#493: 182L Biotope Aquascape: Rio Shanushi tributary near Yurimaguas, Peru
Ivan Frank, Zagreb Grad Zagreb Croatia
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The black water look is nice, but the oak leaves are not correct. While it would be too much to expect species-correct leaf litter, something that is a more likely found leaf shape would look better. Both beech leaves and almond leaves are easily available in the hobby, and would have been more natural looking. While you could certainly find places where the branches hung in the water in a chaotic manner like this, remember that this IS an "aquascaping" contest, and as such, we want our tanks to be attractive as well as correct to the biotope. A little work arranging the branches so the shapes looked like they were coming all from one bank would have been much more attractive, while just as "correct".

Karen Randall

The tank looks nice in general, but the wood looks still to clean and is a bit to much (also with this amount of leafs).

Marco Aukes

Great little habitat tank for some of my favorite Apistogrammas. Although I like the use of the oak leaves and it may be what you had to work with, it isn't found in the A. baenschi habitat. Allowing the leaves to deteriorate some would have make this tank much more striking. Well done!

Bailin Shaw

Aquascape Details

Tank Size
90 x 45 x 45 cm (35 x 18 x 18 in)
182L (48 gallons)
Black papier
Led light : 10x 3w 6500k ,10x 3w 3000k
Haqos 1200 external filter
Rio Shanushi tributary near Yurimaguas, Peru
Lemna minor, Pistia stratiotes
2x Apistogramma baenschi(m&f), 30+ Apistogramma baenschi fry 15x Nannostomus trifasciatus
Substrat is river sand 0,2-0,6mm. Wood is oak, rose and plum roots and branches. Oak leafs are also used to provide more natural look of Apistogramma natural habitat.