Entry #105: 227L Aquatic Garden
Jeff Kropp, Oakland CA USA | Aquascaper Website
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Awards and Judge Comments

This is the ultimate Cryptocoryne aquarium! Overall the aquascape is in balance though one has to wonder how long it can stay that way. The foreground of Marsilea and Cryptocoryne mixed together works very well with the vertical aspects of the C. spiralis. My only concern with this aquascape is the long term viability with so many stemplants interplanted with the Cryptocoryne.

Phil Edwards

Cryptocoryne in the center part was very good. It is very difficult to compose the aquarium layout only with the plants. Stones and driftwood should have been used.

Takashi Amano

Nice use of color, but the tank is a bit jungl-y, and getting moreso with time. However, I give you "brownie points" for your pencils spawning in the tank. Clearly it is a healthy comfortable home for them!

Karen Randall

Aquascape Details

Tank Size 122 x 41 x 46 cm (48 x 16 x 18 in)
Volume 227L (60 gallons)
Background blue velour
Lighting 2 x 40w triton, 2 x 55w compact, in a modified shoplight hood
Filtration fluval 303
current fertilization: 24/7 CO2 enrichment, 1/2 tsp KNO3 and 1/4 tsp enema on even numbered days, 20 ml TMG on odd numbered days, 25% water change every 10 - 14 days
Plants Cryptocoryne spiralis, Potomageton perfoliatus, Rotala macrandra Green, Hygrophila corymbosa Compact, Alternanthera reineckii, Potomageton gayi, Cryptocoryne sp. Narrow Red, Marsilea sp., Rotala sp. Green, Myriophyllum matogrossense Green, Limnophila aromatica, Micranthemum sp., Lysimachia nummularia Aurea, Ludwigia brevipes, Micranthemum Umbrosum, Phyllanthus fluitans
Fish/Animals Beckford's Pencil fish (sustainable population spawned in tank), Silver hatchets, SAE, Ottos
laterite amended gravel substrate, established 1997