#51: 680L Aquatic Garden: Summer
Nikolay Kraltchev, Dallas TX USA
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Awards and Judge Comments

Your discus must love this tank! They have wide open spaces to swim in as well as some structure in the right rear for security. The strong right side gives an uneven feel to the aquascape. There is also a lot of strappy green texture in the design. A nice piece of wood would give a good solid structure to contrast against the lacy plant texture. I worry about the long term maintenance requirements of this tank though. All of those plants require frequent care to stay in their best form. Having ones hands in the tank all the time can be very stressful on discus. Good use of Pidgeonbloods though, their color is a strong foil to the strong green of the plants.

Phil Edwards

layout looks too delicate for Discus. I prefer more dynamic layout for the Discus.

Takashi Amano

Nice clean tank, but the aquascape is very unbalance. Also, H. difformis is not a good choice for a foreground plant. It looks quite nice for a short period of time, then grows as all Hygros do... fast, and straight to the surface!

Karen Randall

Aquascape Details

Tank Size
183 x 61 x 61 cm (72 x 24 x 24 in)
Volume
680L (180 gallons)
Background
Black paint
Lighting
640 watts VHO, 10,000K
Filtration
Two 315 gph Eheim canister filters
Title
Summer
Plants
Hygrophyla angustifolia, Hygrophyla corymbosa, Hygrophyla difformis, Sagittaria subulata, Ludwigia brevipes, Ludwigia palustris, Microsorum pteropus, Lobelia cardinalis, Myriophyllum matogrossense, Echinodorus sp., Cryptocoryne balansae
Fish/Animals
Symphysodon discus, Otocinclus affinis
Materials
100% inert filter gravel, Malayan driftwood