#35: 38L Aquatic Garden

Adrian MacGeraghty Arvada, United States


A healthy looking tank; not a trivial thing for the size. I like the main composition: plants vs. empty space. A little more organization in the plant groups might enhance the overall impression
— Wim van Drongelen
This is a healthy looking tank that suffers from a number of minor problems that unfortunately add up. There are water spots visible on the glass in some photos and the water is not clear. Stem plants usually look better if they are planted in stronger groupings that make more of a "statement". The tossed salad look of this tank and a few too many fish give that tank a rather busy appearance.

While it does not directly affect the placing (or judging) of the tank it is better to try to photograph a tank at night with all other lights nearby turned off. This will help prevent some of the reflections seen in these photos.
— Karen Randall

Aquascape Details

Dimensions 51 × 25 × 25 cm
Volume 38L
Background black garbage bag
Lighting 2x17watt bright kit retro kittor
Filtration 1 Wisper junior for water movement
Plants Hygrophila-corymbosa, polysperma "sunset"
Cryptocoyne sp.
Cabomba caroliana
Microsorum pteropus (java fern)
Animals Rasbora heteromorpha (Harlequin rasbora)
Otocinclus sps.
Ancistrus sp.
1 horseface loach
a ghost shrimp
and a lone danio that I haven't been able to net out of the tank yet (very fast)
Materials I use regular aquarium gravel, with a little bit of garden soil in the bottom. I used 2 rocks (from my garden) to set the java fern on.
Additional Information I use a DIY yeast bottle that is taken into the whisper filter to absorb the CO2. I have 15 rasboras in the tank and about 4 ottos and an ancistrus. My favorite tank so far.

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