#434: 242.9L Aquatic Garden ASCEND

Matthew Israel O Manes Parañaque, Philippines

Awards and Comments

Best of ShowFirst Place
This is a testament of hope.
The work speaks to me. And yet at first I couldn't explain why.
It's the design of a cave an idea that has been around long before. And at the same time this is something special.
As a juror it is my duty to analyze the work submitted to me.
So I first set about drawing on the picture.
If you mark the focus points it doesn't make much sense. Of course all points have a structure but the structures appear very similar. The design is almost symmetrical.
It made more sense when I started drawing ovals from the vanishing point and vectors that go in curved curves rather than straight lines.
You created a tunnel effect.
Caves have the property of triggering anxiety but you show us the way out.
A powerful message that reaches people of all ages. "Do not fear the light is near".
A strong message a good message a message that we can all use in difficult times.
Thank you for that!
— Frederic Fuss
Monumental and breathtaking work.
Despite not starting from a new idea this masterful work brought a lot of innovation and personal touches thanks to the way in which the author used the hardscape creating plateaus that accentuated the perspective providing an incredible and very natural atmosphere.
The lines of force are easily noticed accentuated even more by the perfect use of shadows.
In this work the intelligent use of green plants with different textures and sizes stands out which give class to the work using larger leaves in the region closest to the observer emphasizing the sense of perspective and depth.
The empty point when positioned in the golden proportion brought harmony naturalness and a lot of proportion to this composition which even developing on a single rock wall makes evident the harmonious 3:2 proportion in this montage.
The choice of very small “lamp-eyes” was smart as it contributed to enhancing the grandeur of the scenery. I would only be more cautious in the future in using colored Neocaridines in works like this as the intense red in this case could have gotten in the way if they were more evident.
I particularly question the excessive amount of plants in the frontal plane which in my opinion lacks a cosmetic sand void even to create a counterpoint to the upper void but definitely it's just a detail and that in no way discredits this impressive work.

Well I can't get enough of looking at this beautiful layout as it's both very intense and simple. Less is more.

Works like this make our community stronger!
Congratulations on your dedication talent and daring.
You are my number one.
— Andre Longarço
This is without a doubt a masterpiece of rock arrangement. Slice by slice the author created a perfectly balanced scenario with a huge understanding of the natural erosion created by water with the pass of time.
About the tank I just deducted some points about the long term viability and the maturity of plants.
This is no doubt the masterpiece of 2022 for my taste and a great candidate for best of show. Congratulations.
— Juan Puchades Rufino
To be in this aquascaping level you have to be a nature perfect observer. I see dedication time patience nature understanding respect research in one layout.
The feelings with this tank is honestly one of the greatest feelings in this contest thank you for sharing with us this masterpiece and for me Best of Show. Well deserved all points. :)
— Jhonny Vanegas Cardenas

Aquascape Details

Dimensions 120 × 45 × 45 cm
Volume 242.9L
Background White vynil sticker
Lighting Week aqua 1200 pandora RGV UV 150 watts and Week aqua M 1200 pro RGV UV 72 watts
Filtration 2pcs 304b sunsun canister filter
Plants - Hemianthus callitrichoides
- Monte carlo
- Bucephalandras sp.
- Brazilian microsword
- Glossostigma elatinoides
- Marsilea creanata
- Ranunculus inundatus
- Coral moss
- Pearlweed
- Rotala goias
Animals - lampeye killifish
- cherry shrimps
Materials Slate stone
Additional Information APT zero, seachem advance, ADA soil additives, ADA Amazonia soil

Website problems? contact showcase@aquatic-gardeners.org | privacy policy | terms of use