#198: 74L Biotope Aquascape Summer in Ticino River - Aquatic plants, the cradle of new life

Andrea Perotti Somma Lombardo, Italy

Awards and Comments

Second Place
Very natural biotope tank best you still applied some aquascaping principles to balance out the mound with the group of Egeria. Nice job!
— Kris Weinhold
I like the fact that you have collected your materials directly from the biotope that you have represented. It definitely has a "river bank feel"
— Karen Randall
You've certainly put a lot of effort into collecting habitat-appropriate species. Kudos to you for that! The aquascape design appears less-than-natural though. If the design had more accurately reflected natural plant grouping and hardscape arrangement this entry would have scored much higher. It's a beautiful aquarium though and you should be proud of it.
— Phil Edwards

Aquascape Details

Dimensions 77 × 32 × 30 cm
Title Summer in Ticino River - Aquatic plants, the cradle of new life
Volume 74L
Background None
Lighting 1 neon T8 18 watt Philips 840
Filtration 2 internal filters (PRODAC + Hydor) with sponge
Plants Lagarosiphon major, Vallisneria spiralis, Egeria densa, Fontinalis sp., Potamogeton perfoliatus, Ranunculus penicillatus, Potamogeton pectinatus, Myriophyllum spicatum
Animals About 15 young Squalius cephalus (all fry)
- 5 young Scardinius erythrophthalmus (all fry)
- Many small invertebrates: Bithynia tantaculata, Physella acuta, Gyraulus acronicus, Potamopyrgus antipodarum, Lymnaea auricularia, Theodoxus fluviatilis, Viviparus viviparus, Dreissena polymorpha, Unio pictorum, Corbicula fluminea, Corbicula fluminalis
- Larvae of Potamophylax sp.
Materials Substrate: PRODAC Fertil Plant + gravel and sand caught in the river Ticino
- Rocks: caught in the river Ticino
- Driftwood: caught in the river Ticino
- Dead leaves: caught in the river Ticino
Additional Information Fertilization: PRODAC Nutron Flora
- Water: all caught in the river Ticino (also that of water changes)

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