Entry #44: 59L Aquatic Garden: Eric's Amazon
Eric Cheng, Kwun Tong Hong Kong China
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Awards and Judge Comments

Second Place

The initial impression of this tank is quite striking, and would be much moreso without the low water line allowing light scatter at the top. I'm not sure why someone would name this an "Amazon" tank with nearly half of the species from the Old World. I get the impression that this tank was fairly recently established. It will be better when the foreground plants have a chance to cover up the chunks of stone that have been dropped in at random. The lily should be trimmed of it's lone tall leaf, and trained to stay low and bushy. With only a slight amount of tweaking, and a little more maturity, this tank could be very, very nice. I like the moss at the surface and the deep dark shadow below a lot!


The plants at the top were interesting in their own right but detracted from the overall appearance. My eyes were always drawn up and away from other areas.


Nice tank with healthy looking plants. The layout could be improved by moving the taller growing plants into the back like the sword plants and the Cryptocoryne balansae. Once the smaller crytps fill in, this could be a really nice tank especially with the school of Rasboras and rummynose tetras.


Aquascape Details

Tank Size 90 x 22 x 30 cm (35 x 8.7 x 12 in)
Volume 59L (16 gallons)
Background processed foam board (Black)
Lighting 4 x 25W T8
Filtration Eheim ecco 2231
Co2 supply: Non-stop, a bubble per 6 seconds Soil: ADA Amazon Soil (Black)
Title Eric's Amazon
Plants Microsorium ptepropus, Vesicularia dubyana, Vallisneria spiralis, Echinoodorus amazonicus, Echinodorus latifolius, Nuphar lutea var, Cryptocoryne willisii, Cryptocoryne wendtii
Fish/Animals Hemigrammus rhodostomus, Rosbora heteromorpha, Otocinclus affinis
6 pcs Driftwoods, small rocks