#368: 121.5L Dutch Aquascape Color of EDEN

M Reza Mazinanian Tehran, Iran

Awards and Comments

Third Place
Lovely plant streets and although you pushed the number of plant species to the VERY limit you did not go beyond it. In the future however in a tank with less length you might do better to reduce the number of species. This tank is not an easy shape to use for a Dutch 'scape and you’ve done a beautiful job!
— Karen Randall
Really nice and healthy looking tank. Impressive "street" of Tonina.

The groups could be somewhat wider as now all give the impression of being very thin and narrow.

If you would put the strong red ludwigia more to the left next to the Vallisneria it would act as a much better focus point.
— Marco Aukes
There are many elements of Dutch style aquascape here - plant street contrast of colors presence of grasses and a large-leaved plant. These are key elements missing from many of the other entries.

However a 60 cm (2 feet) tank should only have about 6 or 7 species. Keep to the 1 species per 10 cm guideline. You have twice as many species as the tank length allows and as a result everything feels congested. The same layout and plant species stretched over a 90 or 120 cm tank would be gorgeous.

Increasing tank size means a LOT more work but I hope you return next year with a 120 cm entry.

The central placement of Ludwigia palustris Super Red and the Syngonanthus street is visually hyper-dominant and it feels like nothing else matters.

Composition rules such as Rule of Thirds Golden Ratio etc. are critical in identifying focal points and supporting them with secondary plants.

Here are some tips and guidelines for Dutch style aquascapers:
— Vin Kutty

Aquascape Details

Dimensions 60 × 45 × 45 cm
Title Color of EDEN
Volume 121.5L
Background Black poster
Lighting LED Chihiros vivid 2
Filtration Eheim classic 2215
Plants Vallisneria nana , Rotala bonsai , Cryptocoryne flamingo , Pogostemon erectus , Tonina belem , Ludwigia super red mini , Hygrophila araguaia , pogostemon helferi , rotala rotundifolia , Echinodorus iguazu , Cryptocoryne retrospiralis , Eriocaulon cinereum
Animals platy , amano & neocaridina shrimp , Ancistrus , Siamese Algae Eater , Cardinal tetra ,
Additional Information 40% weekly water change
Seachem fertilizer
tropica substrate & soil

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