#109: 208L Aquatic Garden: Verdant Alcove
Krystal Duguay, Dover NH USA | E-mail: chris420529 at aol.com
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Awards and Judge Comments

Your tank is nice and clear and obviously well maintained, although you should remove damaged Java fern leaves before photographing. There is a pleasing flow to the layout and a nice feeling of depth. However, the use of a fast growing stem plant like H. difformis as a foreground plant is not appropriate. You also have hard and soft water fishes mixed together, so someone is getting short shrift. Finally, I find unnatual white fish jarring and disruptive in an aquascape.

Karen Randall

Microsorum is too big. The background space should be filled with more plants. Hygrophila should be planted in the background.

Takashi Amano

Aquascape Details

Tank Size
122 x 33 x 46 cm (48 x 13 x 18 in)
208L (55 gallons)
Black Plastic Background
160w (4 X 40w) total; Flourescent; 6700K
Fluval 304
Additional Information
The substrate is 100% Schultz's Aquatic Soil (aka Profile). This tank is not fertilized by any liquid fertilizers or supplements. It runs 2 DIY 2 litre bottle yeast CO2 units, diffused by a simple extra fine airstone.
Verdant Alcove
Java Fern (Microsorum pteropus) Stargrass (Heteranthera zosterifolia) Anubias nana Windelov (Microsorum windelov) Cryptocoryne undulata Wisteria (Hygrophila difformis) Vallisneria sp.
Pearl Gouramis (Trichogaster leerii) Female Betta (Betta splendens) Celebese Rainbowfish (Telmatherina ladigesi) Threadfin Rainbowfish (Iriatherina werneri) Longfin White Skirt Tetras (Gymnocorymbus ternetzi) Glowlight Tetras (Hemigrammus erythrozonus) Neon Tetras (Paracheirodon innesi) Cherry Barb (Barbus titteya) Longfin Zebra Danio (Brachydanio rerio) Candystripe Pleco (Peckoltia vittata) Emerald Cory (Brochis splendens) Panda Cories (Corydoras panda) Albino Cories (Corydoras aeneus) Bronze Cories (Corydoras aeneus) Otocinclus (Otocinclus affinis)
This tank uses two large pieces of driftwood to serve as a base for the Java Fern, as well as a small rock to anchor the windelov.