2017 AGA Aquascaping Contest

Biotope Aquascape

Comments from Judges

There are some really fantastic biotope tanks this year, and many others that were nearly as nice. Those of you in either of these groups should be congratulated for your efforts! However, I am quite disappointed that over 20% of the entries in this category do not belong here at all. Some have nice "stories" about biotopes, but then the tank does not follow through with the maker's biotope description. If you include plants that are clearly not native to the region of your "biotope", it is NOT a biotope. Likewise, if you use a man-made color morph of an animal, it is not a biotope, as these animals are never found in nature.

Karen Randall

I'd like to second what Karen said. There are some fantastic entries and some "Just about there" entries. Those of you in these groups; keep up the good work. Biotope aquariums require a lot of research and careful planning. They're not easy! Unfortunately, there were many entries which were/are completely unsuited for this category. Being a Nature Aquarium, in the style of ADA, does not mean Biotope. Neither does using artificial color morphs of animals or plants that would not be found in the wild. Only wild-type species are acceptable for biotopes. Please take the time to read the guidelines for this category and do some research prior to entering next year.

Phil Edwards
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Brazil
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Usa
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India
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México
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türkiye
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India
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Shih-Han Hsu
Taiwan
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China
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Indonesia
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ALBERT YEO
Indonesia
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România
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Cory Hopkins
United States
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Morocco
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Kwong Kam Pui
香港
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France
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