Entry #78: 60L Aquatic Garden: Barbie
Sérgio Veterano, Mem-Martins Sintra Portugal | E-mail: Sergioveterano at sapo.pt
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Awards and Judge Comments

This looks like a healthy, well growing, aquarium. The large Echinodorus should be removed and the Glossostigma tended. Trimming the background stemplants and planting the cuttings forward more will help develop a sense of depth to the aquascape. The current Plant Wall effect isn't very visually pleasing.

Phil Edwards

This is a bright, attractive tank right now, but there are some significant flaws that could pose problems down the line. The fish are a mix of cold and warm water, hard and soft water species. M. boesemani really get too large for a 15 gallon tank, as do C. siamensis. The E. 'Rubin' is already at the water surface, and will quickly take over in such a small tank.

Karen Randall

I think this is the largest size among the small category. The plants are planted too densely. Only bright part, and not much shade part.

Takashi Amano

Aquascape Details

Tank Size 60 x 36 x 30 cm (24 x 14 x 12 in)
Volume 60L (16 gallons)
Background Black paper card
Lighting 2x36 Power compact 10 000°k
Filtration Hang on filter 380L/h regulated in minimum caudal, with ceramic and fiber sponge
Additional
Information
Yeast CO2, liquid fertilizer daily (12 drops).
Title Barbie
Plants Anubia barteri “afzelii”, Bacopa caroliniana, Blyxa japonica, cryptocoryne ewendtii “castanha”, Didiplis diandra, Echinodorus “rubin”, Eusteralis sellata, glossostigma elatinoides, Hydrocotyle sibthorpioides “maritima”, Limnophilla aromatica, Ludwigia arcuata, Ludwigia repens, Riccia fluitans, Rotala rotundifolia, Samolus valerandi.
Fish/Animals Corydora pigmeus Crossocheilus siamensis Melanotaenia Boesemani Otocinclus affinis Tanichthys albonubes Caridina japonica Melanoides tuberculata Physella sp.
Decorative
Materials
Rocks and driftwood