Entry #43: 284L Aquatic Garden: The Hill
Ricky Cain, Athens TX USA | E-mail: rlcain1 at earthlink.net | Aquascaper Website
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Awards and Judge Comments

Honorable Mention

This aquarist clearly put a great deal of effort into this design. However, it is a little stark for my tastes, and could be improved with some tasteful rockwork. It is well designed in terms of longevity, though. The plants used should make it fairly straightforward to keep the same "feeling" for a long time!


Incredibly unique and vibrant tank! You should be commended on keeping the "hill" in place without it disintegrating as is the case with most mounds. The plants all look incredibly healthy and the driftwood covered with the narrow leaf java fern mimics a tree. Very nice!


Aquascape Details

Tank Size 122 x 46 x 53 cm (48 x 18 x 21 in)
Volume 284L (75 gallons)
Background Plastic ceiling light panel painted blue.
Lighting 220W CF 10 hours per day
Filtration Eheim 2028
Eheim pressurized CO2, Seachem Flourish dosed 8ml 2x week, Seachem Fe 15ml roughly everyday, KNO3, K & PO4 dosed as needed.
Title The Hill
Plants Cypherus helferi, Eleocharis acicularis, Microsorium pteropus "narrow leaf", Microsorium pteropus "Windelov"
Fish/Animals 28 - Hemigrammus erythrozonus, 5 - Otocinclus affinis.
Two pieces of driftwood "fused" to make low a profile centerpiece. The hill is a mound of Flourite substrate and white Dekoline quartz around the perimeter.