Entry #5: 125L Aquatic Garden: The Easy Cube
Peter Nyman, Linkoping Sweden | E-mail: petny at hotmail.com | Aquascaper Website
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Awards and Judge Comments

Looks like a fun little tank, but the foreground was obviously very recently installed. The Limnophilla is looking a bit leggy, and the E. stellatat looks to have stalled. Too much emphasis on stem plants with little structure.


Too much foreground/background definition (lush/sparse).


This tank has a great deal of potential with the addition of some different varieties of plants. The Cabomba is nice and healthy looking and will make a nice group once pruned and replanted. Unfortunately, there seems to be some nutrient issues in this tank and the leaf textures are too uniform. Bring out the group of Hygrophila and add a taller grass-like plant for some contrast. Also addition of some round leaves will dramatically improve this aquascape. Nice tank.


Aquascape Details

Tank Size 50 x 50 x 50 cm (20 x 20 x 20 in)
Volume 125L (33 gallons)
Background Blue cloth (Temporary).
Lighting 4 x 15 W fluorescents, 10 000 K, 10 hours.
Filtration Fluval 2 internal filter.
Adding PMDD twice a week. DIY CO2-addition. This tank was first set up as an experiment tank to find out how some of my plants would stand a very high water flow rate (prefered by some catfishes). The extra pump was soon needed to other purposes and the tank ended up like this. (Now with normal flowrate).
Title The Easy Cube
Plants 1, Eustralis Stellata 2, Limnophila sessiflora. 3, Echinodorus Tenellus. 4, Cabomba Caroliniana. 5, Microsorum Pteropus "Windelov". 6, Hygrophila polysperma. 7, Egeria Densa. 8, Rotala rotundifolia.
Fish/Animals Peckoltia sp L134 Leopard Frog Pleco, Caridina Japonica. (Neither visible in the pictures)
Black substrate, some driftwood.