Entry #67: 450L Aquatic Garden: The enchanted garden
Shay Fertig, Hod Hasharon Israel | E-mail: shay at tagait.co.il
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Awards and Judge Comments

It is nice to see a Dutch-style tank in the contest! However, if you are going for a Dutch look, you should be careful to incorporate the "plant rows" that are an integral part of that type of aquascape. These diagonal lines lead the eye into and through the tank and create a better sense of depth. It's too bad that the water was cloudy when the photos were taken.

Karen Randall

Superb Dutch-style aquascape. Very bold use of colour that suits the layout and fish selection - it's almost too colourful! I imagine this is a very high maintenance layout, but nevertheless, it's very impressive. Well done!

George Farmer

Plantsmanship at its finest.

Bob Vivian

Aquascape Details

Tank Size 150 x 50 x 60 cm (59 x 20 x 24 in)
Volume 450L (119 gallons)
Background Black acrylic glass
Lighting 1.25 WPL
Filtration 2 X Eheim pro 3 2028
Additional
Information
This tank is up and running from December 2007. It includes: Teco TR-15 Chiller, CO2 + PH controller + 2 outside reactors, 36W UV, Automatic water change (100% RO) 100% a week, Under substrate Heating cable - Rena 15m 100W, Water Param.: PH 5.9, KH 1.5, CO2 40ppm, NO3 15, PO4 1.5, TDS 275ms, GH 2, Temp 25.5c, Automatic DIY fertilization with peristaltic pumps - KNO3, KH2PO4, KCL, MgSO4, Iron gluconate, Iron EDTA, CSM+B, Flourish Excel.
Title The enchanted garden
Plants TONINA SP. 'BELEM', TONINA SP. 'MANAUS', BACOPA CAROLINIANA, BLYXA AUBERTII, BLYXA JAPONICA, CABOMBA FURCATA, Christmas tree moss, ERIOCAULON SETACEUM, HEMIANTHUS CALLITRICHOIDES, HEMIANTHUS MICRANTHEMOIDES, Juncus repens, LIMNOPHILA AROMATICA, Ludwigia inclinata var. verticillata Pantanal , Marsilea quadrifolia, POGOSTEMON HELFERI, POGOSTEMON STELLATUS 'BROAD LEAF', Pellia, PROSERPINACA PALUSTRIS, Rotala indica, ROTALA MACRANDRA, ROTALA MACRANDRA 'GREEN', ROTALA ROTUNDIFOLIA ,Rotala sp., ROTALA WALLICHII, ROTALA SP. 'VIETNAM', TAXIPHYLLUM BARBIERI, VESICULARIA FERRIEI , Vesicularia Dubyana, Eusteralis Stellata,
Fish/Animals 300 or more different kind of tetras, 4 Yasuhikotakia sidthimunki (Botia sidthimunki), 1 Crossocheilus siamensis, 3 Barbus titteya, 10 Tanichthys albonubes, 5 Rasbora heteromorpha, 1 Otocinclus vittatus, 10-20 Ancistrus, 10 Corydoras sterbai, 4 Corydoras aeneus, 4 Corydoras julii & trilineatus, 5 Nannostomus, 20 Microrasbora Galaxy, 5 Iriatherine werneri, 5 Pseudomugil furcatus, 5 Discus, 6 Florida flag fish, 10 Japonica shrimp, 100's of cardinia shrimp
Decorative
Materials
Substrate - 1st layer Pumice 2cm, 2nd layer Pumice+peat+humus 3cm, 3rd layer JBL Aquabasis 2cm, 4th layer crushed quartz 5cm. Decorative Materials - 35Kg of Quartz rocks