Entry #148: 2041L Aquatic Garden: Shade Beauty
Jeffrey Senske, Houston TX USA | E-mail: jsenske at aquariumdesigngroup.com | Aquascaper Website
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Awards and Judge Comments

Third Place

This is the best low light/low maintenance aquascape I've seen yet in this showcase. The grouping of Microsorum in the middle top needs to be thinned some. If it weren't for the good texture contrasts of the leaves the uniformly dark green color of the plants would be very uninteresting. Some sort of brightly colored fish would help to bring some greater visual tension to the aquarium. A large school of small fish would make a strong unifying statement against the plants.

Phil Edwards

Overall impression was dark image. The layout was filled with too many plants, and it could have an open space.

Takashi Amano

This tank is mature and well grown-in. The plants and fish are obviously healthy. However there is no clear focus or strong lines to guide the eye. It is difficult to do this on a tank viewd from both sides, but not impossible, as we've seen in the past! The tank is beautifully presented, however.

Karen Randall

Aquascape Details

Tank Size 244 x 91 x 91 cm (96 x 36 x 36 in)
Volume 2041L (540 gallons)
Lighting 3 - 150 watt 10,000K metal halide
2 - 165 watt 10,000K VHO fluorescent
Filtration wet/dry, 2 - Eheim 2260 cannister type
This tank is fully viewed from two sides!
Title Shade Beauty
Plants Microsorum sp. "Narrow", M. "Windelov", Anubias nana, A. barteri, Cyperus helferi, Hygrophila sp., Cryptocoryne lutea, C. wendtii "Green", C. pontederiifolia, C. balansae, C. retrospiralis, Blyxa aubertii, Bolbitis heudelotti, C. "lucens"
Fish/Animals Roseline Shark, Cardinal Tetra, Rummy-Nose Tetra, Lemon Tetra, Otocinclus sp.
Driftwood, "Lace" Rock, Laterite, Terra-Lit, Flourite, Natural quartz decorative gravel