#92: 378L Aquatic Garden
Ron Barter, Perth Ontario Canada | E-mail: mistnfrost at superaje.com
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Awards and Judge Comments

This is a very interesting and well-composed aquascape with great use of open space.. Aquascapes with crypts like these requires patience and forethought. Some of the photos have a yellowish cast that probably isn't the true color of the aquarium. The glossostigma foreground could use a little more time to thicken up. C. calamistratum and C. crispatula near the front detract slightly from the scene.

Roger Miller

Cover big part of driftwood with more Crypts, Java fern or Java moss. Probably plant a few more C.balansae to the left of tank.

Detlef Hupfeld

What an amazing piece of driftwood! The plants are arranged in a way that really compliments and enhances the wood.

Chuck Gadd

Aquascape Details

Tank Size
152 x 46 x 61 cm (60 x 18 x 24 in)
Volume
378L (100 gallons)
Lighting
4 - 55 watt pc fluorescent
Filtration
Rainbow Lifegard pleated cartridge, Mag drive 1200 pump
Additional Information
Tank runs on laterite in substrate, CO2, PMDD and generous amounts of food. This is the third year this aquarium has been running, with many of the fish in the tank since it was set up. I am slowly narrowing down the number of species of plants, hopefully providing a more cohesive, less chaotic appearance , and allowing better use of the strong diagonal of the driftwood and the (hard to maintain!) open spaces. As I have eliminated many of the faster growing species of plants, I've enjoyed the added benefit of less maintenance.
Plants
Crinum calamistratum, Cryptocoryne affinis, C. beckettii, C. crispatulata, C. pontederiifolia, C. walkeri, C. wendtii, C. x willisii, C. undulata, Echinodorus tennellus, Glossostigma elatinoides, Hemianthus micranthamoides, Heteranthera zosterifolia, Hygrophila corymbosa "compact", Microsorum pteropus, M. pteropus "windelov", Vesicularia dubyana
Fish/Animals
Ancistrus deolichopterus, Barbus titteya, Bedotia geayi, Botia macracanthus, B. striata, Corydoras trilineatus, Crossocheilus siamensis, Melanotaenia boesemani, M. trifasciata "Goyder River", Otocinclus affinis, Trichogaster leeri
Materials
1 large piece of driftwood, natural 2mm quartz gravel, granite