#124: 76L Aquatic Garden Always Rejoice

Taro Takahashi Los Angeles, United States


This style of aquascape is not my favorite but done correctly they can be very powerful. In this case although the tank has clearly been carefully planned and maintained the "zebra rock" is a jarring note. The positioning of the rocks in a rectangular pattern doesn't help draw the eye into the aquascape nor does it create the desired feeling of depth.
— Karen Randall
There is a solid concept behind this aquascape and it is a good effort at a simple zen inspired rockscape. The smaller rock in the right front is not needed and takes away from the strong presence of the larger rock. Since there are few plants to be uprooted when the rocks are moved try experimenting with different placements. Also even numbers tend to give a feeling of finality and get boring quickly. Try keeping the rocks to odd increments only and see how it works out.
— Phil Edwards
More study on the placement of stones is required for the desired effect to be achieved. The block pattern upsets the irregularity which often draws us to contemplate stones.
— Ricky Cain
Black and white pattern on the stone does not look nice.
— Takashi Amano

Aquascape Details

Dimensions 61 × 32 × 42 cm
Title Always Rejoice
Volume 76L
Background Dark Blue Poster Board
Lighting Coralife Freshwater Aqualight 24in 65W Compact Fluorescent
Filtration Fluval 104 / Tetra Whisper Power Filter 10 + Fluvax Bio Max Ceramic Rings
Plants Riccia fluitans, Eleocharis montevidensis (dwarf hairgrass)
Animals Yamato numaebi (Caridina japonica), Otocinclus affinis
Materials Zebra Rocks, White Sand, Seachem Flourite Red, Seachem Onyx, Cumberland River Gems (Gravels)
Additional Information Plant Gro CO2 system (Hagen), Flourish Excel (Seachem), Flourish Iron (Seachem), pH 6.8, Nitrite < 0.3 mg/l

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