#708: 56L Aquatic Garden "Forests Suspended" - The Banyan Gardens

Hemal Peiris Colombo, Sri Lanka


The hardscape work is very nice but the planting and trimming is quite sloppy.
— Kris Weinhold
The design and execution of the hardscape of this aquarium is excellent to me !! I think it was a great effort on the part of its author. On the contrary the final photograph is far from perfect. If we want the viewer's eye to move towards the hole created as a vanishing point the amount of neutral space in the upper area of ​​the aquarium distracts us. The aquarium needs a longer maturation time for the planting and a smaller neutral zone in the upper part to be a top aquarium.
— Juan Puchades

Aquascape Details

Dimensions 50 × 32 × 35 cm
Title "Forests Suspended" - The Banyan Gardens
Volume 56L
Background Sandblast Sticker with back lighting effects.
Lighting Aquarium Grow Light and DIY LED Strip Light.
Filtration Filter - Atman, 1200 L/h external canister filter.
Plants A). Carpeting plants

1. Hemianthus callitrichoides
2. Micranthemum umbrosum 'Monte Carlo'
3. Hydrocotyle Tripartita
4. Eleocharis acicularis

B). Stem plants :

1. Rotala nanjenshan
2. Rotala rotundifolia "Ceylon"
3. Rotala rotundifolia sp. "Green"
4. Rotala rotundifolia sp. "Red"
5. Ludwigia arcuata
6. Mayaca sellowiniana

C). Mosses :

1. Taxiphyllum 'Flame'
2. Taxiphyllum sp. Peacock
3. Fissidens fontanus
4. Locally collected moss species
Animals 1. Hyphessobrycon herbertaxelrodi,

2. Neocaridina davidi (Yellow, Black),

3. Palaemonetes paludosus.
Materials Locally collected Driftwood and Stones.
Additional Information INSPIRATION -
Inspired by the "Great banyan tree" (Ficus benghalensis) Kolkata, India which "Floats" over a vast area, gives the birth to creating this suspended forest spanning throughout the aquarium footprint.


Tropica root tabs place under Tropica aquarium soil on top of Lava rock base layer.

Pressurized C02 (02 to 03 Bbs)

Seachem N, P, K and Seachem Iron and Flourish used as instructed with twice a week partial water changes.

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