#144: 57L Aquatic Garden The path less taken

Timber Moriwake Mililani, United States


I like this aquascape a lot. The aquarist has done a good job using one species almost as a focus. The line of the midground is well placed and keeps the eye moving back and forth through the aquascape. However the weaker back and foregrounds don't stand up to the midground giving the overall composition a weakened effect. I'm a big fan of green plants and generally don't need red in an aquascape to be impressed. This case is an exception. The overall sameness of the green needs some reddish hues to contrast and give more interest to the composition. Red fish would do just as well as red plants for this.
— Phil Edwards
I like the light lacy feel of this tank. However it needs "something" to break up the sameness. Perhaps some nice driftwood or some rock work or some plants of a different color.
— Karen Randall
Use of driftwood and stones is not clear enough. The fish is too big. The layout looks symmetrical.
— Takashi Amano

Aquascape Details

Dimensions 61 × 30 × 30 cm
Title The path less taken
Volume 57L
Background black paper
Lighting 55 watt pc, 6700k
Filtration HOT magnum cannister filter

50% water change weekly
Plants 1. Cyperus helferi
2. Ludwigia inclinata var. verticiliata
3. Pogostemon helferi
4. Glossostigma elatinoides
5. Ranalisma rostrata
6. Eleocharis acicularis
7. Rotala sp. "Green"
8. Hemianthus micranthemoides
9. Rotala rotundifolia
10.Rotala sp. "Nanjenshan"

Animals Hyphessobrycon bentosi rosaceus
Otocinclus affinis
Cherry red shimp
Crystal Bee shrimp
Caridinia japonica
Materials Schultz aquatic soil
Additional Information pressurized CO2, 2 bubbles per sec.
Flourish 2 mils per day
Flourish Iron 2 mils per day

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