#508: 42L Biotope Aquascape: Small stream in Choctaw National Wildlife Refuge, Alabama, USA
Dominik Woroch, Poznań Wielkopolska Polska | E-mail: crush32 at wp.pl
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Awards and Judge Comments

This is a nice and faithfully reproduced biotope tank. I think it would have been more effective if you had used a tank with a more traditional dimensions than this cube style tank.

Karen Randall

This looks like habitats I've seen all over the Southern US and could very well represent habitats in lower Alabama. The wide variety of plants, questionable moss, and visible filter all detract from the general impression. If you do native collecting again, try getting measurements of the aquarium's actual footprint area and only take what plants and substrate/hardscape materials are in that. Keep trying! Biotopes are a lot more difficult to pull off well than most people think.

Phil Edwards

Aquascape Details

Tank Size
35 x 35 x 35 cm (14 x 14 x 14 in)
42L (11 gallons)
Black Vinyl
12W Led
Aquael Minikani 80
Additional Information
The aquarium is set up as a small stream in Choctaw National Wildlife Refuge. CNWR is located in southwest Alabama along the Tombigbee River. The primary purpose of the refuge is to provide wood duck brood habitat and serve as a protected wintering area for waterfowl. Up to 200 broods of wood ducks are produced anually in the refuge's artificial nest boxes, and wintering waterfowl numbers can exceed 10,000. Small stream in this region mostly had weak current. A lot of nutrition are good conditions for successful living of various species of plants. In the bottom of the stream we can found a lot fallen leaves, sticks and roots. Among the leaves and vegetation there are representatives of the smallest live-bearing fish: Heterandria formosa and crayfist Cambarellus diminutus.
Small stream in Choctaw National Wildlife Refuge, Alabama, USA
Ceratophyllum demersum, Hydrocotyle leucocephala, Vallisneria sp., Taxiphyllum sp., Lemna minor
Cambarellus diminutus, Heterandria formosa
Gravel, roots, branches, leaves, sand