Entry #124: 76L Aquatic Garden: Always Rejoice
Taro Takahashi, Los Angeles CA USA
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Awards and Judge Comments

This style of aquascape is not my favorite, but done correctly, they can be very powerful. In this case, although the tank has clearly been carefully planned and maintained, the "zebra rock" is a jarring note. The positioning of the rocks in a rectangular pattern doesn't help draw the eye into the aquascape, nor does it create the desired feeling of depth.

Karen Randall

There is a solid concept behind this aquascape and it is a good effort at a simple zen inspired rockscape. The smaller rock in the right front is not needed and takes away from the strong presence of the larger rock. Since there are few plants to be uprooted when the rocks are moved, try experimenting with different placements. Also, even numbers tend to give a feeling of finality and get boring quickly. Try keeping the rocks to odd increments only and see how it works out.

Phil Edwards

More study on the placement of stones is required for the desired effect to be achieved. The block pattern upsets the irregularity which often draws us to contemplate stones.

Ricky Cain

Black and white pattern on the stone does not look nice.

Takashi Amano

Aquascape Details

Tank Size 61 x 32 x 42 cm (24 x 13 x 17 in)
Volume 76L (20 gallons)
Background Dark Blue Poster Board
Lighting Coralife Freshwater Aqualight 24in 65W Compact Fluorescent
Filtration Fluval 104 / Tetra Whisper Power Filter 10 + Fluvax Bio Max Ceramic Rings
Additional
Information
Plant Gro CO2 system (Hagen), Flourish Excel (Seachem), Flourish Iron (Seachem), pH 6.8, Nitrite < 0.3 mg/l
Title Always Rejoice
Plants Riccia fluitans, Eleocharis montevidensis (dwarf hairgrass)
Fish/Animals Yamato numaebi (Caridina japonica), Otocinclus affinis
Decorative
Materials
Zebra Rocks, White Sand, Seachem Flourite Red, Seachem Onyx, Cumberland River Gems (Gravels)