#45: 22L Aquatic Garden Hillside Paradise

Chung Lai Cheng, Sean Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Awards and Comments

Honorable Mention
This is a well-conceived composition and an
eye-catching presentation. The entry would be
improved with some careful trimming. The big
stand of R. rotundifolia looks much better
against a dark background.
— Roger Miller
Amazingly well balanced mini scape with vigorous
growth depth of space and natural flow.
Plant selection very appealing. Guppies may lead
to overpopulation. Minor drawback: unpleasing tank
— Detlef Hupfeld
A lush garden but not enough definition between plants. The moss has spread a little too wildly for my tastes
— Chuck Gadd

Aquascape Details

Dimensions 38 × 24 × 31 cm
Title Hillside Paradise
Volume 22L
Background Self adhesive blue paper
Lighting 2 x 15w NA fluorescent lamp, 1 x 24w PL tube
Filtration Eheim 2211 external canister filter
Plants Glossostigma elatinoides,
Echinodorus tenellus,
Rotala rotundifolia,
Rotala nanjeanshanensis,
Ludwigia arcuata,
Hemianthus micranthemoides,
Microsorum pteropus,
Fontinalis anitpyretica
Animals Poecilia reticulata (Wild guppy),

Cyprinidae sp.,

Otocincius sp.,

Cardina japonica
Materials ADA Aqua Soil Amazonia,
Driftwood and self-collected rocks from local beach
Additional Information Fertilization: ADA Brighty K 5ml/day,
ADA Step 2 5ml/day

I always enjoy creating small aquascape since living space is limited here in Hong Kong and it's not easy to afford a large space to accommodate a big tank. Although the size of the tank is small, I tried to create a spacious look by planting Glossostigma elatinoides in vast area of the layout, with the taller plants planted at the corner behind the driftwood to create a "Hillside" appearance.
I entered the 2002 ADA International Aquascaping Contest with this layout and was lucky enough to be placed at the top 500 among all the entries from all over the world.

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