Entry #99: 454L Aquatic Garden: Underwater Dreams
Nathan Freedenberg, Parkton MD USA
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Awards and Judge Comments

Discus and stemplants don't often go well together and this aquarium is a good compromise between the two. The mixture of colors and shapes has created an aquascape that keeps the viewers attention. This aquascape harkens back to Frode Roe's Best of Show a couple years ago. Stirring the gravel and filling the tank completely would have helped the presentation.

Phil Edwards

I think it is difficult to keep Discus in this layout. Layout design on the right side of the aquarium does not look nice.

Takashi Amano

Pretty tank, but without a clear focus. While the green covering on the gravel looks nice in the photos, it confuses me. I see no listing of plants in that area on the planting diagram, which leads me to suspect taht it is algae of some sort. But I don't see obvious signs of algae elsewhere. We are left to guess whether this is "problem" algae, or has been purposely cultivated. You need to learn to grow your R. macrandra a little better, or omit it from the aquascape. Since it looks like you have plenty of light, I suspect that your nitrate level is a little high, and turning it green instead of red. PLEASE fill your tank up to the top before taking pictures!!!

Karen Randall

Aquascape Details

Tank Size 122 x 61 x 61 cm (48 x 24 x 24 in)
Volume 454L (120 gallons)
Background Oceanvisions Midnight Sea
Lighting 2 x250W 55005 HQI MH
Filtration Overflows to 50 gal sump with sponge for mechanical filtration.
Additional
Information
Automated CO2, Substrate: 80:20 Eco-Complete:Tahtian Moon Sand. Heat, CO2 etc all hidden from view in sump.
Title Underwater Dreams
Plants Lysimachia nummularia, Glossostigma elatinoides, Ranalisma rostrata, Rotala rotundifolia, Bacopa Caroliniana, Cryptocoryne wendtii "red", Cryptocoryne wendtii "green", Cryptocoryne pygmaea,Eleocharis sp, Heteranthera zosterifolia, Vallisneria spiralis, Vallisneria americana, Rotala macrandra, Ludwigia brevipes, Alternanthera reineckii "roseafolia", Blyxa japonica, Sagittaria subulata, Hemianthus callitrichoides, Hemianthus micranthemoide, Echinodorus uruguayensis, Nymphaea lotus
Fish/Animals Symphysodon aequifasciata "Brilliant Turquoise", Pterophyllum scalare, Apistogramma cacatuoides "Orange Flash", Aphyocharax rathbuni, Poecilia sphenops, Sphaerichthys osphromenoides, Badis badis "Asamensis", Otocinclus affinis, Corydoras habrosus, Corydoras napoensis, Caridina japonica, Melanoides tubercularia, Neritina reclivata
Decorative
Materials
Driftwood, Eco-Complete:Tahtian Moon Sand