Entry #32: 1474L Biotope Aquascape: Lake Petén Shallows
lee nuttall, wolverhampton west midlands united kingdom | Aquascaper Website
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Awards and Judge Comments

First Place

Not only is your tank faithful to the biotope, but it is a beautiful home for your spectacular fish as well. Great job!

Karen Randall

You've created a lovely home for your large cichlids that makes me think of the rocky littoral zone of many lakes I've visited. The judicious use of Hornwort is well done. In this case less is definitely more. It adds a realistic touch of vegetation without overpowering the rocky theme.

Phil Edwards

Aquascape Details

Tank Size 244 x 120 x 60 cm (96 x 47 x 24 in)
Volume 1474L (390 gallons)
Background modified Back to Nature
Lighting T8 Freshwater lamps x2
Filtration Biological filtration behind the background, powered by 2 maxijet pumps rated 1700 lph/2300 lph.
after doing much reading on the aquatic fauna found around the Petén basins, I learned that both Elodea sp. and Ceratophyllum sp. are found extensively around some parts of Lake Petén banks and shorelines. This inspired me to represent a shallow river bank area with Hornwort growing and left to trail along the surface to create a shady area.
Title Lake Petén Shallows
Plants Ceratophyllum sp. Hornwort
Fish/Animals Vieja melanura x 5
Large river stones and cobbles, sand with fine gravel mix, beech tree branches