#73: 2079L Aquatic Garden: Symphysodon Abstracta
Jeffrey Senske, Houston TX USA | E-mail: jsenske at aquariumdesigngroup.com | Aquascaper Website
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Awards and Judge Comments

Second Place

An impressive lay out in such a big aquarium. A lot of beautiful effects in the composition, however the many different Discus disturb the balance.


Very impressive display, especially considering the size of the tank, and that it must be viewed from both sides. The aquascape has a nice flow to it, but I'd like it a bit better without the "top knot" of Java fern at the top of the tank. I'm also not fond of the garish discus


Interesting and dynamic arrangement for such a large tank.


Nice looking tank with some very robust growth of the crypts and ferns. Some of the clumps of Cryptocoryne could be pruned out a little, but at their size, it doesn't detract from the tank. I like the C. balansae and retrospiralis interspersed amongst the ferns. Get rid of the red Discus though. They distract the eye from the tank.


Aquascape Details

Tank Size
244 x 91 x 94 cm (96 x 36 x 37 in)
2079L (550 gallons)
3x175 watt metal halide, 2x160 watt VHO flourescent (845 watts total)
wet/dry trickle, 2-2260 Eheim canister
Additional Information
Discus are thriving - frequent spawns for past 6 months. This tank is view from all four sides, but especially two main sides (room divider!).
Symphysodon Abstracta
Anubias nana, A. barteri, Cyperus helferi, Cryptocoryne wendtii Green, C. walkeri, C. retrospiralis, C. balansae, Blyxa aubertii, Hygrophila augustifolia, C. ponterderifolia, Microsorum sp. Narrow Leaf, Microsorum "Windelov"
Cardinal Tetra, Rummy Nose Tetra, Asst. Discus varieties, Otocinclus catfish, Algae-eating shrimp
Large pcs. Driftwood, "Lace" Rock, Natural Gravel, Flourite, Laterite, Terra-Lit