I'm setting up a new nature style aquascape. For those of you with an interest in aquascaping, you might want to follow progress of my scape.
I place the practice of aquascaping on a continuum with on one end "biotope reconstructions" and on the other hand, "nature constructions". Although I really fancy biotope reconstructions, and it still is on my bucketlist to create a biotope one day, so far I've been scaping nothing but nature style tanks and this one will be no exception.
The challenge of scaping small tanks is balancing proportions. A lot of ingredients for scaping (substrate, plants, wood, rocks) are suited for 20-40 gallon tanks.
Shallow 4.5 gallon / 17,5 liters ADA tank.
Footprint: 45 cm/17,7 inch x 24 cm/9,5 inch.
Height: 16cm/16.3 inch.
Foggy window screen on the back.
ADA Amazonia, both normal and powder, mixed with a very low volume of lava split. This scape will not have complementary sandy substrate. It's active soil only.
Daytime Eco, 5K light with a blue peak. A controller for creating a light regime of 12 hours, with a very long fade-in and very long fade-out effect. Visible algae will not stand a chance in my tanks.
Cyperus helferi, partly emersed
Bolbitis heteroclita "difformis", partly emersed
Hydrocotyle Tripartita, partly emersed
Weeping moss, Vesicularia ferriei, partly emersed
Buces....lots of buces
Im sure a few others will follow.
The title mentions low tech; I'm trying to carpet with Marsilea crenata without CO2 injection. The tank is shallow and the water flow will be high to create optimal gas exchange.
"Grey mountain stone".
The tank will be dominated by a wood structure. So the next update should have more substrate and the beginnings of a wood structure.