#689: 37.9L Paludarium Everglades

Ryan Bui Westminster, United States


A beautiful display. Careful attention to detail is clear in the planting and layout arrangement of your submerged foreground creating a naturally imperfect scene. Hakkai stones in the midground become almost "wall-like"; however deterring the development of depth.

That aside the emergent thicket is skillfully grown albeit lacking substantial hardscape development aside from protruding driftwood. That said those species that are grown emergent in the background are done so with care and clear knowledge of the species. Hydrocotyle verticillata which commonly is seen crushed or growing in contorted shapes grows tall and parasol-like as it does under healthy conditions.

The integration of smaller driftwood or stone elements in the background of this layout emersed would assist in giving a substantial feeling of "land presence" required for a paludarium but also would enhance the sense of depth in this layout tremendously.

Very very well done.
— Jack McCarley
The land area if it is really there is not well developed. We can’t see it. I’m giving you credit for it being there because there is a LOT of emersed growth and I kind of like the airy pretty look of it. But the rules are clear that BOTH the land and water areas MUST be well developed. We cannot judge what we cannot see.
— Karen Randall

Aquascape Details

Dimensions 61 × 36 × 18 cm
Title Everglades
Volume 37.9L
Background No background
Lighting Chihiros WRGB 1
Filtration Eheim 2211 canister
Plants Eleocharis Montevidensis, Rhynchospora Colorata, Oenanthe Javanica Flamingo, Hydrocotyle Verticillata, Marsilea Hirsuta, Micromeria Brownei, Cryptocoryne Parva, Poaceae Sp Purple Bamboo, Bucephalandra Sp Catherinae Mini, Vesicularia Montagnei 'Christmas', Vesicularia Ferriei 'Weeping' and Phyllanthus Fluitans, Micranthemum Monte Carlo, Phyla Nodiflora, Staurogyne Repens, Houttuynia Cordata Variegata and Azolla Filiculoides
Animals 10 Meteor Minnow
3 Amano shrimps
1 Assassin snail
Materials Tropica Powder Soil, ADA Colorado sand, Hakkai stones, Mexican Beach Pebbles, Ghost wood, and ADA Aqua Gravel
Additional Information My inspiration: The Everglades, a river of grass and plants, where everything is slowly moving. They are, they have always been, one of the unique regions of the earth; remote, never wholly known. Nothing anywhere else is like them. A UNS atomizer is used for 30 minutes each hour (hooked to a timer) while the lights are on to help keep the emersed plants moist.

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