#699: 60L Biotope Aquascape: A small pond in the Leningrad region, the village Ozereshno
VARVARA KOZMENKO ALEKSANDROVNA, Saint-Petersburg Russia | E-mail: varvarakozmenko at yandex.ru
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Awards and Judge Comments

I LOVE this!!! (even with the creepy leeches!!!) After the contest, I would love to see you post the photos of the tank later, with the salamander larvae on the AGA FB page!!!

Karen Randall

Very cool biotope created for the newts, although I%u2019d caution against releasing livestock kept in tanks back into the wild. Well done.

Bailin Shaw

Aquascape Details

Tank Size
57 x 30 x 35 cm (22 x 12 x 14 in)
60L (16 gallons)
commercial foam structure
Additional Information
The basis for the creation of this aquarium was the pond in the village Ozereshno, Leningrad region. This small oval pond (5 meters long and 3 meters wide) has a maximum depth of 1.5 meters and in the winter freezes almost to the bottom. With the arrival of spring pond comes alive - grow aquatic plants, rocks covered with new moss, there are the first insects. Around the pond grow oaks, birch, larch, Apple tree. Beneath the lilies, buttercups, and other meadow plants. On the banks grow cowslip and chastuha in deep places, cattail, on the surface of the water floating duckweed. The bottom of the pond silt, clay and sand, in places abundantly overgrown with a key moss and covered with leaves growing near the pond trees. In the aquarium shows a biotope pond in the middle of June, when all its inhabitants are in it. On the bottom of the crawling leeches, newts will soon begin to get out on the land, the larvae of dragonflies are grown up and almost ready to transform into adult insects. No less interesting world of small pond: water donkeys, Cyclops, Daphnia. This aquarium, in addition to participating in the competition, was created to observe the mating of ordinary Triton students, biological group. After a week and a half newts were released back into natural body of water (leeches, and dragonfly larvae were released earlier). The aquarium continued its existence, and in August it was spotted larvae of the common newt, which, as they grow, was also released in natural habitat
A small pond in the Leningrad region, the village Ozereshno
Fontinalis antipyretica, Lemna minor, Caltha palustris, Alisma plantag
Lissotriton vulgaris, Asellus aquaticus, Haemopis sanguisuga, Aeschna grandis
sand substrate, moss and another plants.