#70: 208L Aquatic Garden
Roger S. Miller, Albuquerque NM USA | E-mail: rgrmill at rt66.com
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Awards and Judge Comments

Honorable Mention

This is a pretty tank that points out the difficulties of working with a 55 gallon tank, with only 13" from back to front. The layout would be improved with plants of intermediate height between the lovely ground cover plants in the front, and the tall vertical plants in the back, but there is no room for it in these tanks! Still, this exhibitor has made an admirable attempt, and has managed to conceal all equipment in the tank. I suspect that the pale look of some of the plants is more an artifact of lighting, than a sign of deficiency, so I have not marked down for it. I do, however need to mark down for the haziness of the water. We see only glimpses of the animals in the tank, but those we see appear healthy and compatible both with each other and the plants.

Karen Randall

This tank is valuable for very high placement, because of the wide variation of plant arrangements. It has lost some points because of the unpleasant transparency to the back glass.

Kaspar Horst

Aquascape Details

Tank Size
122 x 33 x 51 cm (48 x 13 x 20 in)
Volume
208L (55 gallons)
Background
black fabric
Lighting
4X40 watt Chroma 50
Filtration
No regular filtration. Magnum 350 occasionally used for clean up.
Additional Information
Yeast CO2 changed monthly. Epson salt and KCl added to tap water for 15% weekly water changes. Iron gluconate tablets and Jobes houseplant spikes used in the substrate as needed. Tank water normally clear, but slightly murky at the time the photos were taken because I was poking around in the Marsilea.
Plants
Barclaya longifolia "red", Didiplis diandra, Eleocharis sp., Vallisneria sp., Cryptocoryne crispatula "balansae", Cyperus helferi, Nymphae lotus, Micranthemum micranthemoides, Cryptocoryne lucens(?), Lobelia cardinalis, Cryptocoryne cordata, Rotala rotundifolia, Limnophila sp., Hygrophila corymbosa, Lobelia sp. "dwarf", Marsilea sp.
Fish/Animals
rummy nose tetras, columbian red fin tetras, corydorus pileatus, swordtails, SAEs, ramshorn snails, malaysian trumpet snails.
Materials
Two pieces of petrified wood at the left front of the tank, both colored in shades of red through yellow. From Triassic rocks of the Texas panhandle. Horizontal driftwood piece in right-center, behind the Marsilea carpet, with branches extending parallel to the tank back, parallel to the tank end and about 45 degrees into the foreground. A driftwood root - largely invisible - on the left side of the tank in front of the C. cordata and L. cardinalis. Both driftwood pieces collected from the Rio Grande in Albuquerque