#328: 450L Dutch Aquascape Conservatory Garden

Cheattha Sae-Teaw Phuket, Thailand

Awards and Comments

First Place
I love this! Absolutely brilliant.

I want this in my house. I am in awe of the skill level.

My criticisms may seem petty to some given the advanced level of this aquarist but it's merely meeting the aquarist at his or her level.

The skill needed to take this tank to perfection is obviously there but there are a few minor missteps: there are about 5 species too many in the foreground.

Plants # 16 17 and 18 should be just one species.

Same with 11 12 and 14 which form a cluster of red plants competing with each other.

Plants #21 22 an 23 should have been just one species.

Plant #8 needs to be trimmed.

The left and right ends of the tank seems less defined than the middle. There is poor definition in #9. The street is imposing and amazing but it should have narrowed and disappeared behind #6.

I hope the beginners who did not place in the Top 5 spend some time studying the details of this tank - there is a lot to learn from this entry.
— Vin Kutty
I really love the healthy looking plants and wonderful contrasts we are seeing in this scape. Where in most aquariums I am warning for orange/red combinations it CAN work if the leaf shapes are contrasting enough. And that is what we are seeing here. The only downside in this scape is the focus on the centre of the tank: the Lobelia street ends there the Ambulia straightens it and even the Bacopa is pointing the focus to the centre.
— Marco Aukes
Nice and healty plants. Create some views to the background. The street Lobelia cardinalis is a little dominant. Nice cover of the side walls.
— Bart Laurens

Aquascape Details

Dimensions 150 × 60 × 50 cm
Title Conservatory Garden
Volume 450L
Background Black
Lighting Chihiros WRGB 120 1 set
Filtration Canister : Crazy Stone CS-1400 1 set
Plants 1.Lobelia cardinalis ‘Drawf’
2.Bacopa colorata
3.Nymphaea Tiger lotus ‘Red’
4. Limnophila aquatica ‘Giant Ambulia’
5.Ludwigia inclinata var. verticillata ‘Cuba’
6.Pogostemon erectus
7.Rotala macrandra green
8.Vallisneria nana
9. Eriocaulon Vietnam
10.Staurogyne repens
11.Ludwigia sp.’Mini super red’
12.Cryptocpryne ‘Flamingo’
13. Hydrogotyle tripartita
14.Rotala ‘Rose’
15. Hygrophila corymbosa
16.Bucephalandra pygmaea ‘Wavy green’
17. Bucephalandra pygmaea ‘Metallica’
18.Rotal indica ‘Bonsai’
19.Myriophyllum sp. Guyana
20.Cyperus helferi
21.Ludwegia sphaerocarpa ‘Pilosa’
22.Limnphila sp. mini
23.Juncus repens
Animals 15 Paracheirodon axelrodi
10 Hemigrammus rodwayi
5 Trigonostigma heteromorpho
5 Hyphessobrycon herbertaxelrodi
2 Macrotocinclus affinis
1 Carinotetraodon travancoricus
Neocaridina denticulata
Materials Substrate : Crazy Stone Amazon Soil + Raw Base

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