#20: 208L Aquatic Garden
John Martin, Fairfax VA USA | E-mail: JAquatics at hotmail.com | Aquascaper Website
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Awards and Judge Comments

Second Place

You must be Dutch. I think the design goal is well executed. The composition benefits from the use of colors. If there is anything to suggest, enhance the lines in the plant groups and shorten the Alternanthera a little.

Wim van Drongelen

I really like this tank, and was surprised to see that it was a 55G tank. Those tanks can be extremely difficult to work with because of the lack of space from front to back. This aquarist has done an admirable job of making the tank LOOK deeper than I know it is! Nice use of color too. Great photos and planting diagram make it easy to assess this tank at its best too!

Karen Randall

Aquascape Details

Tank Size
122 x 30 x 46 cm (48 x 12 x 18 in)
208L (55 gallons)

black background paper taped to the back


220 watts of power compact lighting:
Two 55 watt 6700k bulbs and two 55 watt 5400k bulbs
Lights are on 12 hours/off 12 hours a day


Eheim 2026 cannister filter with eheim prefilter.
Cannister contains (from bottom of cannister to top):
efimech, coarse filter pad, Phoszorb, efisubsrat, fine filter pad

Additional Information

Fertilized with Seachem brand fertilizers (flourish, flourish iron, flourish potassium), the flourite substrate is fertilized with Jobes 13-4-5 house plant sticks.



Alternanthera Roseafolia
Anubias barteri var. nana
Bacopa Caroliniana
Cryptocoryn sp.
Hemianthus micranthemoides
Heteranthera zosterifolia(a little mixed in)
Hygrophila stricta
Lileaopsis novae
Limnophila sessiliflora
Ludwigia repens
Microsorum pteropus
Vesicularia dubyana


2-Apistogramma cacatuoides 'triple red'
7-Corydoras melanistrus brevirostris
5-Otocinclus affinis
10-Rasboras heteromorpha
3-Crossocheilus siamensis
15-Cardina japonica


driftwood - 36 inches long, runs across the whole length of the tank.