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FEMTO AQUARIUM # 8
- put a volcano on your desk

                     The flooded lava field
This rather dark setup is an attempt to create something resembling a flooded lava field. Only a few pioneer plants, plenty of lava. Like the plants, shrimps are among the first to move in.
Read more under the photos .
C:  20-25
pH:  7,1-7,3
PPM:  190-200
S:  0,3-0,5
E/M2/s:  90-120
Litre:  0,93

THE ANIMALS


Some of my own red Neocaridina davidi

THE PLANTS

Micranthemum tweediei, 'Monte Carlo
'

Utricularia graminifolia, Bladderwort

 

Eleocharis pusilla
, Aquarium grass
THE MATERIAL

A large cognac glass (without foot)


A few magnets to hold the lava


A lit in glass


A bit of lava, cut into shape


Silicone to glue the rocks and metal-nut together

                                               THE THOUGHTS
I just can't resist, building something with lava. It is rock, but easy to cut into shape, and the plants love it. The back is covered in a thin layer, and the middle dominated by a few "boulders", while the button is covered in gravel.
                                                   THE BUILD
I cut the lava into shape, and glue it together with silicone. I drill a few holes, to stick and tie the plants on to. It is supposed to appear rather barren. The grass and Monte Carlo is tied to some stones, while the Bladderwort start on sphagnum, but do fine in the gravel.
The second-hand giant cognac glass, was a gift from a friend. I got two; this one without a foot. The lit from a glass of olives do fine as replacement, and now, it fit in fine under some other glasses. A bit less light, but that is exactly how I (and the Monte-Carlo) like it.
The plants cuttings are from other aquariums, the shared background, light and shelf 5 and the lava, I had to go to Iceland to find (which was a bit expensive). The shrimps is my own, red off-springs, and the magnets 2. A total of less than 7 - and a tour to Iceland.

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