#626: 180L Biotope Aquascape Fallen Tree

Nuno Miguel Almeida Matos 2770-155, Portugal

Awards and Comments

Top Ten
Really beautiful tank but too "scaped" for a biotope tank.
— Karen Randall
This for me of the biotopes that might be less accurate but esthetics really give it extra points.

However in the decription it is already given away: the scalares deserve a larger tank. I am sure you can create the same (or better) on a bigger scale!
— Marco Aukes

Aquascape Details

Dimensions 90 × 45 × 45 cm
Title Fallen Tree
Volume 180L
Background Black Vinyl
Lighting 2x39W T5HO 1xRadium 6500k 1xSylvania Grolux 8500k
Filtration JBL e901 greenline
Plants Amazon Frogbit (Limnobium Laevigatum)
Animals 4- Pterophyllum Scalare sp. "Rio Nanay"
3- Apistogramma Allpahuayo sp. "Black Chin"
30- Nannostomus Marginatus
Materials 8L ADA Clorado Sand 5xHorn Wood Pieces
Additional Information The main intention of this layout was to give scale to the Scalare, while trying to create space for them and areas that could delimit territories, had to be something imposing and at the same time free space around for the fish to swim freely. I tried to create here a plausible situation that could recreate their natural habitat (Rio Nanay, drainage Peru), the idea was to imagine these wood pieces as a bit of tree that cracked and as fallen to the bottom of a riverbed, this creates a darker and more sinister scenario that works for me because of the size and gracefulness of this strain of Pterphyllum scalare sp. Rio Nanay. In the search of information I’ve found that it is very unlikely to find rocks and submersed water plants, only a clear sand river bed with large driftwood, some fallen tree leafs and dark waters. So I chose to use Horn Wood along with ADA Colorado sand. As for plants I chose to use Limnobium laevigatum as it’s an endemic plant found in almost all of this river system. Also there is a school of Nannostomus marginatus, as well as a fabulous trio of Apistogramma allpahuayo, found in some tributaries of this river in the Iquitos / Loreto area.

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