#104: 907L Aquatic Garden: Discus Repose
Jeffrey Senske, Houston TX USA | E-mail: jsenske at aquariumdesigngroup.com | Aquascaper Website
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Awards and Judge Comments

This is an impressive discus tank. The aquascape is well-composed and it features some of the best-looking large sword plants in the competition. I think the large piece of driftwood looms a little too prominently at the front of the tank. The pigeon blood discus appear garish and out of place in an otherwise very peaceful aquascape.

Roger Miller

Layout too firm! Nice driftwood but add more of same texture as a support for the big and (too) small one. Plant some more C.spiralis and E.quadricostatus 1/3 from left side of tank. Or what about some Crypts here and there in the foreground?

Detlef Hupfeld

I love the large piece of wood. It's a great constrast to the bright green surrounding it. I would like to see more colors, even if it was simply more shades of green. Along with some constrasting colors, I'd like to see a few constrasting leaf shapes. There are areas of the tank that seen very dark. I've encountered similar lighting problems on my 46g bowfront.

Chuck Gadd

Aquascape Details

Tank Size
183 x 61 x 81 cm (72 x 24 x 32 in)
Volume
907L (240 gallons)
Background
Black paint.
Lighting
2 - 4-foot fluorescent w/2-10K 110-watt and 2-Trichromatic 110-watt bulbs.
Filtration
2- Eheim 2260 canisters.
Additional Information
This is a bow-front aquarium, not shot with a fisheye lens! Discus have thrived for past 10 months with two pairs that spawn regularly. The foreground has held up very well through Discus feeding, foraging, etc. This has proven a very viable layout for discus in my experience.
Title
Discus Repose
Plants
Amazon Sword, Red Rubin Sword, Ozelot Sword, Rose Sword, Cryptocoryne spiralis, Echinodorus quadricostatus, Lilaeopsis novae-zelandae, Glossostigma elatinoides.
Fish/Animals
Symphysodon (discus) species, Cardinal Tetras, Bleeding-Heart Tetras, O-Cats, Yamato shrimp.
Materials
Laterite, Terra-Lit, Flourite + Natural quartz gravel. "Iron-Root" wood.