#71: 140L Aquatic Garden
Chan Kok Leong, Singapore Singapore Singapore | E-mail: kychow at pacific.net.sg
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Awards and Judge Comments

Honorable Mention

I like the shape of this tank, and it's slightly less "manicured" look is just right to make it a comfortable home for this group of young wild angels. The exhibitor has obviously chosen his foreground plants well for this deep tank. They have grown in and established a nice thick carpet, even in the relatively dim area below the taller plants. I had to take a few points off for viability, since in my experience, Adult angels tend to view cardinals as a light snack!

Karen Randall

Nice tank with a good balance!

Claus Christensen

Aquascape Details

Tank Size
86 x 61 x 61 cm (34 x 24 x 24 in)
Volume
140L (37 gallons)
Background
Black styrofoam
Lighting
5x20watt PLC bulb
Filtration
External Power Filter
Additional Information
Complete Dennerle System. Dennerle C02 canister and regulator 2 bubble per second via Dennerle flipper diffuser.
Plants
Vesicularia Sp.(Christmass Moss),Cryptocoryne Balansae, Cryptocoryne Petchii, Anubias Nana, Nymphaea Lotus, Hydrocotyle Leuocephala, Hottonia Inflata, Eleocharis Parvulus + Echinodorus Tenellus.

C. balansae were chosen as the main theme planted at the back and around the driftwood on the left. C. petchii were used to complement them and to provide a continuation between the driftwood and the layout to the right. In turn, Anubias nana were planted randomly amon the Crypt. petchi for leaves shape contrast. Christmas moss on the driftwood make them more natural while the foreground was planted with a mixture of Echinodorus tenellus and Eleocharis parvulus to complete the wild look.

To draw the viewer's attention towards the back, Nymphaea lotus were planted there emphasizing the depth of the layout as well as to provide a break to the green of the C. balansae. To soften the dark red Nymphaea, the bright green of Hydrocotyle leococephala were used in between.

Fish/Animals
Paracheirodon Axelrodi, Pterophyllum Altum, Otocinclus Affinis, Crossocheilus Siamensis, Caridina Japonica

Contrary to popular belief that cardinal tetras are not suitable tankmates for Altum angels, this particular tank has had this combination for 13 months without any casualties to the tetras. The angels had been raised from young with the tetras, well fed with mainly dried food. With the tetras swimming happily among them, it is evident that the angels see little reason to harrass their smaller tankmates and in fact are quite used to having them around. Unless the angels grow too big which is unlikely in an aquarium environment and starving, I would not anticipate any problems. The vertical stripes of the angels blend well with the Cryptocoryne balansae while the tetras provide a vibrant splash of color to the set-up.

Materials
Dennerle Deponit Base Compound 3cm, 2-3 mm Quartz Gravel, Driftwood.

The intention was to create a wild look to the tank, thus driftwood was chosen as the dark colors serve the purpose. As the shape of the tank tends to naturally draw the focus to the centre of the tank, the driftwood were arranged slightly to the left to give a wider impression. A taller piece of driftwood was used, placed almost vertical to make use of the empty space at the top half and leaning steeply from the left towards the right freground. Smaller intricate pieces were placed underneath to form labyrinth for the fish to swim around.