This five gallon tank by Ultum Nature Systems features a mix of colorful plants arranged in a manner to create a more "natural style" or as you would see plants growing together in nature. I used ADA power sand and Amazonia as the substrate with a small amount of river sand for contrast. I used hair grass for the carpet, a mid-ground of Alternanthera reineckii 'Mini' and cryptocoryne wendtii. A small piece of driftwood was added with some various buce attached. The background is a mix of 7-8 different types of rotala including H'ra, rotundifolia, macrandra, enie, and colorata.
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Nice healthy carpet
Plants growing nicely with a healthy population of shrimp. ......
Plants got a little high and I wanted to start a nice thick “forest” so I trimmed pretty heavily to encourage more growth. ......
A few weeks later
All plants are beginning to fill in nicely, including the carpet. I purchased a twinstar nano to help with algae control. ......
Plants added and tank filled. Let the cycle begin! ......
Substrate and hardscape added. I used some ADA powersand under the aqua soil as well. ......