#756: 60L Biotope Aquascape: Backwater in the rainforest in the lower Ogun River in Nigeria
Kirillova Svetlana Viktorovna, Sankt-Peterburg Russia | E-mail: svk19 at yandex.ru
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Awards and Judge Comments

This tank really looks more like a stylized representation of what the maker would like to see in the wild. The chance to see this many species with diverse habitat needs in this cube of water is slight. the same is true for the plants. It's a very pretty tank, and one the maker should be proud of, but only JUST BARELY fits the definition of a biotope tank.

Karen Randall

I can tell you made some effort to combine plants and fish, that in some resources might consider them a biotope aquarium. Unfortunately, the lily and killifish don't inhabit the faster flowing streams the Anubias, Bolbitis, and Pelvicachromis do. It's a really pretty aquarium though. If you're looking improve your biotope making skills, keep researching until you find resources that are more accurate and give good information.

Phil Edwards

Aquascape Details

Tank Size
57 x 30 x 36 cm (22 x 12 x 14 in)
60L (16 gallons)
stone imitation background
T8 15W
Dennerle Nano CornerFilter XL
Additional Information
Ogun River empties into the Gulf of Guinea to the south-west from Nigeria. In the area of tropical rain forests, as we move towards the mouth, it absorbs forest streams and channels, forms a secluded backwaters, home to many species of fish. Seasonal flooding during the summer rains softens the water of the river basin, and pH also shifts to the acid, being a signal for the fish to spawn. The water temperature in the ever-shaded waters of tropical forests is often low (22-25°C). In slowly flowing streams and backwaters there are aquatic plants, ready to settle for a relatively small amount of light, among the roots of trees near the shore dwarf cichlids and non-seasonal killifish hide, under the leaves of water lilies there are Pantodons.
Backwater in the rainforest in the lower Ogun River in Nigeria
Anubias barteri var. nana, Bolbitis heudelotii, Nymphaea micrantha
Chromaphyosemion bitaeniatum 10, Pantodon buchholzi 2, Pelvicachromis pulcher 2
small river pebbles, stones, pine roots