Entry #67: 680L Aquatic Garden
Scott Dorin, Florence AL United States | E-mail: scottdorin at comcast.net
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Awards and Judge Comments

Nice, well growing tank. The sword on the left side should be planted behind the stemplants, not in front them. What little can be seen of them looks nice, you should let them show off. Alternanthera doesn't make a good foreground plant and should be moved farther back. More Anubias would fill in that area very nicely.

Phil Edwards

Arrangement of the red plants was not nice. Balance of other plant arrangement was also not good.

Takashi Amano

Quite a pretty tank, and I like your attempt at a "lane of Glosso. However it would be more efffective if it ran diagonally, rather than straight from front to back. This would give a better feeling of depth. As I said for the previous entry, H. difformis does not belong in the foreground, it is too fast-growing a plant. I also had to take points off for algae on the Anubias leaves and algae or water marks on the back glass.

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 PowerCompact 96 W, 6700 K, x 4, 12 hours per day
Filtration Fluval 404 canister x 2
Various tablet and liquid fertilizers occasionally, CO2 added through a Milwaukee SMS 122 pH meter, pH set on 6.5, Temperature 78-80
Plants Echinodorus major, Hygrophila polysperma v. "tropic sunset", Ludwigia glandulosa, Hygrophila difformis, Lobelia cardinalis, Anubias barteri var. nana, Cryptocoryne crispatula var. balansae, Glossostigma elatinoides, Microsorium pteropus, Microsorium pteropus 'Windelov', Bacopa lanigera, Alternanthera reineckii
Fish/Animals Otocinclus, Platys, Cory cats, American Flag Fish, Amano Shrimp
Caribsea Eco-complete planted aquarium substrate with heater cable on bottom, Driftwood