Entry #74: 472L Aquatic Garden: Plant/Goldfish Harmony
Molly Leonard, Rochester NY USA | E-mail: MollyLeonard at gmail.com | Aquascaper Website
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Awards and Judge Comments

You should be proud of this aquarium, it's lovely. One doesn't see goldfish aquariums like this very often. There is conspicuous algae in the front that gets in the way. Please clean the front glass better before photographing.

Phil Edwards

Algae looked ugly. The plants were placed only in the foreground and background. Middle ground should be designed more carefully.

Takashi Amano

I agree with your assessment! It is a very pretty goldish tank, and shows off your fish very prettily. While the shot of your little endler's is nice of the fish, don't show off water-spotted glass in an aquascaping contest! Thank you for sharing your beautiful tank with us.

Karen Randall

Aquascape Details

Tank Size 183 x 46 x 61 cm (72 x 18 x 24 in)
Volume 472L (125 gallons)
Background None - the black background made the tank seem small and shadowy.
Lighting Two 180 watt VHO bulbs, 6500 K
Filtration Large Emporer on one end, and a medium powerhead on the other to keep the surface moving.
Fluorite substrate. Only ferts are plant tabs under the swords, lily, and crypt area. No CO2. Obviously I realize this tank isn't anywhere near competition-level in this contest, but I'm proud of it and I think it's a good example of how plants and goldfish can, in fact, cohabit safely, as long as the plants are healthy and the goldfish are fancies. It's also good proof that vals can take over even large tanks!
Title Plant/Goldfish Harmony
Plants 1. Hygrophila polysperma "Tropical Sunset" 2. Vallisneria spiralis 3. Assorted Anubias (nana, barteri, coffefolia, hastifolia) 4. Echinodorus tenellus 5. Unknown lily (taken from my main pond lily) 6. Alternanthera reinekii 7. Echinodorus amazonicus 8. Rotala indica 9. Assorted Crypts, mainly Wendtii and Lutea 10. "White-Veined Bacopa" Also some mostly invisble Java Ferns, anacharis, duckweed, not-quite-Hygro.-corymbosa, Bacopa monnieri, and java moss.
Fish/Animals Four young Carassius auratus (three Ryukins and a demekin) Siamese algae eaters, Crossocheilus siamensis Cories, C. aeneas and C. arcuatus Endler's Livebearers, Poecilia sp. "Endler's"
Two large pieces of driftwood. Several small porous rocks - the anubias are tied to them and then the rocks are buried, keeping the rhizome above the substrate.