Entry #198: 74L Biotope Aquascape: Summer in Ticino River - Aquatic plants, the cradle of new life
Andrea Perotti, Somma Lombardo Varese Italy | E-mail: perotticasale at libero.it | Aquascaper Website
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Awards and Judge Comments

Second Place

Very natural biotope tank, best you still applied some aquascaping principles to balance out the mound with the group of Egeria. Nice job!

Kris Weinhold

I like the fact that you have collected your materials directly from the biotope that you have represented. It definitely has a "river bank feel"

Karen Randall

You've certainly put a lot of effort into collecting habitat-appropriate species. Kudos to you for that! The aquascape design appears less-than-natural though. If the design had more accurately reflected natural plant grouping and hardscape arrangement this entry would have scored much higher. It's a beautiful aquarium though and you should be proud of it.

Phil Edwards

Aquascape Details

Tank Size 77 x 32 x 30 cm (30 x 13 x 12 in)
Volume 74L (20 gallons)
Background None
Lighting 1 neon T8 18 watt Philips 840
Filtration 2 internal filters (PRODAC + Hydor) with sponge
Fertilization: PRODAC Nutron Flora - Water: all caught in the river Ticino (also that of water changes)
Title Summer in Ticino River - Aquatic plants, the cradle of new life
Plants Lagarosiphon major, Vallisneria spiralis, Egeria densa, Fontinalis sp., Potamogeton perfoliatus, Ranunculus penicillatus, Potamogeton pectinatus, Myriophyllum spicatum
Fish/Animals About 15 young Squalius cephalus (all fry) - 5 young Scardinius erythrophthalmus (all fry) - Many small invertebrates: Bithynia tantaculata, Physella acuta, Gyraulus acronicus, Potamopyrgus antipodarum, Lymnaea auricularia, Theodoxus fluviatilis, Viviparus viviparus, Dreissena polymorpha, Unio pictorum, Corbicula fluminea, Corbicula fluminalis - Larvae of Potamophylax sp.
Substrate: PRODAC Fertil Plant + gravel and sand caught in the river Ticino - Rocks: caught in the river Ticino - Driftwood: caught in the river Ticino - Dead leaves: caught in the river Ticino