#25: 250L Aquatic Garden State of nature

Oliver Knott Graben-Neudorf, Germany


Interesting aquascape. It looks a bit on the thin side and could use some time to mature and fill in. In particular the grass on the right side needs to fill in. The dark substrate clashes too much with the stark white of the left side. Increasing the variety of plants to include different shapes of foliage and color would enhance the design. Right now there is too much strappy green foliage dominating the aquascape. The rocks are too angular and don't fit well with the otherwise rounded feel to the aquascape. Those next to plants are softened somewhat but they don't all need to be there.
— Phil Edwards
Left white sand should be filled with Eleocharis.
— Takashi Amano
Clearly some thought and effort went into this design but I don't care for the artificiality of the sharply contrasting gravel and background or for the one-sided layout. It doesn't appear that the fish do either as they seem to be mostly trying to stay in the more naturally planted part of the tank.
— Karen Randall

Aquascape Details

Dimensions 100 × 50 × 50 cm
Title State of nature
Volume 250L
Background flat black artificial background from Juwel
Lighting 4 x 30 Watt T8 (2 x 4.000 Kelvin / 2 x 9.000 Kelvin) JBL
Filtration Eheim Filter professionel II 2226, UV-lamp (9Watt-JBL)
Plants (1) Potamogeton "octanterus"(?), (2) Potamogeton gayi, (3) Juncus repens, (4) Cyperus helferi, (5) Vesicularia dubyana, (6) Eleocharis acicularis
Animals Cardinal tetra (Paracheirodon axelrodi), Otocinclus affinis, Crossocheilus siamensis, Caridina japonica
Materials fertilizer substrate: fertilized sand (JBL), bottom / ground: right side = black gravel (Dennerle) and at the left side = white river sand, stones: unkown sort (from China)
Additional Information PH: 6.80, KH: 7-8, Fertilizer: Ferropol (JBL)

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