram Dulux S 860/11, 1x8 W Neon (2700 K)
Filtration Millennium 1000
Plants Glossostigma elatinoides; Eleocharis acicularis; Glossostigma elatinoides; Riccia fluitans; Hemianthus micranthemoides; Hemianthus callitricoides; Rotala rotundifolia; Rotala rotundifolia 'Green'; Vesicularia dubyana; Christmas Moss
Animals 8 Paracheirodon innesi, 8 Caridina japonica
Materials substrate: Akadama, Scott Osmocote for Lemon and Orange;
3 small volcanic rocks
Additional Information CO2 Askoll system, rechargeable, 10 bubbles/min. Timer 10/11/12 hours/day for "sunrise and sunset" atmosphere.
Water change 25% per week (KH 2, GH 5), 1 liter osmotic water every 2-3 days, Elos line Fase1, Fase2 and K40, alternating the three 1 ml per day.
It's not so difficult to manage this tank. The secret is to be patient and a good observer of your tank to understand what is happening inside. In my website I have a "diary" I wrote in italian language, and some technical and graphical data pages that may be useful.
pH 6.5-6.8. KH 2, GH 5, NO2 0, NO3 0, Fe 0, PO4 0

I putted pictures taken at different date to show how the tank is changed and how I changed it time by time.

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