You know those dioramas that resembles a scene in nature like mountains and etc.? Here’s my first attempt at a nano Diorama aquascape.
What’s My Goal
I love the challenge of making something small look big in a tank. For this aquascape, I am using stones and sand to resemble mountains with a valley running through it.
Ohko stones (also known as Dragon stones) are used to create the mountains and SUDO Bottom Sand for the valley or “path” as I call it in the video. Kind of wished I had gotten the SUDO Reef Sand which is much lighter in colour.
I wanted low growing plants around and among the stones . One type of stem plant are placed in certain areas to look like small trees. In total, three types of plants are used for this aquascape.
Equipment I’m Using
- ANS Opticlear Tank 31M
- OASE FiltoSmart 60 External Filter
- FLEXI-mini HCRI LED Light
- CO₂ system (refillable cylinder and regulator plus solenoid) with an inline CO₂ atomizer
- Crab Aqua Mini Cooling Fan
Substrate And Conditioner
- Tropica Aquarium Soil Powder (aquarium soil)
- Seachem Prime (water conditioner)
- API QUICK START (beneficial bacteria)
Choice Of Plants
- Marsilea hirsuta (Tropica 1-2-Grow!)
- Glossostigma elatinoides (Tropica 1-2-Grow!)
- Ranunculus inundatus (Tropica 1-2-Grow!)
Setting It Up
The hardest part of setting up this aquascape would be positioning the stones in such a way that it looks random like in nature. After that, it would be adding the sand to create a “path” but keeping it separate from the soil.
Issues With Soil And Sand
As mentioned earlier, keeping the soil and sand separated will be a challenge. Soil did overflow past the stones at the bottom left corner of the tank. I will have to gradually fix it during water changes.
Have an idea of how I could have prevented it from happening?