Entry #84: 174L Aquatic Garden: 46 Gallon Bowfront Tetra Playgound
Scott Davidson, Phoenix Arizona USA | Aquascaper Website
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Awards and Judge Comments

I'm not sure if it's an effect of the lighting or nutrition, but the plants look very washed out. While this isn't a photography contest it's not a bad idea to adjust the color settings on your camera in order to show the best colors of your aquascape. Excellent use of large plantings with the Rotala. That species in particular is shown off best in this manner with all the different colors it exhibits. At this point in time the plantings are a bit overgrown and could use some pruning. Selective trimming to give some shape will help give more visual interest to the aquascape.

Phil Edwards

Your basic design is nice, but you have allowed the stem plants in back to become overgrown. Some judicious trimming will improve the layout a great deal. While photography doesn't count against an entry, if you can get your white balance right, the initial impression of your photos will improve.

Karen Randall

Plants selection is not good. It may be difficult to keep for long term.

Takashi Amano

Aquascape Details

Tank Size 91 x 36 x 46 cm (36 x 14 x 18 in)
Volume 174L (46 gallons)
Background Painted Black
Lighting 192 watts of Power Compact
Filtration Mechanical Filter
CO2 injection, 1 ml of K+ everyday, 1/2 ml of Flourish every other day
Title 46 Gallon Bowfront Tetra Playgound
Plants Rotala, Java Fern, Java Moss, Hygrophylla, Crinum, Cardinal Plant
Fish/Animals Amaandae Tetra, Blue Tetra, Siamese Algae Eaters, Amano Shrimp, Striata Botia
Flourite Gravel Bed, Petrified Wood