#89: 151L Aquatic Garden Sword Garden

Diana Berberich Newburgh, United States


I'm impressed by this collection of Echinodorus but the larger specimens are already about as big as this tank can hold and the Oriental can quickly outgrow its location. The remaining plants should be more effectively arranged to add color and texture..
— Roger Miller
Tank would benefit from intensified bold planting (and reduced plant variety) more depth and darker gravel. You should provide a bigger tank for adult discus.
— Detlef Hupfeld
Wonderful colors and the swords create a great look but I don't know how long they will fit into this space.
— Chuck Gadd

Aquascape Details

Dimensions 91 × 46 × 43 cm
Title Sword Garden
Volume 151L
Background Blue plastic
Lighting Florescent Tubes: 25 watts- 4 each
Filtration Fluval 304
Plants Echino Red Flame
Echino Oriental
Echino Compacta
Echino tenellus
Echino bolivianus
Echino quadracostus
Echino Rubin
Nymphoides ? (floating)
Rotala macranda
Anubius nana, variagated
Lindernia rotundafolia
Vesicularia daubyana
Microsorum pteropus, dwarf
Glossostigma elatinoides
Marsilia drumondii
Rotala indica, uliginosa
Nymphea lotus, Zenkeri
Animals 2 Discus
18 Cardinals Tetras
5 Rummy Nose Tetras
4 Silver Tip Tetras
6 Pygmy Cory Catfish
6 Betta Splendens
2 Cory Catfish
Materials Wood, Rock. Pebbles
Substrate: soil, Flourite, gravel
Additional Information Echinodorus (sword plants) are king of the aquatic plants. They are some of the oldest plants to have graced the tanks of biginners and advanced aquarists, rewarding us with their robust ability to grow under varied conditions. With hybridization new varieties are being developed in the hobby. I have seen Crypt gardens in tanks over the years, and was curious to see if I could create an appealing garden dominated by Sword Plants. With the variety of specimens available it seemed obvious that Sword plants were more than just center peices. I really enjoyed creating this aquascape.

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