#152: 125L Aquatic Garden

Robert Yueng Chung Lau Honolulu, United States


Nicely maintained aquascape but it could be improved with a little more variety in leaf stricture. It is a little "spikey" looking all over. The flow would also be better without the abrupt "stop" of the two vertical groups of stem plants. The empty space in the center makes a hard rectagle. Try trimming them into a little more graceful shape.
— Karen Randall
Some additional transitional elements from the short Eriocaulon to the tall stems would improve things. Consider cleaning your aquarium glass prior to photography.
— George Farmer
In a healthy tank the stem plantings in the back corners will need trimming every 4 or 5 days. That means that plant stubs will dominate the background for a week or more.
This lack of sustainability enters into the viewing experience and is a cosideration in our judging.
Add other types of plants to the background to carry the 'scape through this period. Add midground plants to hide the bare legs of the taller stems.
The rocks look like an afterthought.
Why so much open space? This is a contest in aquascaping not fishkeeping . Use that space to get creative with plants and hardscape.
— Bob Vivian

Aquascape Details

Dimensions 76 × 41 × 41 cm
Volume 125L
Background none
Lighting T5 39/w x6
Filtration Fluval 404
Plants Ludwigia'Cuba", Eriocaulon Cinereum, Pogostemon Helferi, Rotala sp.
Animals 15 Cardinal Tetra, 6 Harlequin Rasbora, 3 pea Puffer, 2 Apistogramma Borelli
Materials Substrate: Flora Base, Poting mix and Laterite.
Decorative Materials: petrified wood.
Additional Information Pressurizer Co2, Water Changes Weekly 80%.

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