#214: 284L Biotope Aquascape Amazon Reef

Steven Waldron Seattle, United States


This is an attractive tank but it is not a biotope. Never in nature do you find a "plant arrangement" like this and the fish and plants come from From 3 different continents.
— Karen Randall
This is a stunning tank and I like your creative thought in creating a "reef" out of a planted environment. With the addition of plants from Asia and Africa this would have been better entered into an Aquatic Garden category.
— Phil Edwards

Aquascape Details

Dimensions 122 × 52 × 47 cm
Title Amazon Reef
Volume 284L
Background none
Lighting Two 24 watt LED strips, Two pendant 15 watt PAR 30 LED
Filtration Two Eheim 2217 classic canister filters
Plants Microsorum pteropus "Windelov", "Trident" and "Narrow Leaf; Bolbitis heudelotii; Philodendron species
Animals 3 Ancistrus sp. "Calico"; 10 Apistogramma barlowi; 6 Apistogramma hongsloi; 1 Apistogrammoides pucallpaensis; 6 Aspidoras sp. "Araguaia"; 2 Geophagus sp. "Pindare"; 8 G. sp. "Red Head Tapajos"; 18 Hyphessobrycon erythrostigma; 3 Megalechis picta; 1 Nerite snail
Materials River sand; ADA Branchwood; ADA Hornwood; locally-collected lava stone
Additional Information To control algae and create a nitrate sink for the high bio-load of this tank I used a raft of hydroponically grown Philodendron to act as a "nutrient sponge".

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