Entry #82: 219L Aquatic Garden: Manzanillo Beach
Luis Navarro, Houston TX USA | E-mail: fdeznalu at cs.com | Aquascaper Website
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Vibrant, healthy tank. I really like the look of the Marsilea nestling against the root at the bottom. However the big "chunk" of bright red is distracting and over-done. If there was a little less of it, and it angled down through the rest of the aquascape it would add to the over-all design rather than detract. It's easy, when you have learned to grow a really brilliant red plant well, as this aquarist has, to get a little carried away with its use! This is another tank with "good bones". The basic design is solid and attractive. Some tweaking of the stem plants will improve it greatly.


Interesting set up but my overall impression was one of "plants crammed to the rear".


What a beautiful tank. Although not a very large tank to work with, with the way the plants are grouped, the tank seems much larger than its 58 gallons. The white sand adds depth to this tank. The left front corner could stand to grow just a little more by allow the anubias to grow out a little from under the fern. Very nice!


Aquascape Details

Tank Size 91 x 46 x 46 cm (36 x 18 x 18 in)
Volume 219L (58 gallons)
Background black
Lighting 2 96W x2 10,000K Coralife, 2 55W x2 10,000K Light House
Filtration Eheim 2217
On this layout I tried to recreate a beautiful beach which was hidden from tourists. For many years, locals snorkeled and fished byt now the town is growing rapidly and glimpse of a virgin beach is long gone. People are moving closer and closer and along with them, polution and destruction will come. Being far away from it, the only thing I kept is a beautiful image and a thousand memories. The layout is rather symmetrical, but in order to aquascape and achieve a visual depth, I sacrificed a few inches in the foreground. A vertical technique was used as well as the combination of two substrate colors. Rocks and driftwood were necessary to hold the composition.
Title Manzanillo Beach
Plants Ammannia gracilis, Rotala rotundifolia "green", Bolbitis heudelotti, Hydrocotyle umbrosum, Anubias barteri var nana, Ludwigia perennis "glandulosa", Ludwigia sp., Echinodorus sp. E. tenellus, E. "Rubin", Microsorum sp. Eichhornia diversifolia, Marsilea augustifolia, Hygrophila lacustris, H. sp., Heteranthera zosterifolia, Hemianthus umbrosum, Vallisneria nana, Eusteralis stellata, Cyperus helferi, Eleocharis paruulus, Nymphoides sp.
Carat #4 By Aquaticnature (white foreground), 3 driftwood branches, rocks