#53: 76L Aquatic Garden Aquatic Garden

Rod Stewart Bedford, Canada


This is a very successful beginner's aquascape. In the future the aquarist might want to arrange the plants or perhaps add another plant for variety in color and leaf shape. A few fish would add to the interest.
— Roger Miller
Since cut into half tank is out of balance. Please create some depth!
— Detlef Hupfeld
A nice simple planted tank. Create more interesting composition by rearranging plants so that plants with different leaf shapes are next to each other. In the pics the similarly shaped Java ferns and Crypts blend together. Break up the strip of empty substrate at the front making that area wider in some places and narrower in others. Re-arranging plants to reduce the symmetry would create more focal points and help keep viewers interest.
— Chuck Gadd

Aquascape Details

Dimensions 61 × 30 × 41 cm
Title Aquatic Garden
Volume 76L
Background Standard grey aquarium background picture of roots and rock.
Lighting 2x20 watt sunglo (full spectrum), 2x20 watt powerglo (intense blue end spectrum).
Filtration Small Hagen 201 powerhead in corner for circulation only.
Plants 1. Microsorum pteropus, 2. Rotala indica, 3. assorted Cryptocorynes, 4. Nymphaea maculata
Animals 3 Otocinclus, 8 Cardina japonica
Materials three inches of Profile (ceramic granules) at the foreground increasing to a depth of five inches at the background, plus a 1-inch layer of sand on top of the Profile.
Additional Information A simple beginner's aquascape focusing on easy plants with minimal maintenance. Few fauna were chosen for algae control. Water changes of 25% per week. Fed sparingly 6 times per week. The deep ceramic granule substrate was intended to provide ample rooting medium for the lotus and crypts. The tank is only 4 months old.

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