#66: 297L Biotope Aquascape Orinoco' s Beauty

Mustafa Erdogar Pendik, Turkey


I agree with your thoughts that a paludarium or paludarium-like arrangement works well with biotopes. The exposed hardware seriously detracts from the impression the images give. However when blocked out your setup does quite well at impersonating a shallow stream or forested depression where these fish might be found.
— Phil Edwards
Really pretty tank and reasonably representative of the biotope. I wish you had left the moss out of the submerged areas though. It's pretty but inaccurate.
— Karen Randall
A very good representation of the biotope. The moss does not fit into the biotope and detracts from a very nice biotope overall.
— Bailin Shaw

Aquascape Details

Dimensions 120 × 45 × 55 cm
Title Orinoco' s Beauty
Volume 297L
Background Black plastic sheet
Lighting 5*30 watt T8, Opens at 7:00 am to 8:00 pm; 13 hours daily.
And a small led kit (gives white light) for nights to simulate moonlight in tropicals.
Filtration External filter; 1200 lt/h
Plants Anthurium andreanum, Passiflora caerulea, Hydrocotyle sp. (not sure but possibly Hydrocotyle and possibly H.ranunculoides), Pistia stratiotes and mosses (don't know exact species but i know they aren't java moss; emersed ones have sporangiums)
Animals Corydoras habrosus, Paracheirodon axelrodi, Mikrogeophagus ramirezi, Otocinclus sp.
Materials sand, some gravel, driftwood and boiled dry oak tree leaves for aquatic area. cocopeat, driftwood and a dry branch for terrestrial area
Additional Information I tried to simulate a central Orinoco river biotope with this tank. I arranged the tank like a paludarium, thus, (i think) it seems more natural. Water height is 25 cm and net water volume is about 125 liters.

A mist maker works only mornings at 7:00 am to 10:00 am...

Humidity of terrestrial area is %75-85...

Water properties:
- Using %100 RO water with some conditioners which contain some trace elements, humic&fulvic acids, tannins and a bio colorant
- Water type: blackwater
- GH&KH: 1,5 dh...
pH: 5,8...
NO3: always under 5 mg/lt...
temperature: 26-28 celsius degrees...

No fertilization...
Water change %10 per week.

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