Entry #137: 76L Aquatic Garden: River Earth
Brock Ballard, Atlanta GA USA | E-mail: bbatlga at comcast.net
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Awards and Judge Comments

I like this tank! It shows how lovely and varied a tank can be without blasting it with light. I like the subtle variations of texture and color too, even without the use of strongly red plants. Nicely done! Try to use fewer types of foreground plants, and don't plant them in "clumps" across the front of the tank.

Karen Randall

What a pretty tank! The aquarist has done a good job giving this aquascape a natural feel that sparks the imagination. Good use of subtle colors. The plants all seem like they should be growing together in the wild and compliment the subdued coloration of the fish very well. As far as the aquascaping is concerned, the Nuphar will get too large for long term use. Replacing it with a Nymphaea stellata would give a similar effect with a more manageable plant. Also, there are too many species in the foreground. Reducing it to one or two species will help give the whole aquascape a greater sense of unity.

Phil Edwards

The overall impression is monotonous, and it lacks the delicacy. The foreground should be filled with the plants.

Takashi Amano

Aquascape Details

Tank Size 76 x 30 x 30 cm (30 x 12 x 12 in)
Volume 76L (20 gallons)
Background Black plastic
Lighting 2-20W/6700K “LifeGlo 2” bulbs, 10 hours/day
Filtration Eclipse 3
Additional
Information
2-liter DIY yeast CO2 injection, 20% water change weekly. *The glossostigma, while not indicated on the planting plan, is a recent rescue from another tank. I am very pleased with how well it is doing.
Title River Earth
Plants Echinodorus amazonicus, Echinodorus rigidifolius, Sagittaria subulata, Cryptocoryne crispatula, Nyphaea stellata, Bacopa caroliniana, Microsorium pteropus, Lobelia cardinalis, Nuphar lutea, Hygrophila rosanervis, Hygrophila polysperma, Cryptocoryne undulatus, Echinodorus tenellus, Glossostigma elatinoides*
Fish/Animals Crossocheilos siamensis, Corydoras paleatus, Tanicthys albonubes, Hemigrammus rodwayi, Hemigrammus bleheri, Colisa lalia var., Otocinclus
Decorative
Materials
Eco-Complete substrate, driftwood, river rocks