Entry #26: 284L Aquatic Garden
Jeremy George, Monument Colorado USA
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Awards and Judge Comments

While not as "manicured" as many entries, I like this tank as an example of a lovely planted community tank. I'm sure that this tank brings a lot of enjoyment to its owner, and is a wonderful environment for his fish! I wish more people would submit entries of this sort of tank... I think it more accurately depicts what most of us maintain in our homes on a long-term basis. And after all, that really is what this hobby is about!


Nice selection of plants - many species that mix well together visually.


This looks to be another tank that has much potential. The huge swordplant is an impressive specimin. However, I believe that it's overpowering and is probably choking out the other plants. Moving the nice stand of Hydrocotyle towards the front and the stand of the Cryptocoryne behind it will make a big impact. Also, don't cover up what looks to be a very nice piece of driftwood.


Aquascape Details

Tank Size 122 x 47 x 55 cm (48 x 19 x 22 in)
Volume 284L (75 gallons)
Background Black Plastic
Lighting 120 watts of N.O. florescent and 110 watts of C.F. florescent
Filtration One Eheim ECCO 2235 canister filter (185 GPH)
For fertilizer I am dosing mixture of flourish, flourish potassium and flourish iron once a week. My substrate is 1/3 sand and 2/3 Seachem Flourite. To see some more pictures you can go to: http://www.picturetrail.com/gallery/view?p=999&gid=2631547&uid=1382184
Plants Ambulia Sessiliflora, Rotala Indica, Water Sprite (Ceratopteris thalictroides), Pygmy Chain Sword (Echinodorus tenellus), Crypt Spiralis (Cryptocoryne Spiralis), Ludwigia Peruensis, Hygro Tropic Sunset (Hygrophila Polysperma), Anacharis (Egeria Densa), Parrots Feather (Myriophyllum Aquaticum), Cryptocoryne Wendtii, Pennywort (Hydrocotyle leucocephala)
Fish/Animals 1 Siamese algae eater, 1 bristle nose pleco, 2 pearl gouramis, 2 dwarf african frogs, 3 cory cats, 3 new guinea rainbow fish, 3 adult platies, 2 serpae tetras, 7 cardinal tetras, 12 baby platies 1/4 in. to 1/2 in. and 1 curvicep cichlid
Drift Wood and some red Flagstone in the right corner.