Entry #111: 38L Aquatic Garden: Betta's Playground
Krystal Duguay, Dover NH USA | E-mail: chris420529 at aol.com
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Awards and Judge Comments

I wish I were that Betta! This aquascape has a well composed slope with a nice variety of species. The large Vallisneria on the left and upward creeping Glossostigma in the foreground take away from the design. A mid-sized Cryptocoryne species would be a suitable alternative to the Vals. Taking a little time to clean the filter's intake strainer would help to keep it hidden better for the photo.

Phil Edwards

Pretty tank, and a nicely sloping design. It will be hard to maintain considering the plants being used, but the aquarist has captured it at the right time for this contest. The Glosso is good and thick, and the stem plants have been carefully trimmed.

Karen Randall

The composition is excellent, but it looks as if the layout was created just for the picture. It lacks natural feeling. Glossostigma in the foreground should be pruned.

Takashi Amano

Aquascape Details

Tank Size 51 x 25 x 30 cm (20 x 9.8 x 12 in)
Volume 38L (10 gallons)
Background Black Plastic Background
Lighting AH Supply 36w kit
Filtration Small Regent HOB
This tank is not supplemented with any fertilization regimen. Co2 is provided by a 2 litre bottle DIY yeast setup, diffused by an extra fine air stone.
Title Betta's Playground
Plants Glossostigma, Dwarf Hair Grass (Eleocharis accicularis), Dwarf Lobelia (Lobelia cardinalis), Stargrass (Heteranthera zosterifolia), Dipilis diandra, Rotala rotundifolia, Bacopa monnieri, Vallisneria sp.
Fish/Animals Male Betta splendens, 9 Pygmy Cories (Corydoras pygmaeus), 3 African Dwarf Frogs, Ghost shrimp
The substrate is 100% Schultz's Aquatic Soil (aka Profile). One small rock is also used, which partly serves as a frog feeding zone.