Entry #82: 340L Aquatic Garden: Diamond Dragon's-head
Heather Gladney, Sacramento CA USA | Aquascaper Website
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Awards and Judge Comments

This aquarium looks like a Southeast Asian stream that's well on its way to being overgrown with plants. There's a pleasing quality to the chaos and thickness of the plants and the fish are perfectly chosen. However, it's TOO full and lacks any noticable aquascaping intent.

Phil Edwards

There should be an open space in the middle. It looks too disordered.

Takashi Amano

This shape tank, as you have found, is hard to light well. I also suspect that your plants would do better with a more reliable CO2 supply. Some of your plants seem to be struggling, and as a result you are running into algae problems. Look at some of the other low-light tanks in this contest. You can have a lovely tank and still stick to plants that can actually thrive in your set-up!

Karen Randall

Aquascape Details

Tank Size 76 x 66 x 64 cm (30 x 26 x 25 in)
Volume 340L (90 gallons)
Background in-tank plastic canvas planted & curved to mask equipment in back corner
Lighting 302 watts compact flourescent: 96 w of 6500K + 96 w of 10,000 K; 55 w of 6500K and 55 w of
Filtration two 200 gal/hour powerheads; Aquaclear 500 and Aquaclear 200 with sponges, coarse filter and fine filter cloth.
Additional
Information
diamond-shaped corner tank, W x H on front pane only; 30" Length on the diagonal from back corner to front pane. DIY yeast system with pH meter and powerhead to DIY reactor, also diffusion via airstones & 2 Natural Plant System ladder bubble-counters. Six 2.5-liter and seven 3-liter yeast bottles use sugar + protein drink, 1/3 of the bottles renewed on alternating weeks. Fertilization: Liquid: 2 tsp or 10 ml each of Kent Pro-Plant, Kent Freshwater Plant, Seachem Flourish Iron, Tetra Blackwater Tonic added 3 - 4 times a week, Seachem N & K & Comprehensive Supplements weekly; Solid: two Job’s Plant Sticks for Palms, 1/6 of piece each in substrate for swords, crypts, and stem plants once a month. An experiment with pressurized CO2 injection left pH swings, increasing beard algae. Currently, on yeast system, buffering pH between 6.8 - 7.0 by adding to filter box ¼ - ½ ounce or 10 - 16 grams powdered garden dolomite & baking soda when pH is too low, doing water changes when pH too high.
Title Diamond Dragon's-head
Plants 1) Bacopa carolinia, giant bacopa; 2) Cryptocoryne balansae; 3) Cryptocoryne willissi ‘petchii’; 4) Cryptocoryne wendtii, bronze variant; 5) Zephyranthes candida, dwarf onion plant; 6) Ludwigia repens, red ludwigia; 7) Crinum thaianum, onion plant; 8) Anubias hastatum (small); 9) Vesicularia dubyana, Java moss; 10) Anubias barteri ‘nana’, dwarf; 11) Sagittarius subulata, dwarf sag; 12) Echinodorus bleheri v. robustus ‘compacta’, compact swordplant; 13) Echinodorus amazonicus, Amazon swordplant; 14) Echinodorus hybrid, 'narrow-leaf Rubin' swordplant; 15) Hygrophila difformis, water wisteria; 16) Microsorum pteropus, Java fern; 17) Microsorum pteropus, curly Java moss; 18) Shinnersia rivularis, Mexican oakleaf; 19) Nymphaea stellata, red-leaf water lily; 20) Nomaphila stricta, temple plant (very small); 21) Alternethera reineckii, 'Telanthera', magenta water hedge.
Fish/Animals 6 Corydoras aneus, bronze cory catfish (which have laid eggs on the glass, and one of which is still small, having grown up from a previous egg batch!); 24 Paracheirodon axelrodi, Cardinal tetras; 10 Hemigrammus rodwayi, Gold tetras; 1 Hasemania nana, Silvertip tetra; 1 Tanichthys albonubes, White Cloud Mountain minnow; 1 Crossocheilus siamensis, true Siamese algae eater; 1 Peckoltia vittata, dwarf Clown pleco; 1 Colisa lalia, blue Dwarf Gourami; 5 Botia sidthimunki, Dwarf or Chain Loaches; 1 Pseduomugil furcatus, Forktail Blue-eye rainbowfish; variety of unwanted snails – mostly red ramshorns, some Malayan live-bearing.
Decorative
Materials
two 20lb bags of Flourite; most gravel is Turface Profile MVP; 4 moderate-sized bogwood pieces