#218: 8L Aquatic Garden: Keep It Simple
John Stires, Brooklyn NY USA | Aquascaper Website
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Awards and Judge Comments

Interesting tank. Unfortunately, the photos submitted make it impossible to assess the aquascape .

Karen Randall

Nice self sustained tank. I'm sure this tank is a joy for you to keep.

Bailin Shaw

Really cool approach to a planted aquarium!! It is tough to judge the layout without a frontal veiw of the tank.

Jason Baliban

Aquascape Details

Tank Size
20 x 20 x 20 cm (7.9 x 7.9 x 7.9 in)
8L (2 gallons)
Natural Indirect Lighting
Additional Information
This tank is a study on a self-sustaining ecosystem. It has no filtration, no supplemental light, no temperature control and no suplements. It has been in my office for 2 years now and the only maintenance is feeding, topping off the water, and cleaning the glass every 3-4 weeks. Everything has been healthy in my tank and have had only 1 shrimp loss after 1.5 years. One of the other shrimps consistently has eggs and the danios are happy and healthy, even though I am sure many people will say they need a bigger tank. Note that the photographs were taken with artificial lighting even though the tank is a natural light tank.
Keep It Simple
Java Moss, Java Fern, Rotala Indica
2 Zebra Danios, 2 Amano Shrimp
Eco-complete substrate, silica sand, gravel and black river stone rocks