#45: 22L Aquatic Garden: Hillside Paradise
Chung Lai Cheng, Sean, Hong Kong Hong Kong
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Awards and Judge Comments

Honorable Mention

This is a well-conceived composition and an eye-catching presentation. The entry would be improved with some careful trimming. The big stand of R. rotundifolia looks much better against a dark background.

Roger Miller

Amazingly well balanced mini scape with vigorous growth, depth of space and natural flow. Plant selection very appealing. Guppies may lead to overpopulation. Minor drawback: unpleasing tank frames!

Detlef Hupfeld

A lush garden, but not enough definition between plants. The moss has spread a little too wildly for my tastes

Chuck Gadd

Aquascape Details

Tank Size
38 x 24 x 31 cm (15 x 9.4 x 12 in)
22L (6 gallons)
Self adhesive blue paper
2 x 15w NA fluorescent lamp, 1 x 24w PL tube
Eheim 2211 external canister filter
Additional Information
Fertilization: ADA Brighty K 5ml/day, ADA Step 2 5ml/day I always enjoy creating small aquascape since living space is limited here in Hong Kong and it's not easy to afford a large space to accommodate a big tank. Although the size of the tank is small, I tried to create a spacious look by planting Glossostigma elatinoides in vast area of the layout, with the taller plants planted at the corner behind the driftwood to create a "Hillside" appearance. I entered the 2002 ADA International Aquascaping Contest with this layout and was lucky enough to be placed at the top 500 among all the entries from all over the world.
Hillside Paradise
Glossostigma elatinoides, Echinodorus tenellus, Rotala rotundifolia, Rotala nanjeanshanensis, Ludwigia arcuata, Hemianthus micranthemoides, Microsorum pteropus, Fontinalis anitpyretica
Poecilia reticulata (Wild guppy), Cyprinidae sp., Otocincius sp., Cardina japonica
ADA Aqua Soil Amazonia, Driftwood and self-collected rocks from local beach