#435: 350L Biotope Aquascape: L'arize at Rieux-Volvestre South West France
Gabriel Mounichy, Poucharramet Midi Pyrénées France | E-mail: naturartistik at yahoo.com
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I applaud your use of native plants and animals. However the olants are not in good condition. You must learn how to grow them better, not simply use them as short-term decorations.

Karen Randall

Lovely reproduction of the habitat shown in the photo. It would have scored higher had there been wood visible in the photo and had the dying Potomogeton be removed. Overall, well done!

Phil Edwards

A very well designed representation of the River based on the photo. Great job!

Bailin Shaw

Aquascape Details

Tank Size
120 x 80 x 55 cm (47 x 31 x 22 in)
350L (93 gallons)
No back ground
One t8 neon light of 18 watts Two LEDs néon Sera daylight sunrise 520 16 watts each
DIY filter with white foam and Eheim water pump of 600L/h
Additional Information
The volume and dimensions I gave for the tank is not really correct as it is a five side and filled to a bit less than half. (Also this tank was quite scratched When i got it and I really feel bad about that.) In this biotope I tried to represent a little part of the bank of a river called L'arize which flows in the South West of France from the Pyrenees mountains into the provinces of L'Ariege and La Haute Garonne, the locality I chose is an old town called Rieux-Volvestre, very beautiful and peaceful, the Roman Catholic Church built on the river in 1317 is a must see. All stones sand plants and animals where taken carefully for the biotope contest at a small sandy beach situated after a little dam, there the young fish are by thousands and quite easy to catch, the water flow is not fast but not slow, temperature in the end of summer was 25C°, Ph 7.5 and Kh 8.
L'arize at Rieux-Volvestre South West France
Polygonum hydropiper Cyperus eragrostis Potamogeton nodrosus
12 Alburnus alburnus 2 Gobio gobio 4 Barbatula barbatula 10 Unio crassus
Round river stones of all sizes Spider wood River sand