The Water Garden
I enjoy to work on fanciful projects! The person who ordered this tank, was an oriental pond lover who didn't have a garden to built a real pond. So, he asked me for a multicoloured "bonsai pool".
To give the feeling of a real pound, I decided to fill the tank only up to ¾ of the total height, to create a kind of garden over the surface (see detail photo). Then I connected a pierced rigid pipe to the exit of the pump, fixing the pipe to the rear glass with two suckers, right on the water surface line. With this expedient, I created a few jets, giving the feeling of a fountain. Then I started working on the underwater part. I used Cabomba aquatica, because is a plant very strong (it lives well in high KH and GH) and I like its "soft" look, and I placed some bamboo reeds to create an "oriental feeling". To complete this "bonsai pond", I used artificial plants placing them over the surface.
Tank : cm. 85 X 40 X 55
Temperature :24° C.
Mechanical parts: 1 biological filter 30 litres plus 1 pump 700 lt/h.
Plants: Cabomba aquatica and artificial plants.
Chemistry : KH=8 , pH=8.0, GH=15, NO2=0, NO3=0
Water change: every 2 weeks, 1/5 of the total.
Notes: This tank is very easy to create but very astonishing. Besides, it is possible to change its look anytime you like, just by using Anubias or other plants for the underwater level, maybe putting rocks or branches and changing the artificial plants on the surface. I think this is the most transformable tank design I've ever done!