Entry #56: 284L Aquatic Garden
Kurt H. Niedrich, Long Beach CA USA | E-mail: aquascapes.tv at verizon.net | Aquascaper Website
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Awards and Judge Comments

Honorable Mention

What a nice design, I can understand yhe owner's renewed interest

Wim van Drongelen

This is a very different looking tank, but I like it! The aquarist has used some interesting and a little unusual plants, but everything looks to be in glowing good health. The Barclaya is a particularly beautiful specimen!

Karen Randall

Aquascape Details

Tank Size 122 x 46 x 51 cm (48 x 18 x 20 in)
Volume 284L (75 gallons)
Background Black aquarium background.
Lighting 5 x 40 wt. normal output flourescents, 65k.
Filtration Magnum 350 with diy pvc spraybar.
Additional
Information
I've recently experienced a renewed interest in this 3 year old aquascape although I still consider it my low maintenance tank. I realize that I've starved it in the past with poor fertilization routines and DIY yeast co2. I now use an Accumax high pressure system and timer. I've used only Seachem's Flourish line for liquid fertilization and Azoo's substrate fertilizer. The only recent additions to this aquarium are the black harlequin rasboras and a second generation of regular harlequins. The red Barclaya has spread throughout the tank on it's own and is growing larger than I ever thought it would. It should be noted that the substrate is from the tank previous to this one and is in fact closer to 5 years old as is the wood and Amazon sword (off shoot).
Plants Crinum calimastratim, Vesticularia dubyana, Echinodoris amizonicus, E. tennellus reg. and red forms, Barclaya longifolia, Anubias bartari var. nana, Cryptocoryne balansae, C. retrospiralis, C. wendtii var. brown, Isoetes lacustris, Microsorium pteropus
Fish/Animals Trichogaster Leeri, Rasbora heteromorpha, R. heteromorpha "black", Botia macranthus, Otocinclus arnoldi, Cardina japonica, Poecilia petenensis
Decorative
Materials
Two lg. and one small piece of wood are covered with various epiphytic plants. Also, many small rocks are covered with Java moss. Substrate is Seachem's Flourite.