#155: 284L Aquatic Garden: La Ceiba Seca
Luis Navarro, Houston Texas USA | E-mail: fdeznaluis at aol.com | Aquascaper Website
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Awards and Judge Comments

I it's a neat idea that the aquarist has chosen to modify the aquarium to match the climate where he/she lives. The aquarium in the first full shot looked as though it was going to have a beautiful foreground when full. It's a shame it was pulled up. Good choice of red plants, they're spot on. The aquarists restraint with the red plants is also noteworthy. It could be all too easy to ruin this aquascape with too much red. Well done. Even though the idea of changing the tank with the weather is a neat novel idea, the rocks used are a little too large and generally round. Adding more of the smaller stones seen in the first photo would have been less eye catching yet no less effective.

Phil Edwards

It is a beautiful layout, but the use of round shape stones was not good. More stemmed plants should have been placed in the background.

Takashi Amano

A striking tank with a nice use of bright stem plants to compliment the nicely done, lower maintenance plants. I don't really care for the lines of round river rocks, though, and mix and size of the fish community is a bit chaotic.

Karen Randall

Aquascape Details

Tank Size
122 x 51 x 46 cm (48 x 20 x 18 in)
284L (75 gallons)
440 Watts Power Compact 10,000K
2228x2 Eheim Cannisters
Additional Information
This aquarium is competing for the second year the entire foreground was replaced with natural gravel to represent the draught. Also couple more fish were added as well as a few river rocks to add more contrast. Following the refresh technique shown in the magazine do-aqua! The tank was empty the foreground replaced and the plants replaced to change the look.
La Ceiba Seca
Microsorum spp., Bolbitis heudelotii, Limnophilia aromaticoides, Anubias barteri var. nana, Anubias barteri var. barteri, Cryptocorine spp., Cypherus helferi
Angels Tetras, Cory’s, O-cat, Cardina japonica
Malasian driftwood, River rocks, Carat # 1, FloraBase