#3: 15L Aquatic Garden: Natural Mystic
Antonio Nikolic, Zadar Croatia Croatia | E-mail: aqua-art at live.com | Aquascaper Website
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Awards and Judge Comments

I love this little beauty - it's hard to believe it's only 15 litres! Incredible sense of scale, a testomony to the immense creative and technical skill of the aquascaper. All the textures work together superbly and the overall balance is spot on. Lovely fauna selection too. My only minor critique would be to prune the central carpet of HC so it slopes towards the front glass creating an improved sense of depth. Great job!

George Farmer

Lovely, well established tank. Good job!

Karen Randall

This is a very nice aquascape...healthy, well groomed, and well laid out. I like the texture and the play of the leaf shapes. Despite the rather overdone double-mound lay out, the scene is effective. However, if the focal point, which lies, I think, at the meeting of the two mounds, had been more distinctive and eye catching, this tank would have scored much higher.

Bob Vivian

Aquascape Details

Tank Size
38 x 18 x 21 cm (15 x 7.1 x 8.3 in)
15L (4 gallons)
skyblue carboard
Metal halide - Giesemann Megachrome tropic 70W for 8 hours
Resun canister filter 200 l/h
Additional Information
Fertilization: 1.5 ppm KNO3, 0.2 ppm PO4, 15 drops Seachem flourish and 7 drops of Easy-life Easycarbo, every day. Substrate: Bottom Layer — Potting soil, volcanic gravel and laterite (2-3 cm) Top Layer— Quartz gravel 1-3mm sized granulation. C02 Supplementation: Pressurized CO2 with solenoid 7.5h/day thru glass diffuser 1 bubble/sec.
Natural Mystic
Hemianthus micranthemoides, Hemianthus callitrichoides, Rotala rotundifolia, Ludwigia arcuata, Anubias barteri var. nana 'Petite', Monosolenium tenerum, Hydrocotyle sibthorpioides, Hydrocotyle microphylla, Taxiphyllum alternans, Fissidens fontanus, Microsorum pteropus 'Windelov', Microsorum pteropus 'Narrow', Myriophyllum mattogrossense, Mayaca fulvitalis, Lindernia rotundifolia, Lilaeopsis Nuova-zelandie, Riccia fluitans, Eleocharis parvula, Didiplis diandra,
Celestichthys margaritatus, Neocaridina heteropoda var. red
Rocks and twigs