I am having trouble creating large size lake just like in the photo without making it too boring. In the photo the water in the lake create ripple and reflection which make it interesting. No way to re create that with white sand. Large empty area with same material or plants always make it boring. I need to find the way to break it. Searching for alternative way, I found fantastic photo of Toad River from National Geographic. So I change the lake into small river with many branch and twist. It wasn't a great scape but at least it shouldn't be too boring.
O... by the way this tank was suppose to be experimental tank. Many people (I was one of them) believe that flame moss need cold water (around 25 degree C) to have nice flaming effect. But I was wrong this tank water temperature was hover around 28-30 degree C with the help of 24hrs fan and yet the moss give nice flame effect. On hot day, it can even go up to 32 degree C. Also if you are notice, I use only 36W PL to grow HC on 2ft or ~20 gallon tank. Again many people was think that HC require very high light but not necesary the case.
The only different is moss grow in high water temperature look skinnier as seen in 100% crop below. The moss on top is flame moss and the moss below is spiky moss. See how skinny the spiky moss is compare to the same moss on my other chilled tank.
1. Tank size: 60x30x32cm
2. Light: 36W PL
3. CO2: 2bps injected using inline diffuser
4. Temperature: 28-30 degree C
5. Filter: Eheim 2215
6. Substrate: ADA Amazonia
7. Fertilizer: EI
1. Hemianthus callitrichoides
2. Taxiphyllum sp. (Flame moss)
3. Taxiphyllum sp. (Spiky moss)
Some photos showing where the idea come from. Photos was taken from the internet, not mine. So if you are the owner, please let me know and I will take it down.