Entry #7: 76L Aquatic Garden: Verdant Bouquet
Carlos Sanchez, Miami Florida United States | E-mail: tsunamicarlos at hotmail.com
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Awards and Judge Comments

Lovely tank, beautifully presented.

Karen Randall

Very pretty! Everything looks healthy and happy. Good choice of fish. The mound shape and woodscaping work well together with the Glosso forground to create smooth lines. The similar texture and shades of the green stemplants blend too much, creating a blob-like effect. Trimming the Ludwigia a little and using a darker green plant such as Bacopa carolinana in place of the M. umbrosum would enhance the visual appeal of the mound.

Phil Edwards

Stemmed plants in the middle do not look nice. It could have looked better if open space in the left background is filled with the plants.

Takashi Amano

Aquascape Details

Tank Size 76 x 30 x 30 cm (30 x 12 x 12 in)
Volume 76L (20 gallons)
Background Midnight blue plastic wallpaper
Lighting 2x20w NO Flo (1 URI Aquasun, 1 Coralife Trichromatic), 3x13w AH Supply PCs (6400k) --3.95 wpg
Filtration Eheim Ecco 2231 with Ehfisubstrat, Ehfimech, coarse and fine filter pads.
Pressurized CO2 fed into Mini-vortex reactor. Fertilization: 1 ppm NO3, 0.1 ppm PO4, 3 mL Flourish, 3 mL Flourish Iron, 3 mL Flourish Trace added daily. 50% weekly water changes.
Title Verdant Bouquet
Plants Glossostigma elatinoides, Anubias barteri var. nana, Bolbitus heudelotii, Micranthemum umbrosum, Ludwigia arcuata, Didiplis diandra, Rotala sp "Rio de Janeiro #1", and Rotala sp "Rio de Janeiro #2"
Fish/Animals Paracheirodon axelrodi (13), Hemigrammus rhodostomus (5), Sphaerichthys osphromenoides --the chocolate gourami (3), Nannostomus beckfordi (4), Otocinclus sp (3), Cherry Red Shrimp (3)
Two pieces of driftwood used in the midground, aligned together and made to seem as if they were one piece (ryoboku). Three gray stones used in the midground to add some interest. Substrate: Eco-complete with Fertiplant plus underlayer.