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"Mountain Spring" 40cm Cube

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Hi guys,

Thanks to Adam at Aquascape Designs group buy of Aquatic Style 40cm tanks, I now own one of these babies. Set it up last night with Jeff (Daydream).

This tanks theme is a mountain spring, and will be mostly using crypts, echinodorus vesuvius, crinum, anubias, needle leaf java, fissidens and mosses. The whole key is low maintenance while still keeping it looking amazing.

Anyways on with the stats:

Tank: Aquatic Style 40cm Cube Rimless and Braceless Opti-Clear Tank

Filtration: Eheim 2213 (will possibly change to 2215 with 2217 impellor but for now will hope for this set up to be sufficient as the 2213 is a spare)

Substrate: ADA Amazonia I Aqua Soil with a layer of ADA Penac P, ADA Penac W, ADA Tourmaline BC, ADA Clear Super underlying and ADA Iron Bottom tabs within the Aqua Soil

co2: Aquascape Designs 0.82L bottle, Aquascape Design co2 Pro Series 2 Regulator/solenoid Package.

Glassware: Cal Aqua Labs Nano Infusor, Cal Aqua Labs 13mm Inlet, Cal Aqua Labs Clip 'n' Drop Checker, ADA NA Thermometer

Hardscape: Red Rock at Bonsai and Local Fish Shop on Gold Coast (Aquariums Alive), Collected Melaleuca from my "Stash"


Crinum Calamistratum (Only putting in once the tank is cycled and the plant has matured more as it is currently growing in my 3 foot thanks Liverpool Creek)

Cryptocoryne Willisii

Cryptocoryne Wendtii "Red"

Cryptocoryne Wendtii "Green"

Cryptocoryne Wendtii "Mi Oya"

Cryptocoryne Wendtii "Tall"

Cryptocoryne Lutea

Cryptocoryne Petchii

Cryptocoryne Undulatas

Cryptocoryne Walkeri

Anubias Nana Petite

Anubias Nana

Hemianthus Callitrichoides

Hygrophila Balsamica

Bolbitis Heudelotii

Needle Leaf Java Fern

Sydney Mini Fissidens

US Fissidens

Peacock Moss

Flame Moss


15 x Ruby Tetra (go in once cycled)

6 x Otocinclus (go in once cycled)

10 x Darwin Red Nose Shrimp (go in once cycled)

15 x Darwin Algae Eater Shrimp (go in once cycled)

20 x Cherry Shrimp (go in once cycled)

Went from this:


To THIS in under 2 hours:


It has a LOT and a LOT of growing in as I did underdo the crypt order unfortunately and should of ordered ten times more crypts haha! I will soon have triple that in less than three weeks once Jeff rips his tank apart and all the crypts are mine!! For now enjoy and watch it fill in and look amazing :)

MASSIVE PLUG goes out to Jeff (Daydream) for coming round and transforming this baby into something UBER SEXY and being such a perfectionist like myself haha and having such a quick sharp eye to work so quickly and produce amazing scapes (well it will turn into one for all you non believers at present time), and also for Jeff at Liverpool Creek for the EPIC stems in my other nano which will get an update tomorrow, and for the crypts for this tank. Thank you both!!!!!



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Honestly I don't really like the look of it compared to your other tanks , I think it's this red rocks on the white sand

Thanks but the whole idea was to create a mountain spring and the red rock suit it to the core in person. I just had two people pop over and said they loved this tank the most out of any of my tanks. Which was a massive compliment hey from aquascapers themselves.

The red rock are not something you see very often with them only being in a fish shop a handful of times and the fact of the matter is noone has ever scaped with them so why not give a try. TONNES of character on the rocks and the rocks will suit it once the crypts fill in tonnes more. Would not of went for a blue grey rock as it would of been off for this scape.

We were considering planting HC instead of the sand but went for the sand for something different and really will come alive with fish in there n once the crypts are established.

Will update once the cloud goes away :)


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