#760: 20L Biotope Aquascape: North Eastern Taiwan Mountain Stream Biotope
James Sheen, Southampton Hampshire United Kingdom
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Awards and Judge Comments

I am glad that you put such effort into learning about your biotope. Unfortunately, a tall tank isn't the best for depicting a section of a stream. And the little moss tops are too fresh and new looking.

Karen Randall

I can tell you put some thought into the animal species in this aquarium. The newness of the moss and general lack of impression of a true stream bed reduces the overall score. Try looking up pictures of stream bed rock and sediment arrangement for next time. Keep it up!

Phil Edwards

Aquascape Details

Tank Size
20 x 20 x 30 cm (7.9 x 7.9 x 12 in)
Volume
20L (5 gallons)
Background
No background
Lighting
Dennerle nano style 3W LED. Vivid light - 6500K, with shimmering effect
Filtration
Dennerle Corner Filter 150 l/h
Additional Information
The exact location of my chosen biotope is 25.0556484, 121.9122744 Shi-Ding River Gongliao District. New Taipei City Taiwan This stream has trees along it's bank, one of which is the Eriobotrya japonica or Loquat Tree so I have used Loquat Leaves to recreate the leaf litter that would be found settled behind the larger stones or out of the main flow of the stream.
Title
North Eastern Taiwan Mountain Stream Biotope
Plants
Taiwan Moss - Taxiphyllum alternans
Fish/Animals
Blue Neon Goby - Stiphodon atropurpureus X 2 Amano Shrimp - Caridina multidentata X 2 Malaysian Trumpet Snail - Melanoides tuberculata X 4
Materials
Sand and small natural gravel mix to recreate the substrate in the mountain streams. I added some smooth round cobble stones keeping in with what is found in this particular biotope. To create that more natural feel I added a few random smooth stones to break up the cobbles and the sand/gravel mix. All the stones would be smooth in the wild due to the streams flow.