On Saturday, Judi hosted GWAPA’s February 2012 meeting on Amano-style/Nature Aquarium Style aquascaping. I gave the presentation, and had a pretty decent turn-out of 20-25 folks show up, including several new members. We had a lot going on at this meeting, as members picked up fish/inverts from a group buy from MsJinkzd.com, Cavan Allen debuted our first “plant of the month” talk with a 5-10 minute introduction to Eriocaulon compressum, and we announced the rules for GWAPA’s member-only aquascaping contest.
This year, GWAPA members voted to require all submissions to our contest be in the Nature Aquarium Style, excluding Iwagumi. Last year, we had a fun contest with similar requirements for Dutch aquascapes. You can see last year’s winning tank online at GWAPA’s website.
Judi has an assortment of tanks scattered through-out her house, which made going from room-to-room a lot of fun. In the kitchen, she has two 2.5G aquariums side-by-side with very nice nano-scapes going on.
In the dining room, she had a 30G (I think) aquarium with some of the nicest looking Cryptocoryne nurii I have ever seen. At first glance, I thought it was a batch of C. wendtii, but the leaf pattern on C. nurii is unmistakable. The foreground is Eleocharis sp. ‘Belem’, with lots of Anubias, Hygrophila pinnatifida, and a few other stems throughout. Overall, it was a great way to spend a chilly and windy February afternoon.