#754: 170L Biotope Aquascape: Flooded forest in the bend of Rio Tapajos
Kirillova Svetlana Viktorovna, Sankt-Peterburg Russia | E-mail: svk19 at yandex.ru
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Awards and Judge Comments

I really like your interpretation of the biotope at a specific time of year. It is absolutely accurate that, at tomes, angels (and other fish) can be found "flying through the trees"!

Karen Randall

Aquascape Details

Tank Size
83 x 45 x 55 cm (33 x 18 x 22 in)
Volume
170L (45 gallons)
Background
Dark blue background
Lighting
4х25 Watt (Т8): JBL SOLAR NATUR - 2, JBL SOLAR COLOR - 1, JBL SOLAR TROPIC - 1
Filtration
JBL CristalProfi e900
Additional Information
Tapajos River flows through Brazil and is a right tributary of the Amazon River. Like other rivers of the Amazon region, it takes water from rains and during the flood period (November to March) the water level in the river rises up to 7-8 meters, flooding forests on its banks. Surprisingly, the trees, staying under water for several months, do not die, in fact their diversity on the flooded areas of the forest are higher. During the flood the living space of fishes significantly expands, some species move into the flooded forest area for breeding. The water tn the river is soft (total hardness is 0,31-0,82 dH), slightly acidic (pH 6,4-6,65), clear, has a slightly dark or greenish stain, so Tapajos commonly referred to as clearwater river. On the aea of the flooded forest there are no proper aquatic plants, except accidentally brought floating plants, the earth covered with a layer of leaves, and fish glide among trees in search of food and places for spawning. Branches with green leaves were placed in the aquarium the day before taking photo.
Title
Flooded forest in the bend of Rio Tapajos
Plants
Limnobium laevigatum
Fish/Animals
Pterophyllum scalare 7 pcs., Mesonauta festivus 1 pcs., Hemigrammus ocellifer 15 pcs.
Materials
Dark aquarium soil, light sand, black lava, boiled fallen leaves of trees, thin trunks of mountain ash, cherry branches with green leaves