#36: 180L Aquatic Garden Plantonic Love

Kemal SAKA Ankara, Turkey


You should get an extra point or two for your clever title! Your plants are healthy and attractive but despite the fact that you seem to have tried to use the Rule of Thirds there is no clear focal point to your layout. Try trimming your lovely palnts into more distinct clumps. Also avoid the sharp division of your foreground planting in the middle. This is another tank where the Alternanthera isn't working particularly well in its current position in the right front. If you feel you must use it try moving it toward the back.
— Karen Randall
You understand the ratios quite well and the plant groups are solid. My only comment is simple. Less is more! and no matter what tall to medium to small will benefit the look of your design. The ratios do help but don't forget the basics.
— Luis Navarro

Aquascape Details

Dimensions 100 × 50 × 50 cm
Title Plantonic Love
Volume 180L
Background Black filmstrip background.
Lighting MH + T5 combination applied.
Lighting Consumption: 0.5 Watt/Liter.
Lighting Fixture: Handled as a “DIY“ project.
Fotoperiod: 10 Hours/Day= T5; 6 Hours/Day= MH
Filtration Biological Filter: Not used
Mechanical Filter: External Filter (Eheim Echo Canister 2236)
Plants 1. Glossostigma elatinoides,

2. Lilaeopsis Carolinensis,

3. Micranthemum umbrosum,

4. Ludwiga Repens,

5. Alternanthera Reineckii Red,

6. Hygrophila Difformis,

7. Bacopa caroliniana,

8. Eleocharis acicularis,

9. Didiplis Diandra,

10. Myriophyllum matogrossense red,

11. Echinodorus bolivianus,

12. Nuphar Japonica,

13. Lymnophila Aromatica,

14. Echinodorus Osiris
Animals Fish:
10 Barbus Titteya,
10 Hemigramus Erythrozonus (rummy-nosed tetra),
10 Hemigramus Bleheri (glow light),
4 Corydoras Trilineatus,
4 Ancistrus Temminckii (brislenose).

4 Applesnail,
4 Red Cyrstal Shrimp.
Materials Buttom substrat: Aquaclay + “DIY” natural elements mixture. Mango driftwood used, with rockless decoration.
Additional Information Date of Establishment: Oct. 2005,
Aeration Pump: Not used,
Heater: Not used,
Circulation Pump: 2 x 300Lt/Hour (Eheim Compact 1000),
Co2 enrichment: Handled as a “DIY“ project (Active reactor),
Macro Fertilization: Handled with “DIY” mixtures,
Micro Fertilization: “Easy Life Pro” (commercial),
Co2 Source: Computerized, pressurized CO2 system,
Water change: Weekly %20,
PH: 6.40 – 6.52 (digital reading),
KH: 3-7 dH (by Tetra),
GH: 5-10 dH (by Tetra),
Co2: 25-35ppm (by JBL) + KH/pH table,
O2: Day: 8ppm, Night: 6ppm (by JBL),
NO3: 10-20ppm (by Sera),
Fe: 0.1-0.6 ppm (by JBL),
Water temperature: 20-27C.

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