Entry #46: 162L Aquatic Garden: Dream Forest
Eric Cheng, Kwun Tong Kowloon Hong Kong, China
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Awards and Judge Comments

I get the impression of a Chinese watercolor looking at this aquascape. The rocks in the midground and the low foreground work well together. The large bunch of Microsorum is too large and throws off the balance of an otherwise well composed aquascape. I like the choice of schooling fish, but there are too many. A smaller number would school better and would have a less obtrusive presence as does the yellow algae eater.

Phil Edwards

This is an attractive aquascape. My complaints have more to do with the livestock than the plants. While you need to have a sufficient number of a schooling species that they will school, this is TOO many. The fish are not showing natural schooling behaviors and the look is chaotic. The Gyrinocheilus will eventually become a problem and will be next to impossible to remove, and their yellow color is jarring even now.

Karen Randall

The rock arrangement is good. Microsorum destroyed the balance of the whole layout.

Takashi Amano

Aquascape Details

Tank Size 90 x 40 x 45 cm (35 x 16 x 18 in)
Volume 162L (43 gallons)
Background Black
Lighting T5H0 39W x 4
Filtration Hydor P20 X 2
Additional
Information
substater systen.... ADA aqua soil amazoma 9L x 4. liguid fertilizer..... 1.ADA green brighty special lights. 2.ADA brighty K. 3.ADA step 2. 4.ADA ECA 5.TMG
Title Dream Forest
Plants 1.Potamogeton oxyphylls. 2.Didiplis diandra. 3.Ludwigia arcuata. 4.Rotala rotundiflia var. 5.Lysimachia nummularia. 6.Microsorium petropus. 7.Microsorium petropus ssp. 8.Echinodorus tenellus. 9.Elatine orientaris. 10.Glossostigma elatinoides.
Fish/Animals 1.Hyphessobrycon herbertaxelrodi. 2.Siamensis algae eater. 3.Gyrinocheilus. 4.Otocinclus affinis. 5.Nannostomus unifasciatus. 6.Carinotetraodon lorteti.
Decorative
Materials
12 per rocks