“Oasis of Saturnalia”
I stumbled upon some videos on facebook about aquascaping and wow! I have played around with aquariums for a long time. This form of art has really changed my outlook on aquariums and my hobby. About three years ago I started using live plants in my aquariums but never to a degree that I could call "aquascaping." In my next threads I will show the evolution of my other two aquariums but wanted to see what the community thought of my first planned/executed aquascape. I really like it and am pleased with the result. I am open to any criticism and recommendations for future builds/renovations. I am about to set up a timed air pump to turn on at night so I can pump more CO2 into the tank.
Here we go:
Petsmart 15 gallon long reptile tank (24"x12"x12")
-this was pretty much just a grow tank I had in my closet, but I had enough plants to scape so I decided hey why not.
Tetra internal filter with about a 200mL bag of purigen tucked inside.
-I recycled an older turtle tank for a lot of the build
AquaticLife Dual T5HO 24" Fixture
-2x Hagen Lifeglo bulbs
-3.2 wpg. Set on timer for 8 hours a day.
Aqueon Pro 100watt heater
DIY Yeast Reactor with Boyou glass diffuser
-No bubble counter, mix- about .75 teaspoon yeast, with two cups of sugar, and .75 teaspoon baking soda. I bubble the diffuser below the intake of the filter.
Seachem Trace Elements
2 bags CaribSea Floramax
1 bag CaribSea Eco-complete
- I used Coroplast sheets to build up the height I wanted in the tank.
6 pieces of petrified wood from LFS
13x Tanichthys albonubes
3x Otocinclus sp.
Cell phone pics for now, soon I will take nice pics with my camera.
Layout confirmed with a few plants placed. My theme was two create two islands inside of the tank with one being higher than the other.
I planted the alternanthera at the very center of each island which was surrounded by bacopa. Ludwigia arcuata was sparsely planted against areas of the rock.
Over the top view of the tank. Here you can see the ludwigia repens place in each back corner which is surrounded by the limnophila. You can also see my islands and the dwarf hair grass and baby tear patches.
Da Dah! This was about 3 weeks into the tank, just added the fishies.
2 of the Oto’s
Enchanting is the only word that comes to mind when I view the tank.
About 4 weeks in.
Thanks for looking.