#680: 20L Aquatic Garden Nature's Pure Beauty

Emma Shoshi Sanders Bristol, United Kingdom

Aquascape Details

Dimensions 36 × 22 × 26 cm
Title Nature's Pure Beauty
Volume 20L
Background White card
Lighting ONF Flat Nano+ at 60% brightness for 7 hours per day.
Filtration Oase Filtosmart Thermo 100 external filter
Plants Background: Myriophyllum guyana, Rotala rotundifolia, Didiplis diandra
Midground: Cryptocoryne x willsii, Lilaeopsis mauritius, Hydrocotyle verticillata
Foreground & carpet: Eleocharis acicularis ‘mini’, Glossostigma elantinoides, Hydrocotyle tripartita ‘Japan’
Epiphytes: Microsorum pteropus ‘trident’, Vesicularia dubyana, Hygrophila pinnatifida, Bolbitis heudelotii, Bucephalandra kedagang
Surface: Phyllanthus fluitans
Animals 4x Danio margaritatus (Juveniles)
1x Boraras brigittae
2x Caridina multidentata
3x Clea helena
Materials One piece of bogwood and two pebbles (was three but I removed one pretty early on due to over-crowding and it looking unnatural)
Additional Information I use Tropica Specialised Nutrition fertiliser and dose 0.5ml twice a week. I have recently cut down to just a weekly water change (as opposed to twice weekly) and use a mix of RO and tap water where the TDS usually sits around 130ppm and 6.6 pH. This scape is 4 months old so I've only trimmed the plants a handful of times, but the most common to be trimmed are the background stems and glossostigma in the mixed carpet.

I created this aquascape for a school project (an EPQ) with the motive of inspiring others and pushing my own aquascaping ability. I wanted to create my own part of nature and make a comfortable home for the livestock who would live in there; it's also my first high-tech aquarium with CO2 injection. I was first inspired by one of George Farmer's aquascapes at Aquarium Gardens which was a classic nature-style aquarium packed with tons of plants. I knew that this was the route I next wanted to take on my aquascaping journey and I'm chuffed with how it's turned out so far.

The message behind this tank is that nothing beats the pure beauty of nature.

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