#21: 189L Aquatic Garden
Dave Gomberg, San Francisco CA USA | Aquascaper Website
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Awards and Judge Comments

I like the jungle approach as the owner describes it. The contrast between empty space and planted area does well. The jungle has a nice 'structure'.

Wim van Drongelen

This is a different style of tank than many of the others, but one I really admire. It is a stable long-term tank that proves its stability by the healthy plant growth and the un-aided successful reproduction of the residents! The aquarist has chosen mostly slower growing plant species that may be less "showy" than some high light/fast growth species, but also allow the aquarist more time to enjoy the tank while spending less time on maintenance. While the aquarist claims to do minimal maintenance, the amount that they do is clearly enough to maintain balance in the tank. From the standpoint of showing an entry in a competition, I would not purposely include photos of damaged or struggling plants. Honesty is a noble quality, but it's OK to "show" your tank to best advantage!

Karen Randall

Aquascape Details

Tank Size
91 x 46 x 56 cm (36 x 18 x 22 in)
Volume
189L (50 gallons)
Background
black plastic
Lighting
2x95w cf
Filtration
UGF w/50 gph powerhead
Additional Information
Tropica MasterGrow, KNO3, K2SO4, Ca+Mg, Schultz African Violet food
Plants
Echinodorus "rose"; Echinodorus "rubin"; Cryptocoryne "MiOya"; Lobelia; Sagittaria subulata; Microsorum pteropus; M. p. "Windelov"; Hygrophila angustifolia; Cryptocoryne parva
Fish/Animals
Black Ruby barbs; Crossocheilus siamensis; Corydoras aneus "green"; Otocinclus sp.
Materials
Substrate: Turface MVP; Rocks; Driftwood (covered with plants)