#212: 288L Paludarium Crescent Melancholy

Changyao Peng Chengdu, China


What a shame that you have SUCH a stunning land area with such gorgeous planting and have not a single plant in the water area. Did you not read the rules? The water area planting counts for a huge part of your score! You cannot win without it! This is also many too many fish for this water volume.
— Karen Randall
Your attention to detail in both your planting and hardscape is superb especially in the development your land area. You've created a feeling of endless depth with your focal point. Including areas of moss covered vegetation at and below the water line amidst your detail stones would create a more seamless experience between land and water areas. Beautiful work overall!
— Alex Vella
This display showcases well-developed planting across expansive hardscape. The variety of plants utilized gives a great sense of scale. Some mosses in the midground of the emersed region show some poor health but plants elsewhere appear otherwise.

The usage of background lighting provides visual intrigue to the space especially enhancing the submerged portion which features well-developed hardscape providing a sense of flow. It would be beneficial to see this area planted though it is also pleasantly enjoyed with hardscape alone.

Overall a well-presented paludarium.
— Jack McCarley

Aquascape Details

Dimensions 80 × 60 × 60 cm
Title Crescent Melancholy
Volume 288L
Background no
Lighting NIKO led land and water lamp
Plant fill light
Filtration Atman pump
Plants Diospyros vaccinioides
Polyscias fruticosa
Rosa chinensis var. minima (Sims) Voss
Red dancer red maple
Acer spp
Fraxinus hubeiensis S.Z.Qu, C.B.Shang & P.L.Su
Dauallia bullata
Pilea glaucophylla 'Greyzy
Murraya exotica
Climbing fig
Acorus calamus L.
Philodendron Micans
Zanthoxylum piperitum Benn
Araucaria cunninghamii Sweet
Fittonia verschaffeltii (Lemaire) van Houtte
Peperomia obtusifolia (L.) A. Dietr
Saxifraga stolonifera Curt
Animals 30 Purple Harlequin rasbora
Materials Qinglong stone
Sweep wood
Banyan root
Additional Information Inspiration: longing for the moon in acient China; such longing is synonymous to homesickness and nostalgia

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