#98: 430L Aquatic Garden: Inspired By A Cornish Hedgerow
Chris Jackson, Falmouth Cornwall United Kingdom
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Awards and Judge Comments

A very nice, long term aquascape with a basic yet well executed triangular composition. It could be improved, however, by adding some visible hardscaping material such as driftwood branches to add visual interest and form.

Carlos Sanchez

Nice tank. It might look better if the top of the "hill" were trimmed down a bit below the surface. I also think it could be improved by removing some of the C. crispatula that seems to be growing randomly throughout the tank.

Karen Randall

Aquascape Details

Tank Size
122 x 61 x 61 cm (48 x 24 x 24 in)
Volume
430L (114 gallons)
Background
Dark car window tinting
Lighting
3 x 36w T8 fluorescent tubes and 2 x 54w T5 tubes 800k
Filtration
Eheim 2226 canister filter in series with a Fluval 303 canister filter as second media chamber. Eheim filter media - Efimech, Efisubstrat, foam.
Additional Information
35mm Dennerle Deponit and mineral sand with another 35-50 mm black quartz gravel. Dennerle undergravel heating cable with electronic controller. 10% water changes twice weekly using filtered (Fluval 102 with Efisubstrat) rainwater through an automatic changing system. KH is kept at 4/5 through the addition of KH powder as the rainwater is very soft. PH 6.9 maintained by Dennerle electronic controller and CO2 diffused into the filter inlet. Occasional fertilisation with Kent products according to plant growth. The plants are trimmed weekly or bi-weekly to maintain a feel of wildness rather than ordered precision.
Title
Inspired By A Cornish Hedgerow
Plants
1. Cryptocoryne balansae, 2. Echinodorus Rose, 3. Cryptocoryne x willisii lucens, 4. Cryptocoryne beckettii, 5. Anubias barteri var. nana, 6. Echinodorus uruguayensis, 7. Microsorum pteropus, 8. Versicularia dubyana, 9. Bolbitis heudelotii, 10. Hemianthus micranthemoides, 11. Lilaeopsis brasilensis, 12 Lilaeopsis novae zelandie, 13. Microsorum pteropus Windelov, 14. Bacopa caroliniana, & duckweed.
Fish/Animals
Aphyocharax paraguayensis Dawn Tetra was 50 3 years ago now 25, Megalamphodus megalopterus Phantom Tetra x 10, Hyphessobrycon herbertaxelrodi Black Neon x 15, Ottocinclus x 10, Caridina japonica x 25 + various snails. The Dawn Tetra are surprisingly aggressive and keep the Phantoms and Neons largely in hiding. I am waiting for them to die back before adding a different breed which is why the tank looks quiet on the fish front.
Materials
3mm Black quartz gravel with local granite rocks.