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FEMTO AQUARIUM # 9
- Lake Malawi
in one frame - or glass

                     Aquascape; Lake Malawi
Why should a aquascape aquarium not be an underwater motive? I try to recreate the famous African lake in a cognac glass, although I will NOT have cichlids in these waters.
Red more under the photos .
 
C:   20-25
pH:   6,5-7,2
dKH:   12-18
S:   0,5-0,9
E/M2/s:   90-120
Litre:   0,78

THE ANIMALS


Some young brown Neocaridina davidi,
Taiwanese Shrimp

THE PLANTS

Eleocharis pusilla
, Aquarium grass


Micranthemum tweediei, 'Monte Carlo
'



Taxiphyllum barbieri, Java Moss
THE MATERIAL

Round sand- and granite pebbles


Some magnets to get the back fixed


Beach sand for the button


Silicone


A large cognac glass; 0,78 L


A glass disc to hinder evaporation

                                               THE THOUGHTS
While most aquascape setups tend to be landscapes, I thought; Why not make a underwater scenery? And Lake Malawi is quite familiar - among cichlid enthusiasts. The lake is not really famous for its plants, and I only use a few. Plenty of light finish the scenery along with a few shrimps, keeping the glass and boulders clean.
                                                   THE BUILD
As I want a bit more boulders, than the floor give room for, I make the classic wall too. I cheats a bit, and glue the pebbles together with silicone. The inner of the glass is covered in some film, while I build the wall. It is removed, and more silicone is added on the back. The wall is made in two sections, to fit through the small opening. Two small magnets are glued on the back of each section, and two other sit on the outside of the glass. At first, I let the entire back be covered in pebble, but due to the curving of the glass, most of the interior turned into shadow. 
The few plants are squeezed into the holes between the rocks along with some sphagnum. Some fine sand finish-up the interior.
Real cheap; the silicone was 3, the glass 1, magnets 3, the shared light, shelf and background 5. The plant and shrimps offsets from others. A total of 12.

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