#612: 34L Biotope Aquascape: Small natural lake near Vinnytsia city, Ukraine
Valeriy Shylenko, Vinnytsia Ukraine | E-mail: aleronchenko at ukr.net | Aquascaper Website
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Awards and Judge Comments

This is a wonderful example of a local biotope. Unfortunately, the poor condition of the fish (hollow bellies) and the plants (a lot of deteriorating foliage) really hurts it.

Karen Randall

This aquarium gives the impression of a lake shore. Collecting locally can be a lot of fun, and gives the aquarist a strong example to work from. However, one must be careful to let all of the plants grow in to display healthy foliage, or remove the unhealthy/damaged leaves and stems.

Phil Edwards

Aquascape Details

Tank Size
62 x 22 x 25 cm (24 x 8.7 x 9.8 in)
34L (9 gallons)
Deep blue paper and a large piece of alder bark covered with moss (placed ouside of tank)
1 led lamp 6 Wt (4000 K), daytime period - 14,5 hours (8:00-22:30)
1 Aquael fan mini 2 internal filter, filtration material - sintepon
Additional Information
The lake Houralnya (means "distillery" in Ukrainian), represented in my biotope tank, is located in the park zone to the north of Vinnytsia city. The lake is relatively small, water into Houralnya comes from several streams and underground springs and is good for living organisms. Chemical parameters of water, however, are unstable and depend on seasons and weather (rainfalls, droughts, volume of water brought by streams). The lake is shallow, water near the shores is heated up well, this contributes to the explosive growth of vegetation in summer. The shoreline is filled heavily with fallen leaves and tree branches (this reminds a blackwater river). Everything (including water at the biotope launch) was taken directly from the lake The biotope aquarium represents the lake in the middle of July
Small natural lake near Vinnytsia city, Ukraine
Ceratophyllum demersum, Nuphar lutea, Lemna trisulca, Lemna minor, Batrachium aquatile, Potamogeton lucens, Potamogeton nodosus
Leucaspius delineatus (2 pcs), Perca fluviatilis (3 pcs), Rhodeus amarus (2 pcs); Notonecta glauca, Dytiscus marginalis; Sphaerium rivicolum L, Physa fontinalis, Lymnaea stagnalis
substrate - silt, large piece of driftwood, small branches and roots, oak and alder leaves, all from the lake