#72: 165L Aquatic Garden

Chan Kok Leong Singapore, Singapore

Awards and Comments

Honorable Mention
I love the way this exhibitor has allowed the plants to grow into their natural graceful shapes above the bank of driftwood then echoed the shape of the driftwood with the small rock outcropping to the left. I also like gentle pink of the R. rotundifolia behind the Hemianthus. I had to take a couple of points off though for including fish that do best in very warm water (the Rams) with White Clouds that do best in an unheated tank.
— Karen Randall

Aquascape Details

Dimensions 90 × 40 × 46 cm
Volume 165L
Background Black styrofoam
Lighting 4x18Watt Fluorescent Tube
Filtration External Power Filter
Plants Vesicularia sp. (Christmass Moss), Bolbitis Heudelotti, Anubias Afzeli, Anubias Lanceolata, Crytocoryne Wendtii, Hottonia Inflata, Eleocharis Parvulus, Sagittaria Subulata, Hemianthus Micranthemoides, Rotala Rotundifolia.

Rotala were used as a focal point with its bright red hue creating a stunning contrast to the Hemianthus' brilliant green. Sagittaria were planted at ther back to provide a screen and some shade for the lower light Bolbitis. To soften the 'hard' look of the petrified wood, hairgrass were planted in between the two and around them as well as throughout the foreground. The bright green Hottonia were positioned in the midground to provide contrast to the dark driftwood and also to cover the bare stack of the Anubias azfeli.
Animals Microgeophagus Ramirezi, Barbus Pentazona Pentazona, Crossocheilus Siamensis, Tanichthys Albonubes, Otocinclus Affinis.

Barbus pentazona were selected as their color blends well with the driftwood while the minnows lend a shade of red to the composition. The pair of Microgeophagus ramirezi in turn add a little size difference to the population.
Materials Dennerle Deponit Base Compound 3cm.
2-3mm Size Quartz Gravel.
Driftwood, Petrified Wood.

This aquascape illustrates a driftwood arangement balancing the high light stem plant and low light plant of various shape. A unique shaped driftwood was used to form a canopy for the fishes to seek shelter from the light as well as provide shade for the low light plant. Smaller pieces were placed in the vicinity to complement it. An open space was deliberately created on the left to make the layout appear larger. Two pieces of petrified wood were arranged on the left foreground to serve as a continuation to the layout at substrate level.
Additional Information Complete Dennerle Fertilization System, Dennerle CO2 Canister And Regulator. 3 Bubble per Sec Via a Ceramic Plate Diffuser.

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