Entry #7: 980L Aquatic Garden: The Big Garden
Peter Nyman, Linkoping Sweden | E-mail: petny at hotmail.com | Aquascaper Website
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Awards and Judge Comments

This is another tank that looks like it is struggling just a bit for light. Big, deep tanks can be challenging to light, but moving to power compacts should allow you to upgrade quite nicely. Alternatively, allow the aquascape to move more in the direction of the low light plants like Anubias and Java ferns.


I like the driftwood in this tank although I think moving it toward the center would have given it great impact. Also, the plants on the left side could be pruned to allow the plants to triangulate towards the center and either the Hygrophila or Cabomba could be moved to the back-right corner to give the aquascape more depth. Please remove the equipment when taking pictures.


Aquascape Details

Tank Size 200 x 70 x 70 cm (79 x 28 x 28 in)
Volume 980L (259 gallons)
Background Black plastic sheet.
Lighting 10 x 30 W fluorescents, 10 hours.
Filtration Eheim 2260 Canister filter, 1900 l/h. Eheim 2028 Canister filter, 1050 l/h. Fluval 3 internal filter.
Automatic addition of PMDD every day. CO2-addition.
Title The Big Garden
Plants 1, Rotala rotundifolia. 2, Hygrophila corymbosa "Siamensis". 3, Limnophila sessiflora. 4, Echinodorus Cordifolius Marble Queen. 5, Rotala Wallichi. 6, Hygrophila Corymbosa "Compact". 7, Aponogeton crispus. 8, Cabomba Caroliniana. 9, Egeria Densa. 10, Hygrophila polysperma. 11, Echinodorus Red Flame. 12, Anubias barteri "coffeefolia". 13, Hemianthus Callitrichoides. 14, Rotala Spec."Nanjenshan" (Mayaca sellowiana). 15, Echinodorus Tenellus. 16, Cryptocoryne beckettii "petchii". 17, Microsorum Pteropus Windelöv. 18, Anubias barteri var nana. 19, Echinodorus bleheri.
Fish/Animals Siamese Algae Eater, Cardina Japonica.