#36: 180L Aquatic Garden: Plantonic Love
Kemal SAKA, Ankara Turkey Turkey | E-mail: akvarist at kemalsaka.com | Aquascaper Website
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Awards and Judge Comments

You should get an extra point or two for your clever title! Your plants are healthy and attractive but despite the fact that you seem to have tried to use the Rule of Thirds, there is no clear focal point to your layout. Try trimming your lovely palnts into more distinct clumps. Also avoid the sharp division of your foreground planting in the middle. This is another tank where the Alternanthera isn't working particularly well in its current position in the right front. If you feel you must use it, try moving it toward the back.

Karen Randall

You understand the ratios quite well, and the plant groups are solid. My only comment is simple. Less is more! and no matter what tall to medium to small, will benefit the look of your design. The ratios do help but don't forget the basics.

Luis Navarro

Aquascape Details

Tank Size
100 x 50 x 50 cm (39 x 20 x 20 in)
Volume
180L (48 gallons)
Background
Black filmstrip background.
Lighting
MH + T5 combination applied. Lighting Consumption: 0.5 Watt/Liter. Lighting Fixture: Handled as a “DIY“ project. Fotoperiod: 10 Hours/Day= T5; 6 Hours/Day= MH
Filtration
Biological Filter: Not used Mechanical Filter: External Filter (Eheim Echo Canister 2236)
Additional Information
Date of Establishment: Oct. 2005, Aeration Pump: Not used, Heater: Not used, Circulation Pump: 2 x 300Lt/Hour (Eheim Compact 1000), Co2 enrichment: Handled as a “DIY“ project (Active reactor), Macro Fertilization: Handled with “DIY” mixtures, Micro Fertilization: “Easy Life Pro” (commercial), Co2 Source: Computerized, pressurized CO2 system, Water change: Weekly %20, PH: 6.40 – 6.52 (digital reading), KH: 3-7 dH (by Tetra), GH: 5-10 dH (by Tetra), Co2: 25-35ppm (by JBL) + KH/pH table, O2: Day: 8ppm, Night: 6ppm (by JBL), NO3: 10-20ppm (by Sera), Fe: 0.1-0.6 ppm (by JBL), Water temperature: 20-27C.
Title
Plantonic Love
Plants
1. Glossostigma elatinoides, 2. Lilaeopsis Carolinensis, 3. Micranthemum umbrosum, 4. Ludwiga Repens, 5. Alternanthera Reineckii Red, 6. Hygrophila Difformis, 7. Bacopa caroliniana, 8. Eleocharis acicularis, 9. Didiplis Diandra, 10. Myriophyllum matogrossense red, 11. Echinodorus bolivianus, 12. Nuphar Japonica, 13. Lymnophila Aromatica, 14. Echinodorus Osiris
Fish/Animals
Fish: 10 Barbus Titteya, 10 Hemigramus Erythrozonus (rummy-nosed tetra), 10 Hemigramus Bleheri (glow light), 4 Corydoras Trilineatus, 4 Ancistrus Temminckii (brislenose). Invertebrate: 4 Applesnail, 4 Red Cyrstal Shrimp.
Materials
Buttom substrat: Aquaclay + “DIY” natural elements mixture. Mango driftwood used, with rockless decoration.