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'Mystic Trail' - An Amano Inspired Aquascape

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Hey guys,

Having moved recently, that unfortunately meant shutting down all the tanks.... on the plus side though, it meant I was able to setup and create a new scape layout for the tank at my new place :cool:

Anyhow, I spent a few hours this arvo mucking around with the idea I had in my head & this is what I came up with - it's still a work in progress as I'm not entirely happy yet with the pathway or planting positions but it's a start. The waters cloudy atm + the glare doesn't help + it was taken with my phone so I'll update this at a later time when the plants have filled out, water is clear & the photo will most likely be taken at night :eyebrows:


Dimensions: 60x60x45 I think

Filtration: Serenity SIPF450 powerhead attached to sponge filter

Lighting: 2x24W T5HO

Substrate: Aggregate Sand, Up Aqua Soil, Aquaclay substrate

Hardscape: Some striated red river rocks, gold vine


-chameleon shrimps

-4x longfin albino bristlenose

-??? may add some larger feature fish later on


-Hygrophila pinnatifida

-Hygrophila polysperma 'Rosanervig'

-Rotala colorata

-Rotala mini type 2

-Vallisneria spiralis

-Hydrocotyle sibthorpioides

-Ludwigia aromatica

-Ludwigia brevipes

-Nymphaea lotus zenkeri

-Microsorum pteropus 'philippine'

-Microsorum pteropus 'windelov'

-Microsorum pteropus 'needle leaf'

-Microsorum pteropus 'regular broad variety'

-Microsorum pteropus 'mini'

-Anubias nana

-Anubias barteri

-Anubias lorraine

-Anubias barteri 'nana'

-Anubias afzelii

-Anubias nana 'petite;


-Native mini pellia

-Native fissiden 1

-Native fissiden 2

-Native plaggio

-Native bolbitis

-Vesicularia montagnei 'christmas moss'

-Vesicularia ferriei 'weeping moss'

-Taxiphyllum sp. 'flame moss'

-Taxiphyllum sp. 'peacock moss'

-Crypt wenditti 'green'

-Pogostemon stellatus

-Bolbitis heudelotii

-Echinodorus vesuvius

-Aponogeton ulvaceus




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Got any lights so we can see the details? Can't appreciate it right now

The T5HO lights are actually on in that picture :boink:

lol nah I get you man, the combination of the bloody glare, sun's ray from the window & cloudiness from the disturbed aquasoil resulted in a pretty poor quality shot. Let's just say that's the beginning of more progress shots, better pics coming soon ;)

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How on earth did you manage to fit all that flora in?

Take another pic at night, no flash, I'd love to see the layout!

Not sure haha but it somehow worked out. hmmm....the moss & fern collection actually doesn't take up make space, especially the native species which are extremely slow growers. Also with the stem plants, there are usually only one or two stems of the plants in the tank just to make space/keep the collection of plants going. I'll try and grab some pics asap (tank is set up at new place but I'm still living at my old place until the new settlement date)

Anyhow I came across this pic today & thought this may interest you.. it's my old setup which I believe was a 40cm cubed tank



Just by looking at this old pic, some the plants I see include:

-willow moss in background

-xmas moss

-weeping moss


-native mini fissiden

-native plaggio


-dwarf hair grass

-sunset hygrophilia

-rotala 'green'


-L. aromatica 'asian'

-L aromatica 'native green type'

-rotala macrandra


-java fern

-sword plant

-echinodorus quadricostatus

+2 species of red stem i can't seem to remember the name of

+1 large green stem plant on LHS that i forgot the name of also

so yup definitely possible to fit heaps of plants in

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Looks great, I'm sure the new one will be even better.

Whenever I plant that close together, some outcompete others, so you must have a system. Care to share?

Apologises for the late reply, Anyhow no secrets mate, just provide sufficient light & nutrients. If one particular plant is struggling & another is thriving, it just may be your tank conditions favour one plant more than the other. For example, pogo helferi is a plant that I can just never grow well. CO2 is another factor but since my lights are on only 6 hrs a day, the plants don't require additional CO2 supplements. I do also occasionally add some DIY fertiliser which helps with water column feeding plants (ingredients & recipe can be found here: Dry Fertilisers - Source and Recipe)

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