#35: 38L Aquatic Garden
Adrian MacGeraghty, Arvada CO USA | E-mail: duxrneet at excite.com
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Awards and Judge Comments

A healthy looking tank; not a trivial thing for the size. I like the main composition: plants vs. empty space. A little more organization in the plant groups might enhance the overall impression

Wim van Drongelen

This is a healthy looking tank that suffers from a number of minor problems that, unfortunately, add up. There are water spots visible on the glass in some photos, and the water is not clear. Stem plants usually look better if they are planted in stronger groupings that make more of a "statement". The tossed salad look of this tank, and a few too many fish give that tank a rather busy appearance. While it does not directly affect the placing (or judging) of the tank, it is better to try to photograph a tank at night with all other lights nearby turned off. This will help prevent some of the reflections seen in these photos.

Karen Randall

Aquascape Details

Tank Size
51 x 25 x 25 cm (20 x 9.8 x 9.8 in)
Volume
38L (10 gallons)
Background
black garbage bag
Lighting
2x17watt bright kit retro kittor
Filtration
1 Wisper junior for water movement
Additional Information
I use a DIY yeast bottle that is taken into the whisper filter to absorb the CO2. I have 15 rasboras in the tank and about 4 ottos and an ancistrus. My favorite tank so far.
Plants
Hygrophila-corymbosa, polysperma "sunset" Cryptocoyne sp. Cabomba caroliana Microsorum pteropus (java fern)
Fish/Animals
Rasbora heteromorpha (Harlequin rasbora) Otocinclus sps. Ancistrus sp. 1 horseface loach a ghost shrimp and a lone danio that I haven't been able to net out of the tank yet (very fast)
Materials
I use regular aquarium gravel, with a little bit of garden soil in the bottom. I used 2 rocks (from my garden) to set the java fern on.