Entry #144: 57L Aquatic Garden: The path less taken
Timber Moriwake, Mililani Hawaii USA | E-mail: asp628 at yahoo.com
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Awards and Judge Comments

I like this aquascape a lot. The aquarist has done a good job using one species almost as a focus. The line of the midground is well placed and keeps the eye moving back and forth through the aquascape. However, the weaker back and foregrounds don't stand up to the midground, giving the overall composition a weakened effect. I'm a big fan of green plants and generally don't need red in an aquascape to be impressed. This case is an exception. The overall sameness of the green needs some reddish hues to contrast and give more interest to the composition. Red fish would do just as well as red plants for this.

Phil Edwards

I like the light, lacy feel of this tank. However, it needs "something" to break up the sameness. Perhaps some nice driftwood, or some rock work, or some plants of a different color.

Karen Randall

Use of driftwood and stones is not clear enough. The fish is too big. The layout looks symmetrical.

Takashi Amano

Aquascape Details

Tank Size 61 x 30 x 30 cm (24 x 12 x 12 in)
Volume 57L (15 gallons)
Background black paper
Lighting 55 watt pc, 6700k
Filtration HOT magnum cannister filter 50% water change weekly
Additional
Information
pressurized CO2, 2 bubbles per sec. Flourish 2 mils per day Flourish Iron 2 mils per day
Title The path less taken
Plants 1. Cyperus helferi 2. Ludwigia inclinata var. verticiliata 3. Pogostemon helferi 4. Glossostigma elatinoides 5. Ranalisma rostrata 6. Eleocharis acicularis 7. Rotala sp. "Green" 8. Hemianthus micranthemoides 9. Rotala rotundifolia 10.Rotala sp. "Nanjenshan"
Fish/Animals Hyphessobrycon bentosi rosaceus Otocinclus affinis SAE Cherry red shimp Crystal Bee shrimp Caridinia japonica
Decorative
Materials
Schultz aquatic soil rocks