#647: 240L Dutch Aquascape Where are my fish?

Ryszard Olkusnik Kryspinow, Poland


This aquarium is not balanced in terms of plants. On the left large groups are too exuberant and on the right relatively bare and moderately planted. Too much open back wall on the right.
The Nymphoides hydrophylla Taiwan could be moved to the right rear.
It looks as if the right part is only freshly planted and still has to grow.
The whole aquarium looks healthy.
Nice fish stock well distributed over the water layers.
Technology well hidden and out of sight.
— Bart Laurens
The right third seems trimmed but not permitted the time to mature to optimal size whereas the left two-thirds is overgrown. Knowing when to trim each species given that each species grows at a different rate so that they all reach peak condition on photography day is a skill worth learning. A few months before photography day you need to know how many days are required for each species to go from 'trimmed to the bone' to 'fabulous perfection.' Then you trim each species on separate days based on that. The Lobelia street should ideally taper and disappear behind another bush - in this case if the Limnophila aromatica bush. More tips here: https://www.aquatic-gardeners.org/Articles/Vin-Dutch/
— Vin Kutty
The balance between left and right is lacking here and a bit more work on the contrasts (also in height) is required.
— Marco Aukes

Aquascape Details

Dimensions 120 × 45 × 45 cm
Title Where are my fish?
Volume 240L
Background Black foil
Lighting 2x Chihiros WRGB2 (45 and 60)
Filtration Sump behind tank
Plants 1. Hygrophila polysperma 'Sunset',
2. Ludwigia repens rubin,
3. Heteranthera zosterifolia,
4. Rotala H'ra,
5. Lobellia Cardinalis mini,
6. Limnophila aromatica,
7. Vallisneria asiatica,
8. Alternanthera reinecki,
9. Hygrophila difformis,
10. Nymphoides hydrophylla Taiwan,
11. Limnophila sessiliflora,
12. Staurogyne repens
Animals 20 Hyphessobrycon amandae
20 Pseudomugil gertrudae
15 Corydoras habrosus
10 Danio margaritatus
8 Otocinklus
1 Aphyosemion australe
15 Amano shrimps
Materials Tropica Aquarium Soil
Additional Information Masterline AllInOne fertilizer added daily, CO2 during lighting period

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