#779: 76L Aquatic Garden Submerged Garden

Sudipta Shaw St. Paul, United States

Aquascape Details

Dimensions 61 × 30 × 41 cm
Title Submerged Garden
Volume 76L
Background No background added.
Lighting Chihiros rgb 60 (older model) - 1.
Filtration Aquaclear hob 70.
Plants Ludwigia atlantis
Rotala enie
Ludwigia palustris mini 'super red'
Ludwigia arcuata
Rotala rotundifolia H'ra
Dwarf hairgrass
Limnophila aromatica 'hippuridoides'
Cuphea anagalloidea
Lindernia sp India
Ammania pedicillata golden
Rotala wallichii
Hygrophila pinnatifida
Ludwigia senegalensis
Alternanthera reineckii 'mini'
Alternanthera reineckii 'variegated'
Rotala mini butterfly
Anubias nana gold
Fissidens fontanus
4-5 species of bucephalandra.
Tonina fluviatilis
Rotala mexicana araguaia
Rotala tulunadensis
Ammania senegalensis
Ludwigia pantanal
Rotala macrandra red
Rotala macrandra variegated
Rotala macrandra mini type 4
Ludwigia white
Syngonanthus rio negro giant and
1 small hygrophila chai (extremely slowly growing).
Animals Sundandanio axelrodi (6), Sewellia lineolata (1), Shrimps (red cherry shrimp, crystal red shrimp, crystal black shrimp and Taiwan bee shrimp) - (50+).
Materials Driftwood and dragon stone.
Additional Information This is my 20 gal non-CO2 supplemented softwater tank. I have been using this tank as my backup for several difficult and colorful aquatic plants. It has been running for more than a year (setup on June 16, 2019). Although the colors and the form of plants are not as vibrant and full as compared to CO2 injected tanks, however I am more than happy to keep these plants alive. There is no heater in this tank and the temperature stays between low 70F to mid 70F for most of the year except about 3 months during summer when tank's temperature sometimes increases to 80F or slightly higher (I am in Minnesota and I don't have air conditioning in my apartment). I have noticed that the plants stay the healthiest and more vibrant in colder months than summer. I believe that lower solubility of gases (oxygen and carbon dioxide) coupled with higher metabolism rate of plants at higher temperature in summer months make it really difficult for plants to thrive in non-CO2 supplemented tanks. I have included the link of my Flickr album where I have been uploading images and occasional videos of this aquascape since the setup (except about 3 months in 2019).
Substrate - ADA Amazonia light.
Light - Chihiros rgb60 (older model).
Fertilizer - ThriveS (2-3 pumps, 2-3 times a week) and occasional addition of osmocote root balls deep under the substrate for certain plants.
Filter - Aquaclear 70 hob.
Maintenance - 40% weekly water change (remineralized ro-di water using Salty shrimp GH+).

I made the first image of the full aquascape on Oct 16, 2020 (significantly overgrown) using my dslr camera (I used the main Chihiros rgb60 as well as the newer RGB A451 plus model as light sources) and performed minor color corrections using Adobe Photoshop. I made the last image of the full aquascape on Oct 3, 2020 using my Samsung Note8 cellphone (Chihiros rgb60 as the only light source) and the image is straight out of the camera.

I will be happy to answer any further questions regarding this aquascape.

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