#120: 225L Aquatic Garden: Open Field
Luis Carlos Ardid Galarraga, São Paulo SP Brazil | E-mail: luca at aquabase.com.br | Aquascaper Website
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Awards and Judge Comments

A good attempt, but there are a few area where this pleasing tank could be improved. While sloping layouts can work well, in this case, the abrupt "stop" almost mid way across the tank is jarring to the eye. Try to smooth it out a bit, perhaps by letting the Java fern grow in fuller. I know it is hard to get Glosso growin well in dim areas of the tank, but the fact that it dwindles to nothing on the left leaves that corner very dark indeed. I like your use of stem plants very much, but don't much like the Val growing up through them.

Karen Randall

The technique is well used I will just work on small details like the foreground and keeping the plants in the space they belong so you can improve the look of your design. The Vallisneria nana is at the foreground and because of this the glosso did not fill the left section complety. Good job!

Luis Navarro

Excellent! What a pearl - however, the viability score could be higher due to the dark left corner where something seems missing. However, it's a great layout.

Ole Pedersen

Aquascape Details

Tank Size
100 x 50 x 45 cm (39 x 20 x 18 in)
225L (60 gallons)
2 x 30w Arcadia Freshwater fluorescent bulbs, 2 x 30w Arcadia Original Tropical fluorescent bulbs. Total 120w.
Eheim Ecco 2236.
Additional Information
Tropica Plant Substrate and 20ml "Tropica Plant Nutrition +" after 30% water change weekly .
Open Field
Glossostigma elatinoides, Anubias bateri "nana", Blyxa japonica, Microsorum pteropus "narrow", Ludwigia inclinata verticillata "cuba", Rotala "vietnam", Rotala wallichii, Valisneria "nana", Cryptocorine wendtii brown, Echinodorus tenellus "amano".
Paracheirodon innesi,
Fine river gravel and black rocks.