Entry #73: 76L Aquatic Garden: Vibrantly Unnatural
Molly Leonard, Rochester NY USA | E-mail: MollyLeonard at gmail.com | Aquascaper Website
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Awards and Judge Comments

Pleasant tank, and a lovely home for your little Killies!

Karen Randall

I agree completely with the name of this aquascape, it is definately vibrantly unnatural. The exotic look of the Killifish adds a bit of extraterrestriality to the aquascape. It's easy to imagine this aquascape being a landscape on some far away planet.
While such vibrant colors can often wreak havoc with color balance, the uniformly bright plants work well together. Some of the plantings look a bit thin and could use some beefing up. Trimming the super tall blades of the Echinodorus will halt their intrusion in the background of the tank and will help increase the depth of field.

Phil Edwards

It is very difficult to maintain the layout only with stemmed plants.

Takashi Amano

Aquascape Details

Tank Size 76 x 30 x 25 cm (30 x 12 x 9.8 in)
Volume 76L (20 gallons)
Background Black felt
Lighting One 55 watt PC (6500 K), one 36 watt PC (6500 K)
Filtration None. Well, the plants.
Nutrafin CO2, 100 watt heater, twice-weekly Fluorish, Fluorish Nitrogen and Iron as needed, biweekly water changes.
Title Vibrantly Unnatural
Plants 1. "Cherry Temple" 2. "White-Veined Bacopa" 3. Rotala wallichi 4. Ludwigia peruensis 5. Limnophila indica 6. Ludwigia repens 7. Hygrophila difformis 8. Echinodorus tenellus 9. Lobelia cardinalis
Fish/Animals Pseudepiplatys annulatus (Clown/Rocket Killifish), some assorted snails (MTS, ramshorn, pond)
EcoComplete substrate. No rocks or driftwood.