Entry #20: 76L Aquatic Garden: A Walk on the Wild Side
Javier Feliu, Panama Panama Panama | E-mail: jfeliu at rotary.org.pa
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Awards and Judge Comments

While I like the selection of fish, and the tank is healthy and well cared for, the composition is weak. The chunky reddish rocks clash with the soft "forest" look. In terms of viability, using a plant like hemianthus as a ground cover is only for those who love to tinker on an almost daily basis. This plant loves to grow up into large, soft mounds.


Too much of a sense of background and foreground with no blending or visual flow.


The plants in this tank are obviously healthy and growing well. The mixture of the plants used make this a nice tank to look at. I'd like to see the Cabomba moved to the back as a grouping and the Ludwigia pruned and planted towards the left or right side of the tank in front of the Cabomba. Prune the Micranthemum to slope down towards the front to act as a foreground. Nice tank with lots of potential.


Aquascape Details

Tank Size 71 x 30 x 36 cm (28 x 12 x 14 in)
Volume 76L (20 gallons)
Background Solid black background
Lighting 4 x 20W Hagen Aquaglow 24-inch flourescent tubes. Total 80W.
Filtration Hagen Aquaclear 200 with a sponge and a activated carbon bag. The activated carbon is never changed so it actually works as a biological medium. The filter is set to half speed during the day to conserve CO2 and to full speed at nights.
The aquarium has 3 Nutrafin Natural CO2 systems installed. The yeast cultures are change every 10 days or so. For fertilization I use 3 ml of Kent Water Garden Micronutrient Supplement every 3 days after water change. Water change: 25% twice a week.
Title A Walk on the Wild Side
Plants Hemianthus micranthemoides, Ludwigia Repens, Anubias Barteri, Anubias Nana, Cabomba Caroliniana, Echinodorus Amazonicus, Hygrophila polysperma
Fish/Animals Hyphessobrycon Herbertaxelrodi (Black Neon) 4, Paracheirodon Axelrodi (Cardinal Tetra) 11, Hyphessobrycon Sweglesi (Red Phantom Tetra) 4, Thoracocharax Stellatus (Silver Hatchetfish) 2, Peckoltia Vittata (Striped Sucker Catfish) 2, Otocinclus Affinis (Midget Sucker Catfish) 4
Substrate: Bottom - 100% Flourite; Middle - 50% Flourite 50% Onyx Sand; Top - 100% Onyx Sand. Rocks: Three medium-size pieces of petrified wood arrange in a triangular fashion. Several small pieces of petrified wood placed in no particular order.