#36: 272L Aquatic Garden
robert sirota, huntingdon valley pa usa | E-mail: rob.sirota at aya.yale.edu
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Awards and Judge Comments

It is nice to have so much information about the chemical composion and lights. It must be right because the plants look healthy. The composition would benefit from less symmetry. The position of H. corymbosa and the substrate line create a strong symmetry.

Wim van Drongelen

Another tank that I'm sure is the focal point of the aquarist's room. The planting could use a little more organization, however. I also find the bright blue of the background a bit jarring.

Karen Randall

Aquascape Details

Tank Size
122 x 30 x 61 cm (48 x 12 x 24 in)
272L (72 gallons)
Blue paper
4 40 watt GE Aquaray fluorescent tubes; 80watts for 11 hrs, 160 watts for 7 hrs
One fluval 404 and one Fluval 202 canister filter; one biowheel; media includes Phosguard and Purigen; 10% water change weekly
Additional Information
Tank is CO2 injected with a pH controller; pH 6.7; KH 5-6, GH 8; Nitrate 10, nitrite ~0, ammonia ~0; fertilized with Flourish (Seachem) every other week
Alternanthera reineckii, Rotala rotundifolia, Anubias barteri, Echinodorus "Ozelot", Riccia fluitans, Microsorium pteropus, Cryptocoryne wendtii, Hygrophilia corymbosa, Echinodorus bleherei, Lobelia cardinalis, Echinodorus "Rubin". Limnophilia sessiliflora, Vallisneria spiralis, Cerapteris thalictroides
Melanotaenia trifasciata (Banded rainbow), Melanotaenia boesemani (Boesemani rainbow), Bedotia geayi (Madagascan rainbow), Glossolepis incisus (Iranian rainbow), Iriatherina werneri (threadfin rainbow), Hyphessobrycon herbertaxelrodi (black neon), Apistogramma agassizii, Astyanax zonatus (diamond tetra), Brachydanio rerio (Zebra danio), assorted Xiphophorus maculatus (platy)
Substrate:lowest layer = laterite covered by 2-4 mm/particle inert white/green gravel, 1-4 inches; red slate forming a ledge left to right with white marble rock in center forefront; several large blocks of slate and petrified wood in back center; one tall piece of driftwood on left and one low piece of driftwood on right