#762: 144L Biotope Aquascape: Rio Ucayali (Peru)
Flavio Henard Jorge de Freitas, Rio de Janeiro Rio de Janeiro Brazil | E-mail: henardj at gmail.com | Aquascaper Website
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Awards and Judge Comments

It's clear you did some research into making this biotope. The fish certainly seem accurate to the general location and habitat. The number of different species in the tank detracts somewhat from the overall feeling of the design. In general, it's better to use more of fewer species, than a few of more species in a biotope.

Phil Edwards

Well designed biotope, although the water is more stained based on information provided on the habitat.

Bailin Shaw

Aquascape Details

Tank Size
80 x 45 x 40 cm (31 x 18 x 16 in)
Volume
144L (38 gallons)
Background
Black paper
Lighting
70W LED
Filtration
Eheim Ecco Pro 550 L/H
Additional Information
This biotope was developed from the study of P. innesi. The focus would be P.innesi, but the enchantment with the other species of the Ucayali River was instantaneous. It took me quite a while to find accurate information and I got through a friend (John Edward). I understood in this study that for a faithful reproduction of a biotope it is necessary to have the local species. I broke this paradigm of my mind. Biotope reproduced with the similar physical chemical characteristics of the water of the Ucayali River: - Slightly acidic water (pH - 6.4) - Soil covered with dry leaves with physical characteristics equal to the local and trunks that release their tannins and humic acids, leaving the water color moderately brown. - Temperature of 26 ° C - Soft water (kH - 1) - Soil of light and fine sand but covered with sticks, dry leaves. Below are the links that supported me to reproduce this biotope: http://aquariuminspiration.blogspot.com.br/2015/02/rio-ucayali-biotope-peru.html?m=1 http://www.acquarioacquadolce.it/articoli/pesci_invertebrati/paracheirodon-innesi2015
Title
Rio Ucayali (Peru)
Plants
Limnobium variegatum
Fish/Animals
Paracheirodon innesi, Carnegiella strigata, Nannostomus trifasciatus, Apistogramma agassizii and Corydora trilineatus.
Materials
Trunks, driftwoods, sticks and dry leaves.