Entry #27: 340L Aquatic Garden: rainbow garden
joel baloro, vancouver british columbia canada | E-mail: baloro at shaw.ca
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Bright and eye-catching tank. The composition is a little weak, but I like the planned-for succession of combining both Riccia and Lilaeopsis on the bottom of the tank. When the Riccia gets overgrown, or too much of a bother, the Lilaeopsis is already there to replace it. While either the Boesemani rainbows or the tetra schools would be nice, I find their inclusion in the same tank a little jarring. Both in terms of color, also knowing what different environments they come from. When I went back to look for the last year's entry, I had a hard time identifying this tank, it had changed so much! The clue was the combination of Rainbows and tetras. There are many less Rainbows this year, that leads me to believe that conditions favor the tetras.


Nice looking tank with a very striking stand of Cryptocoryne in the front of the tank. Also some beautiful rainbowfish that seem at home in this garden. I'd suggest moving the hygro towards the back in a tighter bunch and smoothing out the riccia to blend with the foreground better. Very nice tank.


Aquascape Details

Tank Size 122 x 46 x 30 cm (48 x 18 x 12 in)
Volume 340L (90 gallons)
Background black paper
Lighting four 55 watt compact flourescents, one 40 watt flourescent
Filtration eheim pro 2026
diy co2 attached to intake of eheim.
Title rainbow garden
Plants (1)anubias barteri var. nana - (2)bacopa caroliniana - (3)cryptocoryne wendtii 'mi oya' - (4)heteranthera zosterifolia - (5)hygrophila corymbosa - (6)lilaeopsis brasiliensis - (7)microsorum pteropus 'windelov' - (8)riccia fluitans - (9)rotala wallichii
Fish/Animals crossocheilus siamensis hemigrammus bleheri melantaenia boesemani otocinclus spec. aff. affinis paracheirodon axelrodi trichogaster leeri
red sea plant substate mixed with river gravel