Entry #2: 38L Biotope Aquascape
Max Gallade, Timonium Maryland USA | Aquascaper Website
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Awards and Judge Comments

Second Place

Aquascape Details

Tank Size 51 x 28 x 30 cm (20 x 11 x 12 in)
Volume 38L (10 gallons)
Background Black paint
Lighting 20 Watts Flourescent
Filtration Aquaclear mini,intake modified with a fine mesh net to protect fry.
Additional
Information
The goal for this aquascape was to create the looks of a little Amazonian Forrest creek ,although not all the plants are of Amazonian origin.The Java fern and the Babytears were chosen for their looks and as hiding plants for potential fry.I also wanted to integrate the aquascape into a well functioning breeding tank for Apistogramma sp."Rio Marmore" . The white aquarium sand substrate covered with Oak leaves created a natural looking background for my aquarium photography hobby as well.I'm very satisfied with the results of close-up photos of the fish in this tank.The fish seem to like this natural set-up as well.My Apistogramma A.sp."Rio Marmore" surprised me with their first fry in this tank on 08/01/01.
Plants Anubia Barteri var,"nana,Echinodorus urugayensis(Amazon Sword plant) ,Java Moss.Cryptocoryne wendtii,Micranthemum (Hemianthus) micranthemoides added three month later as background plants.
Fish/Animals Apistogramma sp."Rio Marmore" Nannostumus sp.(Striped Pencilfish)
Decorative
Materials
Oak leaves,driftwood