#99: 284L Aquatic Garden: ULM-1 (Ultra Low Maintenance)
Vincent Chan, Valhalla NY USA | E-mail: vincechan at earthlink.net
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Awards and Judge Comments

Honorable Mention

This is a very well-composed aquascape that produces a strong visual impact. I'm very impressed that this can be done in a low-maintenance tank.

Roger Miller

Low light low maintenance layout with natural flow. Well done!

Detlef Hupfeld

Aquascape Details

Tank Size
122 x 46 x 51 cm (48 x 18 x 20 in)
284L (75 gallons)
Black Paper
6 X 38 (T8) mixed spectrum. 8 hrs/day
Fluval 304. Floss only.
Additional Information
CO2 2 bubbles/second. Montly Potasium, Kent Pro-plant, Seachem iron, Dupla24. - if needed.
ULM-1 (Ultra Low Maintenance)
Anubias barteri var. nana, Eleocharis acicularis, Echinodorus tenellus (small form), Bolbitis heudelotii, Cryptocoryne parva, Cryptocoryne wendtii - bronze, Cryptocoryne wendtii - green, Cryptocoryne x willisii, Hygrophila polysperma, Microsorum - narrow, Microsorum pteropus, Microsorum pteropus 'Windel
Major Group: Trichogaster leeri x 3, Rasbora heteromorpha - School, Tanichthys albonubes - School; Minor Group (working their way out): Paracheirodon innesi x 2, Hemigrammus erythrozonus (albino) x 4, Poecilia reticulata x 4; Cleaning Crew: Otocinclus affinis, Yamato Numa Ebi, Crossocheilus siamensis
Seachem Flourite mixed with river pebles. Moss-covered and fern-covered driftwood. This is an ultra-low maintenance tank. Due to choice of plants and nutrient manangement, plant trimmings are done every 6 to 8 weeks, if needed - Great for a busy schedule. Aside from the Bolbitis heudelotii, Anubias barteri var. nana, Echinodorus tenellus and the minor fish group, the main plant and fish combination leans toward a tropical Asian biotope-like enviornment. Visually, I am trying to achieve a center-focus layout. The moss-covered woods and the un-manicured look works well in a low-maintenance setup. This tank has maintain it's "equilibrium" for over 8 months.