#746: 191L Paludarium 舒适的森林, Shūshi de sēnlin "Cozy Forest"

Hayley Zimmermann Kenilworth, United States


I can see where you drew your inspiration from in your work. I like how it resembles what a rock formation looks like when it meets water. The water portion of the paludarium however needs to be more developed. Adding plants in the water would elevate your work.
— John Tran
What a perfect little environment for your dart frogs who must love this layout. I think some additional maturation of the plants and addition of some other plants with some color would create a greater impact for your aquascape. Also I understand that the water section is supposed to mimic a biotope setting but the lack of plants in the underwater portion as required by the contest impacts your layout.
— Bailin Shaw

Aquascape Details

Dimensions 91 × 46 × 46 cm
Title 舒适的森林, Shūshi de sēnlin "Cozy Forest"
Volume 191L
Background Plastic Egg Crate, Expanding Foam, Aquarium Sealant, Thai Cutch Bark, Cinnamon Bark, Malaysian Driftwood, Sieryu Stone.
Lighting Fluval 3.0 LED
Twinstar E-Series LED
Filtration Sponge Filtration
Plants Dicranum Scoparium, Dryopteris erythrosora 'Brillance', Syntrichia ruralis, Vesicularia ferriei 'Weeping', Vesicularia montagnei, Taxiphyllum Alternans, Riccia Fluitans, Nephrolepis cordifolia 'Duffii', Ficus pumila, Ficus pumila var. quercifolia, Ficus Radicans, Davallia fejeensis, Bolbitis heteroclita, Bucephalandra kedegang 'Blue'.
Animals 2 Tylototriton shanjing 'Chinese Mandarin Newt'
2 Black Guppies
Materials Bamboo Leaves, Catappa Leaves, Jambolan Leaves, Palm Pots, Casuarina Pine Needles, Loquat Leaves, Sappanwood Pods, Arjuna Pods, Cacao Pods, Cutch Tree Bark, Malaysian Driftwood.
Additional Information The inspiration for this paludarium has solely revolved around the choice to keep these Newts from start to finish. They are native to the Yunnan Provence in southwestern China, and I found myself continually drawn to the vastness and simplicity of the Shilin Stone Forest where many reside. This is my vision of their environment in situ, in the drainage ponds below these ancient limestone formations.

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