#60: 680L Aquatic Garden
Vinny Kutty, Chatsworth California USA | E-mail: kutty at earthlink.net | Aquascaper Website
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Awards and Judge Comments

The aquarium is obviously healthy, but the aquascape is perhaps a little too relaxed; it seems a little unfocused and a little overgrown. The water looks cloudy, which could be because of oxygen bubbles. Regardless of whether the cloudiness is caused by particles or by bubbles, the effect is the same.

Roger Miller

Tank lacks of depth! Plants in the foreground grown too thick.

Detlef Hupfeld

This tank has a lot in common with my own. Mine are usually overgrown, and while I tend to prefer a more natural looking tank and less sculpted, I feel it is a little too far on the "wild" side. The Dwarf Sag seems to have taken over, and takes away from the aquascaping. The dense stand of Rotala indica is one of my favorite details in this tank. Some of the green plants seem a little pale.

Chuck Gadd

Aquascape Details

Tank Size
183 x 61 x 61 cm (72 x 24 x 24 in)
Volume
680L (180 gallons)
Background
black
Lighting
Three 175 Watt Metal Halide bulbs. 6500
Filtration
Eheim 2028
Additional Information
Fertilization: 150 ml Tropica MasterGrow per week - dosed 3 times. 2 teaspoon K2SO4 per week. Half teaspoon KNO3 per week. 1/8 teaspoon K2HPO4 once or twice a week dosed on days when traces are not dosed. 60% water changes weekly. CO2 (at 25-30 mg/liter) injected with pH controller and diffused through Eheim filter. Maintenance: The plants cease to pearl without weekly water changes or phosphate additions. Interestingly, spot algae on front pane is actually reduced when phosphate dosing is doubled. The tank is 8 months old and requires at least 2 hours of weekly pruning. Due to the high growth rates of the plants, the fertilization regime took more than 6 months to pin down - there was always some limiting nutrient that had to be chased down. The tank was inspired by Arend van den Nieuwenhuizen's "Das Wunder im Wohnzimmer", a book about Dutch style tanks in the 1960s and 70s. However, I prefer a looser, less rigid interpretation of the Leiden style. Given the amount of nutrients fed into the tank, retaining any sense of style or look is impossible for more than a couple of days.
Plants
Nymphaea lotus "Green", Cryptocoryne wendtii "red", Bacopa monnieri, Hygrophila stricta, Echinodorus sp. Rubin, Vallisneria sp., Rotala macrandra, Microsorum pteropus "Windelov", Java Moss, Sagittaria subulata, Alternanthera reineckii "Rosaefolia", Rotala indica, Micranthemum micranthemoides, Cabomba aquatica, Hygrophila corymbosa, Crypotocoryne pontederifolia, Anubias nana, Hygrophila difformis, Crinum thaianum, Aponogeton ulvaceus, Sagittaria sp. "Shoe lace", Nymphaea lotus "red".
Fish/Animals
Congo Tetra (Phenacogrammus interruptus), Keyhole Cichlid (Cleitracara maronii), Bolivian Ram (Mikrogeophaus altisponosa), Celebes Rainbow (Telmatherina ladigesi), Cardinal Tetra, Florida Flag fish (Jordanella floridae), SAE, Rasbora dorsocellata.
Materials
Substrate: 1 inch mix of Fluorite, laterite and AZOO Time Release fertilizer on the bottom with 3 inches of clean gravel above. Driftwood: large piece covered with Microsorum pteropus "Windelov" and Java moss used to create a "street".