#111: 38L Aquatic Garden Betta's Playground

Krystal Duguay Dover, United States


I wish I were that Betta! This aquascape has a well composed slope with a nice variety of species. The large Vallisneria on the left and upward creeping Glossostigma in the foreground take away from the design. A mid-sized Cryptocoryne species would be a suitable alternative to the Vals. Taking a little time to clean the filter's intake strainer would help to keep it hidden better for the photo.
— Phil Edwards
Pretty tank and a nicely sloping design. It will be hard to maintain considering the plants being used but the aquarist has captured it at the right time for this contest. The Glosso is good and thick and the stem plants have been carefully trimmed.
— Karen Randall
The composition is excellent but it looks as if the layout was created just for the picture. It lacks natural feeling. Glossostigma in the foreground should be pruned.
— Takashi Amano

Aquascape Details

Dimensions 51 × 25 × 30 cm
Title Betta's Playground
Volume 38L
Background Black Plastic Background
Lighting AH Supply 36w kit
Filtration Small Regent HOB
Plants Glossostigma,
Dwarf Hair Grass (Eleocharis accicularis),
Dwarf Lobelia (Lobelia cardinalis),
Stargrass (Heteranthera zosterifolia),
Dipilis diandra,
Rotala rotundifolia,
Bacopa monnieri,
Vallisneria sp.
Animals Male Betta splendens,
9 Pygmy Cories (Corydoras pygmaeus),
3 African Dwarf Frogs,
Ghost shrimp
Materials The substrate is 100% Schultz's Aquatic Soil (aka Profile). One small rock is also used, which partly serves as a frog feeding zone.
Additional Information This tank is not supplemented with any fertilization regimen. Co2 is provided by a 2 litre bottle DIY yeast setup, diffused by an extra fine air stone.

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