Hi all! This is my 3rd planted tank, and decided to make something special! The idea is to create a small hedge maze in my tank using acrylic pieces as dividers.
I got this idea from youtube after seeing someone use dividers in their shrimp breeding tank. This allowed them to create zones of different carpeting plants, instead of them all merging together. I thought, I'll give the zones a try, and during planning, the idea of the hedge maze suddenly hit me. How cool would it be to get an underwater hedge maze! As space was very limited, I threw some random ideas around and used excel to plan my teeny tiny maze.
The tank I got was special ordered to fit in the space right under the TV. It is 34" long, 9" deep, 8" high. I found a shop that can cut acrylic pieces to specifications, gave them the dimensions of pieces I needed, and picked it up in 30 mins. I used a total of around 50 pieces of acrylic varying from 1" to 6" long, and 1.5" tall.
I first put down a layer of ADA powersand special S, then a thin layer of soil. The idea is that this will allow me to push the acrylic pieces into the soil without it falling over. This part was super difficult, especially the smaller corners that use 3 1" pieces. As I pushed 1 in, the soil gets displaced and messes up the position of the others. After a long time, finally got it to the design I planned. It's a little crooked, but I'm pretty happy with how it turned out.
I planted dwarf hairgrass to be the hedge, hopefully it will spread out around it's area within a few months.
I've also popped a tree in that has been tied with moss, and also planted some glosso in another zone. The smallest zone will be left empty, perhaps I will put some other short plants there eventually. Right now that area will hold a rock from another aquarium to help cycle faster.
This is how it looks now!