This 54l landscape aquarium by Leandro Artioli won the 2013 Brasilian Aquascaping contest in the nano category. To me, the size of the fish (that are supposed to be Paracheirodon simulans according to the documentation provided- that is, green neon tetras) is absolutely disproportional to the stated dimensions of the tank. Making a quick calculus of the dimensions of the tank (the back panel) and the fish, the tetras appear to be about 1.5 cm long or smaller. I have the same fish in an identically sized tank, so this caught my attention immediately. Obviously, shrinking the fish to about half of their true size improves the perceived volume of the aquarium, making it look much larger than it is.
Apart of this optical illusion (what may be a photo manipulation instead of a real photo), this is a stunning tank, with an ideal balance of hardscape and the plants — even if the rotala in the back is a bit too much (both in terms of colour and volume) to my taste. It makes me still wonder what else may have been adjusted on the photo to make it the winning work on CBAP in its category.
(I may be wrong anyway, I guess the jury vetted the image carefully enough — should I be mistaken, I’ll correct myself duly — please someone let me know — are these very young fish? but then the colouration … anyway, let’s see, maybe someone could correct me)
Also: check the 4th placed aquarium with the same type of fish here.