#47: 243L Aquatic Garden: Paradiso
Kam Wong, Hong Kong Hong Kong | Aquascaper Website
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Awards and Judge Comments

Vibrant, healthy tank. It looks like your original idea was a central "mound" shaped aquascape. Your design in that area is quite good. However, as you found, long, shallow tanks can be an aquascaping challenge, and your central design felt a little lonely there in the middle. The stem plants on either end look like afterthoughts. They have not had time to grow in or to be trimmed into shape. Your groundcover is mostly lovely, though there are a few patches that still need to grow in a bit more.

Karen Randall

Interesting wood selection and composition but I find the groups of stem plants do little to balance the whole layout.

George Farmer

A grassy knoll of artful balance and compelling lines. The graceful arch of the horizontal branch is a very powerful focal point. I can't help but think, though, that something more could have been done to tie the centerpiece to its extremities.

Bob Vivian

Aquascape Details

Tank Size
120 x 45 x 45 cm (47 x 18 x 18 in)
Volume
243L (64 gallons)
Lighting
T5HO (54W x 6) - 10 Hours per day
Filtration
Tetra EX120 Canister Filter x 2, AquaClear PowerHead 30 Undergravel Filtration
Additional Information
Tropica AquaCare Plant Nutrient, Seachem Flourish Trace, Seachem N + P, Seachem Potassium, Ferka Bottom Fertilizers..... 150g Water Softener Resin added into filter (replaced every two weeks)..... pH 5.2 - 5.8, KH 2, GH 1dH..... Pressurized CO2 System (9 Hours per day) 2 bubbles per second
Title
Paradiso
Plants
1) Fissiden fontanus, 2) Mayaca sp "Mini", 3) Hemianthus callitrichoides "Cuba", 4) Rotala macrandra sp from Japan, 5) Eriocaulon sp, 6) Myriophyllum tuberculatum, 7) Rotala macrandra sp "NarrowLeaf", 8) Ludwigia Arcuata, 9) Ludwigia sp "Cuba", 10) Bacopa Caroliniana, 11) Hydrotriche Hottoniiflora, 12) Limnophila, 13) Rotala macrandra sp "Mini", sp "Mini"
Fish/Animals
Cardinal Tetra, Spotted Red Pencilfish, Albino Glowlight Tetra, SAE, Otocinclus vittatus, Neritina Ruby Snail, Neritina Spiky Snail, Amano Shrimp, Dwarf Pleco
Materials
ADA Aqua Soil Amazonia II, ADA Power Sand Special (S), ADA Bacter 100, ADA Clear Super, ADA Tourmaline BC, Penac P, Penac W, Driftwood