September 19, 2021

Shallow desktop planted tank

I constructed a really fun shallow freshwater planted aquascape that sits on my desk next to my work station. Details after the photo.

Monte Carlo carpet in an ADA cube garden 60-F

Hardware:

  • ADA cube garden 60-F tank
  • basic co2 system
  • UNS canister filter system
  • Nicrew light

Plants & livestock:

  • Monte carlo (carpet)
  • Anubias nana
  • Mini coin Bucephalandra
  • bucephalandra purple blue
  • 5x purple rasbora fish
  • 6x hastatus corydoras (the cutest fish in the world)

September 19, 2021

Leucomelas carries a tadpole

Leucomelas are one species within the genus of Dendrobates where the male will carry tadpoles and deposit them into pools of water within the forest. They prefer the cups of Bromeliads, which many poison dart frog keepers provide within their vivariums.

A male Leucomelas dart frog carrys a tadpole within one of my vivariums

Interestingly enough, Leucomelas tadpoles can be cannibalistic. If a tadpole is deposited into a bromeliad where a tadpole already exists, the larger tadpole will eat the smaller one.

September 11, 2021

Bushy Rhaphidophora Tetrasperma after the rain

A photo of my bushy Rhaphidophora Tetrasperma after a rain storm. Rhaphidophora Tetrasperma's are commonly known as Monstera "Ginny," but they're actually not monstera plants at all!

A photo of my bushy Rhaphidophora Tetrasperma after a rain storm. Rhaphidophora Tetrasperma's are commonly known as Monstera "Ginny," but they're actually not monstera plants at all!

Rhaphidophora Tetrasperma alpo known as a Monstera “Ginny
Rhaphidophora Tetrasperma alpo known as a Monstera “Ginny”

I grew this outside during the summer in USDA Zone 6. They prefer high humidity and indirect light. I kept it in a shady area and it grew like a weed. It’s about time for a re-potting—you can’t even see the moss pole it’s growing on!

July 23, 2021

Desktop Wabi Kusa

A few days ago I created this small wabi kusa scape for my desk. Inside are a few pieces of volcanic rock and Christmas moss. Within a few weeks the moss will cover the rock.

Wabi Kusa scape with Christmas moss

December 24, 2019

The smallest nano planted aquarium

a tiny nano planted aquarium
a tiny nano planted aquarium

I suppose this could technically be considered a nano riparium, but this nano planted aquarium is the smallest little aquarium I’ve made. Sand in the front, and eco complete substrate in the back for the plants. It houses pond snails, blue leopard ramshorn snails, copepods, and detritus worms. It’s a tiny complete ecosystem.