#38: 210L Aquatic Garden: Dragon's lair
Stephan Mifsud, Paola Malta Europe | E-mail: valerandi at nextgen.net.mt
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Awards and Judge Comments

Attractive, but busy aquascape. Everything looks very healthy, with a lovely sheen to the foliage. The generally small plantings and intergrowth causes the aquascape to lack focus. Thoughtful, planned trimming and careful removal of some species will help bring the design together. Also, the rusty colored background is very jarring against the brightly colored plants. A darker brown or black background would help as would a moderately bright blue. The darker colors would be unobtrusive while the brighter color would match the vibrance of the plants.

Phil Edwards

Pretty, frothy layout.

Karen Randall

The background does not look nice. Middle ground was too strong. I think Nymphaea should have not been used here.

Takashi Amano

Aquascape Details

Tank Size
108 x 45 x 40 cm (43 x 18 x 16 in)
Volume
210L (56 gallons)
Background
Background: Contact paper
Lighting
Light 3 x 30watt, 1x12 watt fluorescent
Filtration
Filter: Internal, ceramic filled
Additional Information
Age 2 years CO2 none Substrate, normal gravel with build-up of mulm, and ferric precipitates (from repeated use of Ferrous sulphate) Water changes 20% every 3 months Fertilisation: JBL Ferropol every couple of weeks Pruning every fortnight or so (mainly the Hygrophila) Comments I wanted and now mantain a tank with these characteristics: 1) very low maintenance requirements and low running cost 2) plants with different colours and forms, excluding strap or fine leaved plants 3) drift wood to offer darkened areas for contrast and attachment points for plants 4) a front lawn with a low light carpeting plant
Title
Dragon's lair
Plants
A. barteri var nana, Echinodorus bleheri, Microsorum pteropus, Monosolenium tenerum, Micranthemum umbrosum, Cryptocoryne wendtii, Marsilea hirsuta, Alternanthera reineckii, Vesicularia dubjana Christmas moss, Hygrophila polysperma, Echinodorus bleheri (small), Nymphaea lotus red.
Fish/Animals
Paracheirodon axelrodii Cardinal tetra, P. innesi Poecilia latipinna P. reticulate Rasbora heteromorpha Otocinclus affinis Crossocheilus siamensis
Materials
drift wood