#141: 1418L Aquatic Garden: Heiko's Lesson
Jeffrey Senske, Houston TX USA | E-mail: jsenske at aquariumdesigngroup.com | Aquascaper Website
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Awards and Judge Comments

First Place

A truly stunning layout! The integration of the aquarium into the design of room is superb. The layout although at first glance appears simple the thought and planning that went into the final product is on a level that many will not be able to appreciate. This is “Aquarium Design Style”.

Ricky Cain

This is my idea of the perfect planted discus aquarium. Care has been given to allow the fish plenty of room to swim and the open substrate they prefer. The light substrate was a good choice as well, the vibrant blue of the fish stands out well against it. My only concern with the design would be the fish injuring themselves on the sharp points of the wood during a chase and there doesn't appear to be any scarring on the fish.

Phil Edwards

The aquarium size is large enough for keeping Discus. The selection of the aquatic plants for Discus layout is nice. It could have looked better if Echinodorus were grown taller.

Takashi Amano

Stunning. Simple, but extremely well executed. The only thing I would change is the one branch that goes up vertically, and catches the light from above. It drew my eye, and then I couldn't, for a minute, figure out what it was.

Karen Randall

Aquascape Details

Tank Size
244 x 76 x 76 cm (96 x 30 x 30 in)
Volume
1418L (375 gallons)
Background
black paint
Lighting
3- 150 watt 10,000 Kelvin metal halide
Filtration
wet/dry, 2- 2260 Eheim canisters
Title
Heiko's Lesson
Plants
Echinodorus blehri, Echinodorus sp. "ozelot"
Fish/Animals
Symphysodon hybrid "Blue Diamond" discus, Cardinal tetras, Rummy-nose tetra, Otocinculus catfish, Cardinia japonica
Materials
Carib-Sea "Eco-Complete" substrate, white decorative sand, driftwood, hard stone