#41: 430L Aquatic Garden: Mathesium
Pasquale Buonpane, Piedimonte Matese CE Italy | E-mail: akjra82 at libero.it
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Awards and Judge Comments

This is quite an attractive design, and your rockwork is very nicely done. I am not a big fan of Eleocharis vivipara, because it is hard to have it not look like a tangle. I think the tank would present better with a contrasting stem plant there... perhaps Rotala rotundifolia. Unfortunately, your fish were hiding int the "bushes" when the photo was taken, but from your list, I think they must bring a lovely spot of color to the tank when they are out and about.

Karen Randall

A pleasant sloping design with excellent rockwork. Plant selection is good but the Eleocharis vivipara is too messy and not in keeping with the remainder of the layout.

George Farmer

The viewer's eye slowly tumbles down the diagonal but quickly returns to the proud focal point, the upright stone. These pleasant visual journeys are what make a satisfyingly successful aquascape. By the way, the stones were well worth the trip up the Matese.

Bob Vivian

Aquascape Details

Tank Size
140 x 52 x 60 cm (55 x 20 x 24 in)
Volume
430L (114 gallons)
Lighting
4x36w T8 (6.500k°)
Filtration
Closed external
Additional Information
Rocks were found on Matese mountains:Mathesium is the ancient italic name of that place.
Title
Mathesium
Plants
Eleocharis acicularis,Eleocharis vivipara,Riccia fluitans,Echinodorus tenellus,Blixa japonica,Rotala sp."green",Rotala "nanjenshan",Hydrocotyle sp,Vesicularia ferriei,Taxiphyllum sp."spiky".
Fish/Animals
5 Crossocheilus siamensis,12 Hyphessobrycon flammeus,15 Caridina japonica,10 Otocynclus sp.
Materials
Substrate:akadama+sand