- 14 May 2009
After the trees in fangorn forest met their demise (not via a gang of marauding orcs but at the hands of a frustrated aquascaper), I decided to replace them with some rocks. Obviously with the plants already in place, this is not the ideal time to be hardscaping, but as I already considered fangorn to be a play tank I thought I would give it a go.
The ideas behind the conversion were firstly to try and create some false perspectives, so I chose very geometric rocks as I thought they would best enable this. Secondly I wanted to experiment with some different methods of attaching Riccia and moss to the rocks. Unfortunately neither was particularly successful and I felt the scape had a rather awkward appearance. So I had another rearrange to see if I could make things look a little more natural.
Iâ€™m still not entirely happy with it, but I do prefer this layout to version 1.
Please feel free to say which you prefer and critique at will.
Tank volume : 21 liters
Tank size : 36 x 22 x 26 cm
Plants : Riccia fluitans, Rotala rotundifolia, Taxiphyllum barbieri,
Staurogyne Sp, Hemianthus callitrichoides
Hardscape: Pagoda stone
Lightning : Two 24 Watt cool white power compacts (over tank)
One 7 Watt warm white tulip bulb (backlight)
For 8 hours per day
Ferts:: 1.5 ml Tropica plant nutrition+ per day
CO2: 45 bubbles per minute for 10 hours per day
Substrate: Eco Complete and Red Sea flora base