Dimensions 120 × 50 × 50 cm
Title Silent Pool
Lighting MaxLite Pro x2
Filtration Eheim Pro E3
Plants Mayaca fluviatilis, Glossostigma elatinoides, Glossostigma elatinoides var. "Platinum", Eleocharis acicularis, Eleocharis parvula, Riccardia chamedryfolia, Spiky Moss, Flame Moss, Java Moss, Hemianthus Callitrichoides, Micranthemum "Monte Carlo", Hemianthus Micranthemoides, Microcarpaea minima, Blyxa japonica, Helanthium tenellum, Helanthium tenellum "Broad Leaf", Hygrophila araguaia, Süsswassertang
Animals Orange-Fin Danio, Leopard Danio
Materials California Tom Barr Stone, California Tom Barr Manzanita Wood, Other Wood (assorted, unknown)
Additional Information This scape is not a biotope layout, but I was inspired by the ethos of biotope scapes in my approach. To do this work, I did intense research on alpine pools-- starting here in Japan, but moved on to studying Europe in order to flesh out depth of reference material. My inspiration comes from the images/video of these rare mountain environments, where snow melt and spring water forms clear blue pools hidden in forest, populated by Trout and the few other species able to reach them. Most aquascapes take on a tropical feel, because we are using tropical species. In this work though I tried to use material color, as well as fish/plant selection to bring the "temperature" of the layout's appearance down low--giving a unique expression of cold, clear, blue water.
I also included my concept illustration and and hardscape photos for reference.