#81: 330L Biotope Aquascape Undeep water biotope Lake Tanganyika

Thijs Janzen Groningen, Netherlands


Two enties from the same contestant. But this clearly is the best of the two with a more natural feeling.

But the same mistake as in the other one: please make sure your hardware is not visible because in a biotope tank this is even more disturbing than in any other category.
— Marco Aukes
The poor health of the plants detract from an otherwise excellent biotope. It would have been better to not use the plants in this case.
— Bailin Shaw

Aquascape Details

Dimensions 135 × 50 × 50 cm
Title Undeep water biotope Lake Tanganyika
Volume 330L
Background Selfmade background, consisting of styrofoam, cement, sand and epoxy
Lighting 2x 30 Watt LED Floodlight
Filtration Eheim 2078
Superfish Aqua-pro 2
Plants Vallisneria spiralis
Animals 1m/3f Tropheus duboisi + juveniles
9 Eretmodus cyanostictus
4m/1f Telmatochromis vittatus
6 Synodontis lucipinnis
Materials I only used rocks, type Grauwacke
Additional Information I have one circulatium pump added for additive water circulation, a Reef Circulator (2600 l/h.

The composition of species and composition of the rocks is modelled after the shallow water biotope of Lake Tanganyika (5 meters deep and shallower), where the waves crash on the shore and water movement is plenty. in this habitat we primarily find Eretmodus cyanostictus, and also Tropheus.
In order to distribute the aggression across the Eretmodus and Tropheus, I have tried to use many, many different sized rocks in order to shape holes and crevices for individuals to hide.
The vallisneria unfortunately does not flourish well, also due to the Tropheus picking it.

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