#670: 35L Biotope Aquascape: Shallow and cloudy waters of rice fields at the edge of the Krabi river / Southern Thailand
Tolga Eldurmaz, İstanbul Avcılar Türkiye | E-mail: teldurmaz at gmail.com
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I applaud your use of rice in the tank. I doubted that it could be successfully kept indoors. I don't think yours is entirely happy, since rice usually stands upright above the water surface, but it's a good try. However, I have NEVER seen driftwood sitting around in a rice field. It would be picked up and removed by the rice farmers. So I think, for the sake of the contest, you may have decided to add this for interest. Remember that in the biotope category, accuracy and health of the plants and animals used, trumps all!

Karen Randall

Disqualify. I can see that the aquarist put effort into creating a reconstruction of a rice field. However, there are plants and animals which originate from different parts of the world. This is a very nice natural looking aquarium, but not a biotope. Keep researching and keep it up, I can see you doing well in the future.

Phil Edwards

Aquascape Details

Tank Size
50 x 35 x 20 cm (20 x 14 x 7.9 in)
35L (9 gallons)
My rooms wall
smd les
Waterfall type filter
Additional Information
The rice is important for Southeast Asian civilization. A large part of the world's population lives in Southeast Asia and rice is the most important nutrient for this place. Almost in Southern Asia everywhere rice farming is done. Betta imbellis lives in the shallow waters of these rice paddies. The pH of these waters is too low. Betta imbellis male's vigorously defend its territory against other males. İmbellis'es lives with danios and rasboras in this rice paddies. Imbellis males make nest from bubble around salvinia and lemna minor and make brilliant colors with females. Neocaridia and gammarus are invertebrates living here. Imbellis'es are fed by hunting them and mosquito breeds.
Shallow and cloudy waters of rice fields at the edge of the Krabi river / Southern Thailand
Oryza sativa, Salvinia natans, Hydrocotyle sp.
Betta imbellis, Neocaridia sp., Gammarus sp., Lymnaea stagnalis
I used peat for substrat. I used mangrove wood for hardscape.