#131: 25L Aquatic Garden At Forest's Gate

Tom Messenger Monks Eleigh, Ipswich, England


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

Dimensions 40 × 23 × 27 cm
Title At Forest's Gate
Volume 25L
Background Black sheet
Lighting 24w x1 compact T5 and a T8 reflector cut to size
Filtration Elite Mini internal
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)
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.
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.

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