#721: 28L Paludarium The Three Old Trees

Jonas Loose Hamburg, Germany

Awards and Comments

Second Place
Extremely well done! I particularly like the hardscape.
However, I wouldn't have evenly dispersed the blooming T. ionantha but rather have them in random groupings for a more natural look.
— Cory Nudelman
Although there's still negative space for interest, I really like how most of the tank is filled in by the scape. It really frames things in and makes you forget that this is in a glass box. The place selection is very appropriate as well. All of the fine textures really give a nice sense of scale which is solidified by the selection of fish.
— Tanner Serpa
Very pretty and the plants are vibrant with health. There are many too many fish in 28 liters, however! Please keep in mind what a small body of water this is. Your first responsibility is to the animals you keep! The tillandsias are a little too evenly spaced across the top. They end up pulling the eye out of the scape.
— Karen Randall

Aquascape Details

Dimensions 60 × 30 × 16 cm
Title The Three Old Trees
Volume 28L
Background Clear Garden Ambient Screen 60P Light Background
Lighting ONF Flat One 60 Pendant for 10 hours a day
Filtration Eheim miniUP
Plants Aquatic Plants (emersed&submersed)

Mosses:
Riccardia sp. "chamedryfolia", Vesicularia ferriei 'Weeping Moss', Taxiphyllum alternans "Taiwan Moss", Plagiomnium cf. affine, Fissidens sp. "Mini", several unknown Mosses

Epiphytes: Bucephalandra sp. "Catarina", Bucephalandra sp. "Deep Purple", Bucephalandra sp. "Theia", Bucephalandra sp. "Kedagang", Bucephalandra sp. "Mini Needle Leaf", Bolbitis heteroclita "difformis", Anubias barteri var. nana 'Paxing', Anubias barteri var. nana 'Petite' ('Bonsai'), Anubias gracilis

Floating Plants: Phyllanthus fluitans

Foreground: Marsilea crenata, Eleocharis sp. 'Mini'

Midground: Utricularia graminifolia, Ranunculus inundates, Nymphoides sp. 'Taiwan', Eriocaulon cinereum, Hydrocotyle tripartita "Mini", Hydrocotyle verticillata, Cryptocoryne parva, Micranthemum tweediei, Cryptocoryne x willisii "nevillii"

Background: Eleocharis acicularis, Eleocharis sp. "montevidensis"

Terrestrial Plants:

Orchids: Lepanthes telipogoniflora, Lepanthes calodictyon, Mediocalcar decoratum, Trichosalpinx chamaelepanthes, Mediocalcar umboiense

Ferns: Davallia fejeensis, Humata heterophylla, Actiniopteris australis

Tillandsia: Tillandsia ionantha fuego, Tillandsia ionantha rubra

Other: Ficus scandens, Selaginella uncinata 
Animals Fish: 15x Paracheirodon simulans, 3x Trichopsis pumilus, 3x Otocinclus affinis
Shrimps: 10x Neocaridina davidi "Red Sakura" , 3x Caridina multidentata
Snails: Clithon sp., Planorbella duryi duryi,
Materials Mini Landscape Rock, Spiderwood, Red Moor Wood, Muehlenbeckia, ADA Aqua Gravel S, ADA Colorado Sand, Tropica Aquarium Soil
Additional Information To keep the scape moist I installed a EXO TERRA MONSOON misting system, a TRIXIE REPTILAND FOGGER and a EHEIM compactON Pump to pump water into the Trees.

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