#682: 78L Paludarium Mountain Streams

Vinny Anderson Columbus, United States


This layout is very successful at achieving a great sense of flow from life above the surface to that below. The creeping vines both terrestrial and aquatic follow trailing mist down to the heavily-planted submerged portion. Though the presence of cyanobacteria distracts from enjoying the impressive patches of submerged Bucephalandra.

An overall very pleasant layout!
— Jack McCarley
This is a very clean pretty display but almost TOO “clean”. I see in your description that the land portion can be lifted off for cleaning. Unfortunately part of the scoring for a paludarium is based on the flow of the design from the land area into the water area. And this design makes that flow really impossible. You have tried to hide that transition spot with mist but that doesn't do the job! While many paludariums lack proper development of the submersed planting in this case you have packed it with SO many Bucephalandra that there is very little differentiation. It would be prettier and more natural looking if they were not packed in so tightly! Your terrestrial planting is lovely but could have used more time to mature.
— Karen Randall

Aquascape Details

Dimensions 60 × 36 × 36 cm
Title Mountain Streams
Volume 78L
Background N/A
Lighting Twinstar600P
Filtration Internal filter hidden behind rockwork.
Plants Multiple bucephalandra species, multiple anubias species, Crepidomanes malabaricum, Pilea depressa, R. cryptantha, A. gradlis, ficus quercifolia, bromeliad, various mosses, rabbit foot fern, Nephrolepis exaltata, Tradescantia, Selaginella uncinata
Animals Betta
Materials Black Laval rock
Additional Information The upper left triangle of rockwork (above the tank rim) is build on a platform which can be lifted out for maintenance access. The back corner houses the internal filter and an upper reservoir for the waterfall piping and ultrasonic fog equipment.
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