Entry #48: 360L Aquatic Garden: Colorful World
Wayne Sham, Diamond Hill, HK Hong Kong | E-mail: wayne at hkstar.com | Aquascaper Website
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Awards and Judge Comments

Second Place

There isn't much to say about this aquascape but well done! The aquascape design reminds me strongly of Mr. Amano's early work with a large number of species interplanted in such a way to create a harmonious chaos. The mixture of species gives a pleasing mixture of textures and colors. I would be very happy to have this aquascape as my own. Some improvement could be made by trimming the Hygrophila in the right front. The overhanging creates a shadow that brings attention to the front pane of the glass, diminishing the feeling of depth. As beautiful as they are, the Altum Angels are a bit large for the space and make the tank seem smaller. The Rainbowfish are just the right size to create an illusion of the space in the aquarium being more than it is.

Phil Edwards

It is very difficult to keep Altum angel fish in this layout. Nymphaea may grow big, but the selection of Nymphaea in this layout was O.K.

Takashi Amano

Wow! Your tank is certainly a "colorful world"! It is almost a little TOO full, however, and I think you will need to do some heavy-duty pruning and dividing soon. You are clearly growing your R. wallichii very well, and I understand your reluctance to mess with them. However, this large plume sticking out of the top of the aquascape is a bit jarring to the eye. Take a chance on trimming it down.

Karen Randall

Aquascape Details

Tank Size 120 x 50 x 60 cm (47 x 20 x 24 in)
Volume 360L (95 gallons)
Background Blue Card
Lighting 150w X 2 HQI
Filtration Hydor Prime 30 External Filter, Fluval 304 External Filter
Title Colorful World
Plants Blyxa japonica, Green Ammannia (Rotala so, “Green”), Willow Moss, Java Fern, Junior sword plant, Sagittaria lancifolia, Dwarf Rotala, Nymphaea lotus rubra, Bolbitis heudelotii, Ludwigia arcuata, Sunset Hygro, Dwarf Anubias, Red Pinetree, Hygrophila polysperma var. “Rosanervig”, Eleocharis parvula, Microsorium pteropus ssp., Rotala wallichii
Fish/Animals Otocinclus affinis, Lemon Algae Eater, Siamese Algae Eater, Red Phantom Tetra, Melanotaenia boesemani, Pterophyllum altum, Thayeria boehlkei, Neocardina sp.
Substrate: ADA Power Sand Special(S),ADA Aqua Soil Amazonia, Penac W Driftwood