#89: 151L Aquatic Garden: Sword Garden
Diana Berberich, Newburgh NY USA | E-mail: fishfaceid at yahoo.com
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Awards and Judge Comments

I'm impressed by this collection of Echinodorus, but the larger specimens are already about as big as this tank can hold, and the Oriental can quickly outgrow its location. The remaining plants should be more effectively arranged to add color and texture..

Roger Miller

Tank would benefit from intensified bold planting (and reduced plant variety), more depth and darker gravel. You should provide a bigger tank for adult discus.

Detlef Hupfeld

Wonderful colors, and the swords create a great look, but I don't know how long they will fit into this space.

Chuck Gadd

Aquascape Details

Tank Size
91 x 46 x 43 cm (36 x 18 x 17 in)
151L (40 gallons)
Blue plastic
Florescent Tubes: 25 watts- 4 each
Fluval 304
Additional Information
Echinodorus (sword plants) are king of the aquatic plants. They are some of the oldest plants to have graced the tanks of biginners and advanced aquarists, rewarding us with their robust ability to grow under varied conditions. With hybridization new varieties are being developed in the hobby. I have seen Crypt gardens in tanks over the years, and was curious to see if I could create an appealing garden dominated by Sword Plants. With the variety of specimens available it seemed obvious that Sword plants were more than just center peices. I really enjoyed creating this aquascape.
Sword Garden
Echino Red Flame Echino Oriental Echino Compacta Echino tenellus Echino bolivianus Echino quadracostus Echino Rubin Nymphoides ? (floating) Rotala macranda Anubius nana, variagated Lindernia rotundafolia Vesicularia daubyana Microsorum pteropus, dwarf Glossostigma elatinoides Marsilia drumondii Rotala indica, uliginosa Nymphea lotus, Zenkeri
2 Discus 18 Cardinals Tetras 5 Rummy Nose Tetras 4 Silver Tip Tetras 6 Pygmy Cory Catfish 6 Betta Splendens 2 Cory Catfish
Wood, Rock. Pebbles Substrate: soil, Flourite, gravel