#85: 35L Aquatic Garden: Garden of Utopia
Craig Underwood, Perth W.A Australia
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Awards and Judge Comments

A very effective triangular design with a good choice of planting and hardscape composition. I feel the aquascape would improve with some bushier and full stem plant growth, especially at the right side. Also the overhanging moss-covered wood looks a little out of place. Other than that, a fine effort indeed - especially for one so young... Well done!

George Farmer

This is a very nice start, and I am impressed that you have achieved this level of skill at your age. The Rotala on the left needs a little more time to grow out and attain a more natural shape, and I would re-think the moss covered branch at the top of the tank. It really stops the eye in a jarring way. Cover it with your hand, and I think you will see a much more flowing look to the design. Still, this is a wonderful start to your career as an aquascapist!

Karen Randall

A pleasant, healthy tank. The placement of the driftwood, weighted to the right with the darker crypts, is spot on. I suggest that the horizon, a descending diagonal from right to left, be more sharply defined. The entrant has real potential. Keep up the good work. Oh! And lose the flying, moss covered branch. It's an unfortunate distraction.

Bob Vivian

Aquascape Details

Tank Size
45 x 25 x 30 cm (18 x 9.8 x 12 in)
35L (9 gallons)
2x36W Compact fluorescent (1x 5000K, 1x 10000K)
Tom rapid mini canister filter (200lph) with glass lily pipes
Additional Information
ADA range fertilizer and substrate. I am 14 years of age from Australia :)
Garden of Utopia
HC, Downoi, Blyxa Japonica, Xmas moss, rotala sp. green, ludwigia arcuata, cryptocoryne sp., rotala wallichi, hair grass.
5x Threadfin Rainbow fish 20x Cherry shrimp
Locally collected driftwood