Entry #81: 270L Aquatic Garden: MonoTe Garden
Okie Tanujaya, Jakarta Indonesia | E-mail: okietanujaya at yahoo.com
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Awards and Judge Comments

Aside from the hazy water and distracting water line this is an excellent aquascape. The dominating use of Monosolenium creates a surprisingly attractive aquascape. The aquarist has done a very good job of creating visual interest with using shape rather than depending on color or texture of foliage to accomplish the same. Likewise, the use of space is terrific and the large leaved plants in the front provide pleasing contrast to the delicate Monosolenium. The gentle pink of the Nymphaea is beautiful against the green backdrop. The bunch of Micanthremum and Microsorum on the right are too small for the rest of the aquascape and seem out of place. With the preponderance of delicate greenage in the tank the Micanthremum could be removed without ill effect. given enough time the Microsorum will fill in and take its place in the aquascape. Concern for the long term viability of such a high maintenance plant as Monosolenium would usually be justified, but in this case it seems pretty obvious that the aquarist is dedicated to maintaining it. Even so, that's got to be a lot of trimming to do frequently.

Phil Edwards

I do not like the use of Nymphaea in this layout. Cryptocoryne in the center should have not been planted.

Takashi Amano

Wow! That's a lot of Monosolenium!!! I like the soft shapes and folds, but I wonder how long the design can hold up. My personal preference is for a little more variety in an aquascape, but you have done an impressive job with these plants!

Karen Randall

Aquascape Details

Tank Size 119 x 47 x 56 cm (47 x 19 x 22 in)
Volume 270L (71 gallons)
Lighting 2 TL 30 watt
Filtration EHEIM 2217
Title MonoTe Garden
Plants Monoselenium tenerum, Nuphar luteum, Nymphea habrid, Crinum natan, Micranthenum micranthemoides, Microsorium pteropus "Tropica", Microsorium pteropus "Windelov"
Fish/Animals Rasbora hangeli, Red Chrerry shirmp
Decorative
Materials
driftwood