It is time to start a new journal and this one is going to be a little different than my previous attempt at nature aquarium.
Lately I’ve been really captivated by the diorama style aquascapes and decided to go for it this time around.
I played with the rocks for the past 7 days or so, and I think I have finally got to the point where I’m just going to stop touching them and just glue them in place.
This tank is built in-wall(face frame not done yet on living room side as you can tell - ugly, I know but it wasn’t priority), has a 20g sump that houses return pumps and other equipment.
Tank: ADA 60P
Sump: 20 gallon long
Flow: 2 Eheim return pumps via loc-line
Lighting: Twinstar 600S
Filtration: Eheim 2217 canister
Co2: pressurized via in-line diffuser
Hard scape: Mexican pot rock / tree roots
Soil: Used Amazonia
Sand: Colorado sand
I was thinking to get some spider wood or other root type of wood and break small pieces and glue them individually on to the rocks for a very dramatic scape look; just like jungle vines /roots creeping down the mountain...you get the idea.
The front will be filled with either LaPlata sand or Colorado sand.
HC Cuba or Monte Carlo.
Anubias nana petite(already have some).
Eleocharis Accicularis sp.
No stem plants.
Left side up on the plateau there will be either HC Cuba or Monte Carlo; I’m trying to achieve a draping effect with either of those hanging off the ”cliff”.
I’m also thinking weeping moss for all the rocks; trying to achieve the same effect. I bet I’ll need a lot of moss here.
Hairgrass and H verticillata around rock base to soften the transition between rock/sand.
H tripartita serving its purpose on the left steep cliff as a jungle vine going up to meet the grass(Cuba or MC in our case)
That’s about it for now.
Will have more updates for you guys as soon as I source the wood and finish that part of the scape.
For now, here’s a picture: Not sure if you guys can spot the cave on the right side but there’s a rock “in the cave” or beyond it so to speak and I’m planning to glue anubias petite to it and with the light shining down on that rock behind the cave I think it will look great.
If you have any comments/questions/opinions don’t hesitate to share them here.
I want to take my sweet time on this scape to make sure I’m building what I really want and what I envision in my head.