#133: 40L Aquatic Garden: THE PILGRIM'S REFUGE
Andre' Paul Sundra, SINGAPORE SINGAPORE Singapore | E-mail: redlaw18 at yahoo.com.sg
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Awards and Judge Comments

I understand what you were trying to accomplish, but your rocks are actually too evenly spaced to look "random" and natural. The sprinkling of plants among the rocks looks a little forced as well.

Karen Randall

Nice start to the tank. Shape the stems some more and add some midground plants to blend in the stems into the hardscape.

Bailin Shaw

This is an interesting approach. I like the sand an the random placement of the rocks in the foreground.

Jason Baliban

Aquascape Details

Tank Size
45 x 30 x 30 cm (18 x 12 x 12 in)
Volume
40L (11 gallons)
Background
Made use of my light green painted wall as a backdrop.
Lighting
T5 lights (16W) X 2
Filtration
Power liquid Filter (500L/HR)
Additional Information
DIY substrate (Earthworm casting,Flourite,Powdered Indian almond leaves, etc...), DIY CO2 system fixed to power liquid filter (Continous supply),ADA Phyton-GIT,PH 6.2(used ketapang leaves to lower P.H),Temperature: 25Degrees,30% water change every week(Rain water/tap water left out for 2 days).Initially just had a pair of cherry barbs but took them out after they introduced some fries into the tank, removed most of the fries too and am maintaining just 5 fries(1 cm). I reside in the equator (Singapore) which has a constant hot, humid, tropical climate...and when I visited one of the off-shore islands, I chanced upon an evergreen landscape and captured it in my mind(Bamboo trees,Benjamina ficus trees,Flame of the forest trees,Indian Almond trees{had red-leaves},mango,coconut,rambutan trees, many big boulders were strewn around and had a light coat of algae). Since the overall landscape was breathtaking for me...I reproduced it in an aquascapic format for all to enjoy.I purposely made my foreground rather bear because the landscape i saw was part of an island and it was surrounded by a gentle gradient of sand(Therefore the ground was quite bare and not very covered...i suppose plants/trees find it difficult to grow on sand/quartz which is high on salinity..). I believe in using organic products and i try to minimise using artificial items for my overall set-up.
Title
THE PILGRIM'S REFUGE
Plants
Alternanthera reineckii,rotala rotundifolia, Didiplis diandra,Heteranthera zosterifolia,Rotala sp. 'Nanjenshan',Hemianthus callitrichoides,Hygrophila corymbosa mini Japanese Hair grass,bacopa caroliniana
Fish/Animals
Cherry Barb Fries (x5),Malayan Shrimps (x10), Otocinclus Affinis (x2),Juvenile Siamese Algae Eater (x1),Malayan Ramhorn snails(fries)(10+)
Materials
Fine River Sand+gravel+DIY Substrate, Granite/Basalt rocks