Entry #362: 243L Biotope Aquascape: The summertime in a shallow North European pond
Zanda Sejane, Liepaja Latvia | E-mail: zanda.s at gmail.com
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Awards and Judge Comments

Third Place

I don't think a biotope tank HAS to look "messy". You DO find little nooks and corners in ponds and streams that are astoundingly beautiful, and I don't think you need to fault an aquarist for wanting a "pretty" biotope. I like this tank very much!

Karen Randall

This is a gorgeous tank and the species are clearly accurate. The design just looks a little too contrived for my taste. It is still an excellent aquarium and I would be very happy to have it as my own.

Phil Edwards

Aquascape Details

Tank Size 120 x 45 x 45 cm (47 x 18 x 18 in)
Volume 243L (64 gallons)
Background Gray paper
Lighting 4*54W T5 (Sylvania GroLux, Sylvania Aquastar)
Filtration Eheim Professionel 3
Additional
Information
North European ponds in the summertime are teeming with life. This rich fauna and flora inspired me to reproduce a shallow stagnant aquatic habitat in the aquarium. All animals, plants, and decorations, including Elodea canadensis and Ceratophyllum demersum, have been collected from the Beberlini sand-pit in Latvia (coordinates: 56° 33' 52" N 21° 1' 10" E). Canadian Waterweed and Hornwort are invasive species in Latvia, but at present they are common in ponds, ditches, and lakes. I have, therefore, decided to use them in my tank. The coldwater aquarium must keep the water temperature below 20 °C. This was done by installing additional cooling fans in the tank lid.
Title The summertime in a shallow North European pond
Plants Nuphar lutea, Callitriche cophocarpa, Sparganium emersum, Potamogeton natans, Hottonia palustris, Utricularia vulgaris, Hydrocharis morsus-ranae, Lemna trisulca, Elodea canadensis, Ceratophyllum demersum
Fish/Animals 5 Carassius carassius, snails (Lymnaea stagnalis, Bithynia tentaculata, Planorbis carinatus, Radix sp.), Asellus aquaticus and other invertebrates
Decorative
Materials
Gravel, pebbles, tree branches, leaf litter, pine needles and pine cones directly from the biotope