#454: 242L Aquatic Garden Butterfly Hideaway

Steven Chong Tokyo, Japan

Awards and Comments

Larry Lampert Most Innovative Award
Hardscape construction and perspective work are beautiful. Strong and bold usage of shadows accentuates the textures of the rock work. However I think that conditions of plants can be greatly improved upon; plants here are almost used just as cursory makeup for the hardscape. Hardscape-wise I think this is among the best in this category.
— Dennis Wong
Very strong use of perspective and scale. The top reflection is very effective. The left and right sides leave something to be desired as they are mostly blacked out. Great job!
— Jeff Miotke

Aquascape Details

Dimensions 120 × 45 × 45 cm
Title Butterfly Hideaway
Volume 242L
Lighting ADA Solar 1 x 2
Filtration Eheim 3 Pro
Plants HC, Micranthemum "Monte Carlo", Fissidens Fontanus, Weeping Moss, Hygrophila Pinnatifida, Bucephelandra sp., Anubias nana "petite", Anubias Pangolino, Anubias angustifolia, Java Fern "trident", Micro Swords, Hair Grass
Animals Pseudomugil gertrudae
Materials Black Plate Lava, Manzanita wood
Additional Information I set out to create a layout re-creating a sink hole with the illusion of having no bottom, dropping below the actual bottom of the aquarium. In order to make a layout that not only included this gimmick, but told a compelling story, I tried incorporated influences from Shiraito-taki (white-thread falls) in Nagano, Moto-taki (Origin Falls) in Akita, and the Kaumana caves in Hawaii.

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