#49: 76L Biotope/Natural Aquaria Sri-Lanka Highland Stream Biotope.

Phil Edwards Charlotte, United States

Awards and Comments

Second Place
The cork bark and algae create a very natural-looking setting. I don't believe that either otocinclus affinis or caridina japonica would be found in a Ceylon stream.
— Roger Miller
Very natural looking tank! Left side rock too soft
edged. Or is it a big root? Hope you can keep on controlling the nice algae growth.
— Detlef Hupfeld
A very nice and simple tank which does a good job of representing the stated area. The larger leaves of the C. walkeri show very nice dark green and brown color and the C. parva's bright green color nicely contrasts.

I'd like to see another variety or two of Crypts in there but then I often find myself with too many different plants in the tank.
— Chuck Gadd

Aquascape Details

Dimensions 61 × 30 × 46 cm
Title Sri-Lanka Highland Stream Biotope.
Volume 76L
Background Corkbark board and Corkbark
Lighting 36w Compact Flourescent 10hrs/day
Filtration Reverse Undergravel Filter with an additional powerhead for circulation.
Plants Cryptocoryne walkeri;
Cryptocoryne parva

Animals Cherry Barbs (Barbus titteya);
Banded Mountain Loaches (Acanthocobitis urophthalmus);
Ottocinclus (Ottocinclus affinis);
Amano Shrimp (Caridina japonica);
Materials 90%/10% Flourite/Gravel mix;
2 pieces of root wood;
assorted river rocks
Additional Information This tank receives daily doses of PMDD; .5 ml KNO3 solution and .25 ml of trace element solution. I've got the filter setup to be continually amending the substrate with the wastes in the tank as well to provide the rich substrate which the crypts need.

This aquarium is a biotope of a highland tributary of the Mahaweli River near the city of Kandy, Sri Lanka. The effect I was trying to recreate was that of a shallow streamlet cutting through the rainforest. Fitting in with that theme I chose the Cherry Barbs and Mountain Loaches as they are both less obtrusive and more peaceful than the Black Ruby Barbs which are also native to that area.

The aquascape was designed to ultimately allow the large plants to grow up and shade the lower portions of the tank while giving room for the short plants to overgrow the substrate, especially the front/center portions. The two species are starting to blend boundaries very nicely at this point with runners poking up in sections previously established for/by the other species.

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