#134: 208L Biotope Aquascape Sid Sanctuary

Kirsten Eidsmoe Atlanta, GA, United States


Phew I'm glad I'm not actually scoring the biotopes this year! This tank's really come a long way since I saw it this time last year. I know you've taken the time to carefully research this particular aquarium and it shows. While the Eco-Complete is the better choice for maintaining a subdued environment with a substrate that's gentle on your Sid's barbels it's unnatural. Covering it up with leaves for the photo shoot would help create a more natural impression.
— Phil Edwards
While the Cryptocoryne and Hygrophila are plausible in the same areas you would not find Microsorum growing like this. While we often place it on driftwood in aquariums in nature it is found firmly anchored among rocks in the spray zone of waterfalls or seasonally flooded areas.
— Karen Randall
Nice biotope that is pretty close to representing the biotope of a sidthimunki habitat. I would cover up the gravel with some more natural gravel as it feels somewhat contrived.
— Bailin Shaw

Aquascape Details

Dimensions 122 × 33 × 51 cm
Title Sid Sanctuary
Volume 208L
Lighting 130 Watts, Compact Fluorescent
Filtration Eheim Classic 2215, Rena SmartFilter 30
Plants Cryptocoryne crispatula 'Balansae', Cryptocoryne parva, Hygrophila corymbosa 'Angustifolia', Microsorum pteropus.
Animals 12 Yasuhikotakia sidthimunki, 25 Trigonostigma espei, 1 Danio kyathit (lone survivor of a previous school)
Materials Eco-Complete substrate, driftwood of various types

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