#53: 8L Aquatic Garden: Echinodorus nano cube
Sebastián Barilari, Montevideo Uruguay
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Awards and Judge Comments

I applaud the aquarist for taking the time to collect the plants his/herself. It's something I feel most of us in the hobby should do more of. However, this little tank is extremely busy and lacks focus. Overall the plants look crowded and unhealthy. Trying a species focus tank is a great idea, but using Echinodorus in a 2 gallon aquarium is not the best choice. Using smaller plants that are more appropriate for a small tank would be a better choice for the future. In fact, many of the stemplants in there now would work just fine if grown in larger bunches of fewer species.

Phil Edwards

Thank you for sharing your tank! I love the fact that you have collected all your own materials. While the aquascaping is obviously not your primary goal with this tank, it is a lovely, healthy and interesting collection of plants!

Karen Randall

Use of Echinodorus in 8 liter tank is not feasible. It is not clear where the [focal] point of this layout is.

Takashi Amano

Aquascape Details

Tank Size
20 x 20 x 20 cm (7.9 x 7.9 x 7.9 in)
Volume
8L (2 gallons)
Background
Black paper background
Lighting
Energy saver lamp 16 w 827
Filtration
Without filter
Additional Information
Substrates: laterite with sand and a few of soil, no co2, no fertilization. All the plants were recollected by me (except java moss) in streams and lagoons of Uruguay, like the sand, the rocks and the laterite. The idea was to arm something pleasant with low budget, low technology and low maintenance. Was too easy not to plant the echinodorus knowing the large size of this plant, but I added them because I liked, therefore, I did the cube knowing that its viability in the time was going to be determined by these plants, that is the cube is going away to disarm the day that I has to transplant echinodorus due to his size to a greater aquarium for his optimal development.
Title
Echinodorus nano cube
Plants
1-Echinodorus grandiflorus 2-Myriophyllum aquaticum 3-Echinodorus longiscapus 4-Marsilea sp. (trifolia) 5-Eleocharis sp. 6-Fontinalis moss 7-unknown 8-Vesicularia dubyana 9-Riccia sp. 10-Callitriche hermaphroditica (?) 11-Marsilea sp. (cuadrifolia) 12-Lilaeopsis sp. 13-Bacopa sp. 14-Callitriche sp. (?) 15-Heteranthera zosterifolia
Fish/Animals
physa sp.
Materials
Rocks