#55: 208L Aquatic Garden
Mike Grace, Lino Lakes Minnesota USA | E-mail: grace005 at gold.tc.umn.edu
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Awards and Judge Comments

First Place

This is SUCH a beautiful tank! To be incredibly picky, I think it could have been improved slightly be removing the "bolted" center of the Samolus, and hiding the tiny bit of visible equipment a bit better. But these are very minor complaints. I like the choice of plants, and the big bold splashes of color. The plants are clearly in vibrant good health.

Karen Randall

This aquarium convinced me by its excellent overall impression, the skilled apllication and incorporation of colourful (red) plants. This plant arrangement is not only visually very nice, but also optimal living space for all the fishes, guaranteeing them healthy and long life.

Kaspar Horst

Aquascape Details

Tank Size
122 x 33 x 53 cm (48 x 13 x 21 in)
Volume
208L (55 gallons)
Background
Plain black laminate
Lighting
4 x 40 watt normal output fluorescent, mix of 5000-6700K
Filtration
Powerhead with sponge prefilter.
Additional Information
At the time of photography this tank had been set up for about 18 months. CO2 injection from cylinder/regulator/metering valve into a DIY variation of the "gravel vac" reactor driven by the powerhead. Daily water column fertilization with "Natural Gold" and KNO3 or KSO4 based on nitrate level. Occasional substrate fertilization with "Jobes Fern and Palm" sticks, as needed.
Plants
Alternanthera lilicina, Hygrophila polysperma 'Sunset', Egeria najas, Samolus parviflorus, Lilaeopsis brasiliensis, Cryptocoryne balansae, Nymphaea lotus "red", Anubias coffeeafolia, Anubias nana, Echinodorus 'Ozelot', Echinodorus bleheri, Vallisneria americana (gigantea), Cryptocoryne willisii, Cryptocoryne blassii, Vesicularia dubyana
Fish/Animals
2-Angelfish (double black), 30-Cardinal Tetra, 2-SAE (Siamese Algae Eater), 3-Red Platy, 5-Otocinclus affinis, 2-Corydoras arcuatus, 1-Corydoras rabauti, 1-Corydoras julii
Materials
Substrate consists of "Substrate Gold" (commercially enhanced laterite) under 2-3mm natural colored gravel. A large piece of branchy driftwood is used for planting the Anubias coffeafolia and nana. Java moss originally anchored to misc. rocks.