#18: 219L Aquatic Garden: Jungle v. 2.0
Kim Lew, Redmond WA U.S.A. | Aquascaper Website
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Awards and Judge Comments

This aquarist has met his objectives for a healthy, sustainable planted environment admirably. In terms of design, however, the aquascape is off-balance, and for my taste, too blocky and linear. A little rearranging could make for a more graceful aquascape with the same easy of maintenance. This aquarist gets brownie points from me, however, for the maintenance and improvement of a long-term tank. Look back at the photos of this tank last year, and you can see that the aquarist has had a nice succession and turn-over from fast-growing plants as his slower growing, easier to maintain plants have filled in. Nice job!


The Telanthera roseafolia is beautiful and healthy and really draws the eye. And based on the pictures, the Anubias are obvioiusly healthy since they're flowering. To improve the aquascape, replace some of the Vallisneria with some taller stem plant and move the Telanthera roseafolia to the left side toward the middle of the tank. Also, bring out the foreground more by moving the Anubias back a bit. Very well done.


Aquascape Details

Tank Size
94 x 48 x 53 cm (37 x 19 x 21 in)
219L (58 gallons)
Rock wall background
Two 110W compact fluorescent lights; 12 hours/day
Eheim 2026 canister (standard filter media)
Additional Information
My primary objective for this tank was to create a healthy and sustainable, fully planted aquatic environment--one requiring *relatively* little maintenance. About 18 months and a long list of plants later, I think it's just about there. See my website for details.
Jungle v. 2.0
Telanthera roseafolia, Cryptocoryne wendtii, Cryptocoryne walkeri, Cryptocoryne x willisii, Cryptocoryne x willisii lucens, Microsorium pteropus, Anubias nana, Anubias frazeri, Anubias coffeefolia, Rotala indica, and Vallisneria spiralis
Otocinclus affinis, Crossocheilus siamensis, Corydoras adolfoi, Hyphessobrycon herbertaxelrodi, Hemigrammus ulreyi, Paracheirodon axelrodi, Apistogramma borelli, Gasteropelecus sternicla, Rasbora heteromorpha, Palaemon pantanal, and Neritina reclivata
Petrified wood; quartzite rock; gravel; Seachem Flourite