Originally Posted by fishlover
Very nice and cool.
Now for questions:
-What fauna do you have in there? I'd love to see some livebearers in there, wild swordtails would look great, also some small central american cichlids like Firemouths.
there are fish in there. i stocked it with poecilids and goodeids that i collected in the Rio Purificacion in Mexico. they were still rather small when i shot this picture and the tank is so deep front to back (24") that very often many of the fish are way in the background.
here is the stocklist:
- Poeciliopsis turneri
- Poecilia chica
- Xenotaenia resolanae
-Are all your plants from Mexico?
i did my best to use plants that were representative of things that i saw down in Mexico (e.g., Wedelia trilobata
, Bacopa monnieri
). in some cases i used plants that were different species, but in the same genera as things that i observed along the river there (e.g., Ludwigia peruensis
). there are a couple of plants that i included simply because they looked nice in combination with the other species (e.g., Eleocharis montevidensis
-Don't the overhanging planters appear? How do you conceal them and if you don't, how does it look aesthetically speaking?
there are several tricks that one can use to hide the the Hanging Planters and Trellis Rafts from view. in general, they become obscured by leaves, stems and roots as the plants grow. if you look hard you usually can see some of the hanging planters, but you almost have to have your head inside of the tank.
i have a blog post (still in draft form) that describes some of this. http://hydrophytesblog.com/?p=275
please stop by and leave a question or comment if you have a moment.
Anyways, the tank looks amazing!!! nice, new, easier than the palu from what I understand, and the water must always be nitrate-free. Seems like a perfect setup!!
i think that this method/concept really is easier to set up and keep than most paludarium designs. one of the most compelling aspects of it is that it provides a pretty simple way to keep many
kinds of plants that haven't really been used in aquarium displays before.