#703: 50L Biotope Aquascape: Fast-flowing mountain stream in Guangzhou province, south-eastern Chin
VARVARA KOZMENKO ALEKSANDROVNA, Saint-Petersburg Russia | E-mail: varvarakozmenko at yandex.ru
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Awards and Judge Comments

Nice biotope, and I like the concept. The sand on the bottom is not right for the bottom of a fast flowing stream, however. The current would flatten out these "hills and valleys". More stones of varying sizes, especially some smaller ones, would have made your "stream bed" more believable.

Karen Randall

Excellent effort! My only complaint is the wood. One would not find thin branchy wood hanging from the surface of water in a fast flowing stream. It's much more likely to be caught on the rocks below.

Phil Edwards

Good representation of the habitat of the Tanichthys albonubes.

Bailin Shaw

Aquascape Details

Tank Size
50 x 40 x 30 cm (20 x 16 x 12 in)
50L (13 gallons)
Additional Information
This aquarium was designed to draw attention to endangered species of fish. People alter habitats for fish and other aquatic organisms, thereby destroying the species. Rapid mountain streams in the place where now stands the city Guanchzhou, were the original habitat of Tanichthys albonubes. At home, they were considered extinct but fortunately, a small number of them have been found in isolated areas of Guandong and on the island of Hanyang in China, as well as in the province of Quang Ninh in Vietnam. Chinese government takes steps to restore the population of Tanichthys albonubes in nature. Habitats of Tanichthys albonubes were only a shallow fast flowing streams with crystal clear water, rounded rocks and sandy bottom. There are often hanging roots and branches, but leaves do not stay in the creek due to rapid currents. There are lots of rounded stones here, overgrown with diatomic algae. There are almost no aquatic plants here. In nature Tanichthys albonubes feed on small crustaceans and small insects falling into the water. Now the fishes are actively bred by aquarists and it gives hope that the species will not be lost forever. Yet the problem of modern people is to prevent extinctions and possibly restore their population in the wild.
Fast-flowing mountain stream in Guangzhou province, south-eastern Chin
Tanichthys albonubes
rocks,sand subrsrate,birth roots