Entry #3: 23L Aquatic Garden: Work Break
Dave VanderWall, Minneapolis MN United States | Aquascaper Website
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Awards and Judge Comments

This is a rugged, sturdy aquascape, sure to be enjoyed by its owner for years to come. It gets full marks for viability. Unfortunately, while asymetry is sometimes a very good thing the design of this tank is jarringly off balance. Additionally, One large Java fern leaf is badly deteriorated, and should have been removed. This is a shame, because otherwise the tank is in vibrant good health, and looks like it has been meticulously maintained. A couple of points were also lost due to the lone cardinal tetra. Either take him back to the store, or get him some friends. These fish should never be kept singly. A group of 6 would be minimum, and even that is on the low side.


Overall a nice tank in the early stages. The selection of anubias for the tank is a little unusual with the barteri being a little too large for the tank. Also, I'd suggest trimming dead leaves before taking pics in the future and the plants look like they need a little fertilization. Good first effort.


Aquascape Details

Tank Size 20 x 41 x 30 cm (7.9 x 16 x 12 in)
Volume 23L (6 gallons)
Background none
Lighting 15W fluorescent
Filtration floss, bio-wheel
yeast fermentation CO2
Title Work Break
Plants crypts, java fern, anubias, christmas moss
Fish/Animals dwarf gourami, cardinal tetra, midget suckermouth catfish, shrimp (japonica)
plain, fine gravel (w/ laterite), small rocks, plastic log decoration