#520: 320L Paludarium Neon Ravine

Armands Končus Rīga, Latvia


Nicely done but I would soften your center substrate mound on its left side.
— Cory Nudelman
I really enjoy the way this design frames in the water feature with plants. The selection and textures of those plants also help make this a really enjoyable view. The waterfall and fog are the icing on the cake. Well done!
— Tanner Serpa
This paludarium has SUCH charm. I am in love with your waterfall cascade the way you have used your terrestrial plants and your wise choice of aquatic plants. But then... that bare bluish wall on the back! What a shame! Everything brings you into this intimate natural grotto and then you find yourself smack against a piece of painted glass! Fix that and it's close to perfect!
— Karen Randall

Aquascape Details

Dimensions 161 × 65 × 64 cm
Title Neon Ravine
Volume 320L
Background Foam board
Lighting 4x80W T5 fluorescent, 2x37w T5 LED, 1x58W t8 fluorescent
Filtration 120 liter SUMP with 1800 l/h return pump + 2 x 1800 l/h and 600l/h pumps for waterfalls
Plants Anubias barteri var. nana, Asparagus densiflorus 'Sprengeri', Asparagus falcatus, Asparagus setaceus, Asparagus umbellatus, Bolbitis heudelotii, Bucephalandra "Wavy Green", Cabomba aquatica, Coelogyne fimbriata, Cordyline "Red Edge", Cryptocoryne beckettii, Cryptocoryne undulatus "Red", Cryptocoryne wendtii "Brown", Elocharis acicularis "Mini", Ficus pumila, Fissidens fontanus, Hemianthus callitrichoides "Cuba", Hydrocotile leucocephala, Hydrocotile tripartita, Marsilea hirsuta, Muehlenbeckia maori, Ophiopogon japonica pussilus, Pogostemon helferi, Soleirolia soleirolii, Staurogyne repens, Taxiphyllum "Spiky", Tillandsia ionantha green, Tillandsia multiflora, Tillandsia xerographica, Ulmus parvifolia
Animals 20 Paracheirodon innesi, 20 Neocaridina davidi var. "Blue Dream", 10 Caridina multidentata, 10 Neritina pulligera, 10 Neritina natalensis, 8 Hyphessobrycon amandae, 8 Otocinclus affinis. 6 Corydoras sterbai, 3 Corydoras trilineatus, 1 Corydoras paleatus
Materials Driftwood, cork bark, small branches, local stones, ADA Aquasoil Amazonia, river sand, houseplants soil and hydroponic pellets.
Additional Information External CO2 reactor is installed after SUMP's return pump. Fertilizing - JBL Ferropol, KNO3, KH2PO4. Air plants are growing attached to cork bark and driftwood and get fertilized with sprinkled tank water once a week. Terrestrial plants can take nutrients from water through hydroponic pellets layer. Additionally their leaves get sprinkled 4 times daily from automatic misting system and they get additional moisture from two ultrasonic foggers.

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