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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

 

Anubias barteri var. nana
, Dwarf A.
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. It is supposed to appear rather barren. The grass and Monte Carlo is stock in-between 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.

In an effort the have the glasses equipped with the most different plants for a various appearance, I exchanged the Grass with an Anubias. Not really resembling any Icelandic plants, though...


After half a year. Same water still.

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