#78: 454L Aquatic Garden: Discus Heaven
Donald Davis, Austin TX USA | E-mail: ddaquaria at mac.com | Aquascaper Website
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Awards and Judge Comments

The plants in this aquascape are robust and healthy. I'm not sure I understand the idea in this aquascape. Whatever the concept was, those huge sword plants have certainly outgrown their original place.

Roger Miller

Please plant foreground more delicate and add plants to hide bare stems of E.rubin.

Detlef Hupfeld

This tank presents many wonderful elements. The emergent growth looks great, and the leaves of the Red Rubin really catch my eye. The long stems create a natural looking backdrop for the Angels and Discus. The layout of the tank doesn't flow very well for me. The plants seem somewhat squeezed in around the large Echinodorus on each side. Additionally, the numerous large plants make the tank look dark. However, it might just appear dark in the photos.

Chuck Gadd

Aquascape Details

Tank Size
122 x 61 x 61 cm (48 x 24 x 24 in)
Volume
454L (120 gallons)
Background
adhesive black plastic
Lighting
2-250W MH (5500K)
Filtration
Eheim 2228 (main filter)
Eheim 2226 (secondary filter connected to Dupla 400 CO2 reactor)
Additional Information
5lb CO2 unit connected to the light timer
fertilize with Tropica Mastergrow (50mL) per week after a water change.
fertilize with DuplaPlant 24 on a daily basis (10 drops)
fertilize with jobe plant sticks (for ferns and palms) around the swords when needed
Title
Discus Heaven
Plants
1. Anubias barteri var. nana 2. Anubias barteri v ''coffeefolia'' 3. Echinodorus x 'Rubin' (Red Rubin) 4. Ech. cordifolius v 'Tropica Marble Queen' 5. Ech. tenellus (narrow leaf chain sword) 6. Echinodorus x 'Ozelot' 7. Echniodorus parviflorus 'Tropica 8. Cryptocoryne wendtii 'Tropica' "bronze" 9. Cryptocoryne wendtii ''red'' 10. Cryptocoryne spiralis 11. Cryptocoryne walkeri var. lutea 12. Cryptocoryne blassi 13. Microsorum pteropus 14. Microsorum pteropus 'Windel
Fish/Animals
1. Green Fire tetras 2. Red Phantom Tetras 3. Cardinal Tetras 4. Rummynose tetras 5. Dwarf pencilfish 6. Beckford pencilfish 7. Brown Mandari Discus 8. Wild Peruvian angels 9. Nannacara anomala 10. Apisto borellii 11. Corydoras melanistius melanistius 12. Corydorus julii 13. Otocinclus sp. 14. Siamese Algae Eaters 15. Paraotocinclus 16. Silver Hatchetfish
Materials
Substrate: potting soil, laterite (Dupla G), Terralit, and aquatic soil, blasting sand, and grain sand Other: Pond rocks and driftwood