#74: 472L Aquatic Garden Plant/Goldfish Harmony

Molly Leonard Rochester, United States


You should be proud of this aquarium it's lovely. One doesn't see goldfish aquariums like this very often. There is conspicuous algae in the front that gets in the way. Please clean the front glass better before photographing.
— Phil Edwards
Algae looked ugly. The plants were placed only in the foreground and background. Middle ground should be designed more carefully.
— Takashi Amano
I agree with your assessment! It is a very pretty goldish tank and shows off your fish very prettily. While the shot of your little endler's is nice of the fish don't show off water-spotted glass in an aquascaping contest! Thank you for sharing your beautiful tank with us.
— Karen Randall

Aquascape Details

Dimensions 183 × 46 × 61 cm
Title Plant/Goldfish Harmony
Volume 472L
Background None - the black background made the tank seem small and shadowy.
Lighting Two 180 watt VHO bulbs, 6500 K
Filtration Large Emporer on one end, and a medium powerhead on the other to keep the surface moving.
Plants 1. Hygrophila polysperma "Tropical Sunset"
2. Vallisneria spiralis
3. Assorted Anubias (nana, barteri, coffefolia, hastifolia)
4. Echinodorus tenellus
5. Unknown lily (taken from my main pond lily)
6. Alternanthera reinekii
7. Echinodorus amazonicus
8. Rotala indica
9. Assorted Crypts, mainly Wendtii and Lutea
10. "White-Veined Bacopa"
Also some mostly invisble Java Ferns, anacharis, duckweed, not-quite-Hygro.-corymbosa, Bacopa monnieri, and java moss.
Animals Four young Carassius auratus (three Ryukins and a demekin)
Siamese algae eaters, Crossocheilus siamensis
Cories, C. aeneas and C. arcuatus
Endler's Livebearers, Poecilia sp. "Endler's"
Materials Two large pieces of driftwood. Several small porous rocks - the anubias are tied to them and then the rocks are buried, keeping the rhizome above the substrate.
Additional Information Fluorite substrate. Only ferts are plant tabs under the swords, lily, and crypt area. No CO2.

Obviously I realize this tank isn't anywhere near competition-level in this contest, but I'm proud of it and I think it's a good example of how plants and goldfish can, in fact, cohabit safely, as long as the plants are healthy and the goldfish are fancies. It's also good proof that vals can take over even large tanks!

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