#681: 182L Paludarium CandleLit Cove

Jeff Miotke Alpharetta, United States


Your work is certainly eye catching and I bet grabs the attention of anyone who walks past it. I like your blending of the natural plants with the artificial elements. The fog gives a magical touch.
— John Tran
I have thoroughly enjoyed this fantastical paludarium. The use of the various aquatic and terrestrial plants blended nicely in the aquascape. And the use of the Axelrodia tetras is ideal with their glowing tails. Great choice. Nicely done!
— Bailin Shaw
It's cute and well done but not a paludarium.
— Nick Kinser
While your paludarium is definitely eye-catching I would like to see more of the actual "land" area rather than just the buildings which although pretty and interesting are less natural. Also you have some cyanobacteria on the gravel in the bottom. Make sure for a contest that you siphon that out and replace the gravel in those areas so everything is sparkling clean!
— Karen Randall

Aquascape Details

Dimensions 90 × 45 × 45 cm
Title CandleLit Cove
Volume 182L
Background none
Lighting RGBW LED and string lights in the building windows
Filtration OASE Biomaster thermo 600
Plants Bacopa caroliniana, Hemianthus callitrichoides, Ludwigia repens, Hydrocotyle tripartita, taxiphyllum multiple varieties, Pogostemon erectus, Bucephalandra multiple varieties, Ficus Pumila ‘Quercifolia’, Hygrophila corymbosa 'Siamensis 53B', Anubias barteri 'Mini Coin', Terrestrial moss, Asparagus setaceus
Animals Poecilia reticulata (2 Parents + 30? fry), Axelrodia riesei (9), Corydoras pygmaeus (4), Neocaradinia (Hundreds), Isopods, Springtails
Materials Seiryu Stone, Black Forest Driftwood
Additional Information I created this magical village using my skills honed as an aquascaper beginning with the placement of driftwood and stones to create the balance of above and below water while creating a seamless transition. The land area consists of aquasoil held back by the hardscape. Next, I planted predominantly aquatic plants readily available in the aquarium hobby above and below the water surface. I then incorporated the docks crafted with wood and miniature buildings and people which are custom 3d printed to achieve the correct scale and then hand painted. And the star of the aquarium is the noble guppy. I started with a pair and they have been true to their nature and now there are too many to count. I call this creation CandleLit Cove named for its "candle lit" buildings along the water side. This is the 3rd iteration as I keep perfecting my craft. This iteration improved the dock areas using wood I collected in California. This project is intended to inspire and educate while having fun. I'm still mesmerized by this paludarium and find the maintenance extremely simple and quick as the water volume is small and the plants keep the water quality excellent. Hope you enjoy CandleLit Cove as much as I have!
Once upon a time, in a small corner of the world, there was a fishing village nestled in a cove by the sea. The village was a charming place, with houses painted in bright shades of blue and green, and roofs made of clay tiles that shone bright blue in the sun.

The villagers were a hardy bunch, accustomed to the rough seas and the harsh weather that blew in from the coast. They made their living by fishing in the waters that surrounded their village, and they were known far and wide for the quality of their catch.

The village was a tight-knit community, with everyone knowing everyone else's business. The villagers would gather at the central square to gossip, trade goods, and swap stories. There was a feeling of camaraderie that pervaded the village, and everyone looked out for one another.

The village was not without its problems, however. The sea could be treacherous, and many a fisherman had been lost to its depths. There were also periodic droughts that made it difficult to grow crops, and the villagers had to rely on the sea for their sustenance.

Despite these challenges, the villagers remained determined and optimistic. They knew that their way of life was precarious, but they also knew that it was worth fighting for. They would gather on the docks at sunrise to set out to sea, and return at sunset with their catch.

As the years passed, the village prospered. It became a popular tourist destination, with people flocking to see the quaint blue-roofed houses and to sample the delicious seafood. The villagers were happy to share their way of life with outsiders, and they welcomed the influx of visitors with open arms.

And so, the small fishing village with its blue-roofed houses remained a beacon of hope and resilience, a place where the beauty of the sea and the strength of community came together to create a world all its own.

This is CandleLit Cove version 3.0 and is a project I started a year ago. Thanks for reading this far!

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