Friday 15 February 2013

32 Litre "Tree Scape" Tank

Its been a few weeks since my 32 litre Hemianthus Callitrichoides DSM tank was flooded and the plants are growing well.

The tank was cycled within a week as i used mature filter media from another established tank and the ADA aqua soil substrate had already released a majority of its ammonia and nutrients over the initial 6 week DSM period.

Limnobium Laevigatum (aka Amazon Frogbit) were added in from the start to help soak up the excess nitrates and nutrients.

I've also added in a nice tree-like twisty branch bogwood piece with Fissidens Fontanus attached (will have to wait for the moss to grow over the next few months). Hopefully it will eventually grow into a nice and lush fissidens moss tree. :)

Otocinclus Affinis and Neocaridina Heteropoda were added after the tank was fully cycled to help reduce algae and detritus. More fauna will be introduced progressively in stages.

This is a photo of the tank at 2 weeks post-flooding...

Here are the tank stats:

Tank Size: 45cm x 30cm x 24cm (High Clarity / Low Iron Glass)

Substrate: ADA Aqua Soil New Amazonia (Powder Type)

Filter System: Eheim 2224 + 13mm gUSH Lily Pipe Set

Filter Media: Seachem Matrix + Bio Sponges

Temperature: 27-28 °C

Lighting: Up Aqua Z-Series Pro LED Z-15 (45cm)

Light Duration: 6-8 hours

Co2: None

Fertilizer: None

Fan/Chiller: None

Water Change Regimen: 20% Weekly

Water Parameters:
Tested using API Freshwater Master Test Kit
pH = 6.6
Ammonia = 0 ppm
Nitrite = 0 ppm
Nitrate = 5-10 ppm

Hemianthus Callitrichoides
Fissidens Fontanus
Limnobium Laevigatum
Slate Rocks

Otocinclus Affinis
Neocaridina Heteropoda

Hikari Shrimp Cuisine 
Blanched Zucchini & Green Peas


More photos of the tank...

Top view.

Front view.

The tank looks abit bare at the moment, but it should fill out once i add more fauna and the flora have grown further.

Will update soon. :)


  1. Looking forward to updates!

  2. Hi, nice work. may I know where did you get this tank and cabinet from?

    1. The tank was from Green Chapter. The cabinet was custom made by them too.