#267: 80.3L Paludarium Au revoir

Marçal Gali Bohera Roses, Spain

Awards and Comments

First Place
A beautifully developed display with a clear story enhanced by a great sense of depth. The background utilized on this layout really makes it shine giving an incredibly naturalistic feel.

The planting is very well-planned giving a great sense of flow from the "river banks" down into the waters below which reward the viewer with even more thoughtful hardscape leading back into the distance. While some mosses suffer in the foreground with unhealthy foliage present in some species the paludarium provides well-developed emergent growth to establish age.

I believe this paludarium would be even more successful without the stocking of Betta splendens which dwarfs the scale of this scape. Smaller shoaling species would easily enhance the scale and make such a paludarium appear massive considering its size. Nevertheless the Betta splendens does contrast very well to the warmer tones of the hardscape becoming a pleasing focus.

This is a beautiful paludarium showcasing careful planting beautiful concepts and clever techniques. Well-done.
— Jack McCarley
Absolutely stunningly detailed work in your hardscape and terrestrial area. This paudarium just draws me into the scene and makes me believe that I am in this little valley!!! If I could change one thing it would be the big blue Betta! He just doesn’t fit the scale does he? He’s pretty and I realize that the water volume is small here but perhaps shrimp would be a better option? Not every tank HAS to have fish! I would also have liked to have seen a little better use of plants in the water section but these are VERY small nits in a really beautiful display! Well done!
— Karen Randall
Great job on giving equal importance to both the land and water areas! You've achieved a great sense of depth through your detail work and with your strong focal point. The betta detracts a bit from the sense of scale and it would have been nice to see a school of fish in the foreground.
— Alex Vella

Aquascape Details

Dimensions 62 × 36 × 36 cm
Title Au revoir
Volume 80.3L
Background blue paint
Lighting Chihiros WRGB 60
Filtration eheim 2211
Plants Hemianthus Callitrichoides, Bolbitis heteroclita difformis, polypodium formosanum, Adiantum Raddianum,, Anubias nana bonsai, Hydrocotyle tripartita mini, Bucephalandra spec. Wavy Leaf, Platyhypnidium riparioides, Fissidens sp. "Miroshaki", Biophytum sensitivum, Selaginella Uncinata, Lepanthes insectiflora, Peperomia rubella
Animals Betta plakat koi
Materials AquaRIO Neo Soil, JBL ProScape Volcano Mineral, slate, cistus wood
Additional Information Inspired by waterfall stream

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