#48: 720L Aquatic Garden: contrast
Frode Roe, Trondheim Sor-Tronde Norway | E-mail: post at akvasia.no | Aquascaper Website
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Awards and Judge Comments

This aquascape is very well laid out, with more form than any other entry in this class. I would have scored this entry higher if not for a few details; the water appears a little cloudy, the large stand of M. umbrosum is overgrown with brown-looking stems visible at the front, and the right side of the tank is not clearly pictured in any photograph. I also think that pigeon blood discus are an unfortunate choice for planted tanks. Their color does not rest comfortably with the green of the plants.

Roger Miller

Improve rock arrangement paying attention to texture, size and quantity. Also clumps of Java moss lacking of natural flow. Open space in center of tank devides into half. Although Umbrosum grows very nice you should cut earlier (brown bare stems) and plant something other behind.

Detlef Hupfeld

A very fitting name for this tank. Some amazing contrasts in there. My tanks tend toward overgrown and crowded, and I've never been a big fan of the more formal tanks. This tank has lots of elements of the more formal tanks, with the large sculptured patches of plants, but it still reveals some wild touches, such as the E. tennelus letting some of the substrate show thru instead of looking like a manicured golf-green. The many shades of green, along with the splashes of red compliment each other nicely. And I usually don't like the marine-blue backgrounds, but it works beautifully in this tank.

Chuck Gadd

Aquascape Details

Tank Size
200 x 60 x 60 cm (79 x 24 x 24 in)
Volume
720L (190 gallons)
Background
Blue/black paint.
Lighting
Total 348watt. 1x 58 w philips tld 840. 3x58w philips tld 950. 2x58w philips 965.
Filtration
Eheim 2028 proff II external filter.
Additional Information
Fertilization. Tropica master grow. Aquarium landscapes formula K, Aquarium landscapes formula T. Laterite in the substrate.
Title
contrast
Plants
Vesicularia dubyana, nesaea crassicaulis, Micranthemum umbrosum, Ludwigia repens, Echinodorus tennelus, Cryptocoryne crispatula, balansae, Vallisneria natans.
Fish/Animals
4 Pigeon blood discus, 4 blue diamond discus, 60 cheirodon axelrodi, 5 Apistogramma cacatuoides, 5 Apistogramma agasizzii, 5 Apistogramma hongsloi ll, 1 clown loach, 20 Cardinia japonica, 10 Otocinclus sp. 3 S. flying fox. 1 Hypancistrus zebra.
Materials
Terraces build up with rocks. Drifwood. Substrate made up with 1/4 laterite.