Entry #130: 20L Aquatic Garden: Prairie (prateria)
Fabio Ghidini, Cellatica (Brescia) Italy | E-mail: shalin at fabioghidini.it | Aquascaper Website
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Awards and Judge Comments

Excellent choice of plants, with the exception of the hairgrass. It could have been left out with no ill effect on the aquascape. The textures work well together, especially in the midground area around the Rotala stands. The sparse Glosso foreground and patchy hairgrass detract from the overall "wholeness" of the design. Also, it wouldn't hurt to remove the equipment from the aquarium prior to photographing, it detracts from the design.

Phil Edwards

Vibrant healthy plants. However, the design is unbalanced with the two large clumps of red stem plants side by side. These plants could also be improved by trimming into a more graceful shape. Also, remove equipment from tank before taking photos for an aquascaping contest.

Karen Randall

Use of Riccia and small leaf stemmed plants are good. It could be better layout with use of stones.

Takashi Amano

Aquascape Details

Tank Size 40 x 20 x 25 cm (16 x 7.9 x 9.8 in)
Volume 20L (5 gallons)
Background Black/Blue plastic background
Lighting 2 x 15W Neon Life-Glo
Filtration Internal biological filter Aquarium-System Duetto.
Elos CO2 1 bubble every 4 sec. Fertilization with Ada Brighty K, Ada Step 2 daily.
Title Prairie (prateria)
Plants Riccia fluitans, Glossostigma elatinoides, Eleocaris acicularis, Micranthemum micranthemoides, Micranthemum umbrosum, Rotala rotundifolia, Rotala wallichii
Fish/Animals Megalamphodus megalopterus, Rasbora espei, Caridina japonica, snails (unidentified)
Ada Power Sand, Ada Clear Super, Ada Bacter 100, Ada AquaSoil Africana.