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August '08

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August '08 - Paraná State Aquascaping Contest!

This month we feature the Top 10 placements in the Paraná State Aquascaping Contest 2008, whose results were released during the 3rd Aquarists Meeting of Londrina and Region (Brazil). Congratulations to the organizers and all the placers, most of which are members of our message board!

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1st Place - 54 L Aquascape by Americo Guazzelli. (Londrina)

Tank Size: 60 x 30 x 30 cm (54 L)
Substrate: Humus (treated earthworm compost), laterite and pool filter sand
Filtration: Sponge filter
Lighting: 3x 20 W 6500 K fluorescent tubes
CO2 System: DIY injection
Plants: Echinodorus tenellus "Amano", Sagittaria sp. "Brasília", Echinodorus sp. "Brasília", Hemianthus micranthemoides, Hemianthus callitrichoides, Rotala sp. "Ceylon", Londrina moss, Eleocharis minima, Eleocharis vivipara and Pogostemon helferi
Fish and Inverts: Nannostomus trifasciatus

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2nd Place - 48 L Aquascape by Evandro Romero. (Londrina)

Tank Size: 69 x 26 x 27 cm (48 L)
Substrate: Humus + part concentrated laterite and part common laterite + pool filter sand
Filtration: Atman HF-0300
Lighting: 2x 20 W compact fluorescent + 1 Aquaglo 15 W
CO2 System: DIY bottle
Plants: Rotala sp. "Ceylon", Eleocharis minima, Anubias barteri "nana", Pogostemon helferi, Hemianthus micranthemoides, Microsorum pteropus, Microsorum pteropus "Windelov", Echinodorus sp. "Brasilia", Blyxa japonica, Heteranthera zosterifolia and Glossostigma elatinoides.
Fish and Inverts: Paracheirodon axelrodi

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3rd Place - 466 L Aquascape by Cleber Sá. (Curitiba)

Tank Size: 160 x 55 x 53cm (466 L)
Substrate: 2 bags Tropica Plant Substrat 5 L + 50 kg basalt gravel n.0
Filtration: Eheim Professional 2026 canister with sponge, acrylic wool, Purigen 100 ml and ceramics
Lighting: 2 Arcadia 150 W 6000 K Reflectors
CO2 System: 4 kg Pressurized cylinder with pressure valve and Sera CO2 Reactor with bubble counter
Plants: Eleocharis minima, Vallisneria spiralis "Striped", Rotala wallichii, Blyxa echinosperma and Christmas Moss.
Fish and Inverts: Paracheirodon axelrodi, Epalzeorhynchos kalopterus, Gyrinocheilos aymonieri, Crossocheilus siamensis, Ampullaria sp., Neritina sp., Ghost Shrimp, Neon Shrimp.

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4th Place - 53 L Aquascape by Dyego Doim. (Ponta Grossa)

Tank Size: 50 x 35 x 30 cm (53 L)
Substrate: Prodac Humus, Humus Plus, Red Sea Flora Root and sand
Filtration: Tetra Whisper 10
Lighting: 1x T-5 22 W Philips circular
CO2 System: Cylinder with airstone difusor
Plants: Micranthemum umbrosum, Rotala macrandra, Glossostigma elatinoides, Flame Moss, Rotala sp. "Vietnam", Microsorum pteropus "narrow leaf"
Fish and Inverts: Hyphessobrycon pulchripinnis, Apistogramma cacatuoides, Corydoras spp., Otocinclus sp.

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5th Place - 144 L Aquascape by Guto Cantamessa. (Londrina)

Tank Size: 120 x 30 x 40 cm (144 L)
Substrate: 2 kg treated humus, 2 kg laterite, 20 kg pool filter sand
Filtration: Millennium 2000
Lighting: 4x40 W common tubes
CO2 System: DIY
Plants: Rotala macrandra, Rotala sp. "green", Rotala wallichii, Limnophila aquatica, Ludwigia glandulosa, Ludwigia perenes, Riccia fluitans, Ammannia senegalensis, Ludwigia arcuata, Didiplis diandra, Eleocharis minima, Barclaya longifolia, Glossostigma elatinoides
Fish and Inverts: Paracheirodon axelrodi, Paracheirodon simulans, Hyphessobrycon herbertaxelrodi, Otocinclus vestitus, Snails

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Photos taken by their respective authors and displayed here with permission of the Organizing Committee.

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