33G: New Aquascape

February 10th, 2011

I finally took a break from my on-going home improvement projects to rescape my GLA 33G rimless aquarium. Being inspired by Ghazanfar Ghori’s aquarium at the last GWAPA meeting, I wanted to setup an aquascape with a sand foreground, using some of the same type of rocks he used. I also wanted to utilize a pile of branches I had laying around.

33G New Hardscape

As far as plants go, I wanted to use the Hygrophila pinnatifida that I got at the AGA auction last fall. I’ve been growing it out from tiny plants straight out of tissue culture, so it’s taken a little while to get enough for an aquascape. My goal was also to keep the aquascape fairly minimalist, using only 3-4 species of plants, any heavily relying on the hardscape.

33G New Aquascape

After planting, the tank’s water was quite cloudy, but it’s looking pretty good this evening. To supplement the H. pinnatifida, I used lots of Trident Java Fern. I also placed a number of Fissidens covered rocks around, and planted some Hydrocotyle sibthorpioides, which I hope will cascade up and over the rocks to soften the cracks between them.

33G New Aquascape

All in all, I’m pretty happy with how this aquascape has started out. I’d love to hear and comments/critiques you may have.

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Video: Amano Aquascapes

February 1st, 2011

Frank over at ADG posted a great video of Takasi Amano aquascapes on their Facebook site. It’s easy to see why Amano is recognized worldwide as an aquascaping pioneer.

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