Here is another aquascape progression series. This is an ADA 45p
Tank volume is 34 liters
I had purchased a couple of these bonsai trees thinking they were real. Although disappointed and feeling a bit foolish I decided to try one out anyway. I decided to use slate chips for the hardscape to support the tree. They are easy to work with to get great shape and texture. The plants were already grown out from a previous scape and I just reused them. The plants are dwarf hair grass, downoi and hc.
I attached mini pellia by pressing it into the branches of the tree. No glue or thread was needed as mini pellia is pretty stiff. I also added sand on top of the slate to lighten things up as the scape was looking quite dark. Also added flame moss to the back right. Had fissidens in the back left pop up as a hitchhiker.
This scape was pretty low maintenance. The mini pellia required no trimming at all. The downoi was outgrowing the area and had to be trimmed back aggressively.
To finish the scape I added hygrophillia pinnatifida in the back to add some textural difference and interest. The biggest improvement was to tip the tree to give it a much more natural feel as the branches now overhang and reach for the path.
Some things I would do differently in this scape:
1. Removed the downoi and replace it with the HC/dwarf hair grass to match the right side.
2. Have the sand path continue around and disappear on the horizon to add perspective.
3. Clean up the left side so that the tree was more distinct.
4. Sand was messy and needed to be cleaned up. Smaller slate chips/dust need to be used to naturalize the look.
Some things I really liked:
1. The tree looks great to me. The mini pellia leaves were just as I had envisioned.
2. The black slate chips had nice color and scale.
3. The overall feel felt natural to me
4. The final photo turned out well imo. Nice reflections in the side glass. The water ripples and reflection at the surface look gentle and give the feeling of motion.