#68: 662L Aquatic Garden
Steven T. Dixon, San Francisco CA USA | E-mail: stdixon at pacbell.net | Aquascaper Website
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Awards and Judge Comments

Second Place

Hey Steve these photos are so much better than those disreputable scans you showed me!

Jeff Kropp

Beautiful, the combination of color, leave shape and substrate

Wim van Drongelen

This is not African. Nice use of decorative elements. Good growth of plants. Try to camouflage the background corners. Suggestion: C. crispatula in de left background corner. Good shoal of cardinal tetra's

Pim Wilhelm

This is a lovely aquascape, carefully planned and executed with excellent plant growth. I am not fond, personally, of rock "rivers" and such, but this is purely a matter of personal preference.

Karen Randall

Aquascape Details

Tank Size
183 x 61 x 74 cm (72 x 24 x 29 in)
Volume
662L (175 gallons)
Background
N/A
Lighting
Metal Halide - 3 - 175 watt bulbs 5500K. Compact fluorescent - 2 96watt 6700K.
Filtration
Two trickle overflow filters
Additional Information
I have tried to capture an African river at the edge of a bluff. The silver hatchets fly over the river watching below.
Plants
See layout diagram for full plant listing. Main plants: Eusteralis stellata, Rotala rotundifolia, Ammannia gracillis, Anubias barteri var. nana, Blyxa sp., Echinodorus tenellus, Rotala macrandra, Cryptocoryne crispatula, Glossostigma elatinoides
Fish/Animals
Cardinal Tetras, Otocinclus, Silver Hatchets, Corydorus sp., Amano Shrimp, Siamese Algae Eater
Materials
Driftwood - Malaysian, Substrate - Gravel/Laterite, River Bed - Sandstone Rocks