Biotope Aquascape

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There are some really fantastic biotope tanks this year, and many others that were nearly as nice. Those of you in either of these groups should be congratulated for your efforts! However, I am quite disappointed that over 20% of the entries in this category do not belong here at all. Some have nice "stories" about biotopes, but then the tank does not follow through with the maker's biotope description. If you include plants that are clearly not native to the region of your "biotope", it is NOT a biotope. Likewise, if you use a man-made color morph of an animal, it is not a biotope, as these animals are never found in nature.
— Karen Randall
I'd like to second what Karen said. There are some fantastic entries and some "Just about there" entries. Those of you in these groups; keep up the good work. Biotope aquariums require a lot of research and careful planning. They're not easy! Unfortunately, there were many entries which were/are completely unsuited for this category. Being a Nature Aquarium, in the style of ADA, does not mean Biotope. Neither does using artificial color morphs of animals or plants that would not be found in the wild. Only wild-type species are acceptable for biotopes. Please take the time to read the guidelines for this category and do some research prior to entering next year.
— Phil Edwards
First Place
#634
Submerged Melaleuca Forest in Vietnam
Tran Hoang Nghia
Vietnam
Second Place
#417
Habitat Profundulus mixtlanensis, a pool of the stream El Rosario, Oaxaca
Victor Manuel Ortiz Cruz
Mexico
Third Place
#726
A lagoon in the Valley of Silence: A refuge for the Mexcalpique (Girardinichthys sp.); Ocoyoacac, State of Mexico, Mexico.
Amadeo Hernández Pérez
Mexico
Top Ten
#750
Small pool in São Domingo River basin, Brazil
Kirillova Svetlana Viktorovna
Russian Federation
Top Ten
#659
Lake Amatitlan Near Guetemala Eastern Coast Of Central America
Bilal Taha Taşdelen
Turkey
Top Ten
#420
The arrival of the sunset in the "Río Pancho Poza", Altotonga, Veracruz, México
Victor Manuel Ortiz Cruz
Mexico
Top Ten
#435
L'arize at Rieux-Volvestre South West France
Gabriel Mounichy
France
Top Ten
#764
Near a Bank in the Middle Rio Negro
Richard E. Schram, Jr
United States
Top Ten
#665
Likoma Island’s rocky areas, near Chizulumu lsland, Southeast of Lake Malawi, Mozambique waters
Mert Aykuta
Turkey
Top Ten
#441
Upper Bladen River, Belize
Lee Nuttall
United Kingdom
#760
North Eastern Taiwan Mountain Stream Biotope
James Sheen
United Kingdom
#737
belilik river
Anggyansyah
Indonesia
#728
Slow stream backwater on Hainan
Sporsheva Angelina
Russian Federation
#612
Small natural lake near Vinnytsia city, Ukraine
Valeriy Shylenko
Ukraine
#508
Small stream in Choctaw National Wildlife Refuge, Alabama, USA
Dominik Woroch
Poland
#703
Fast-flowing mountain stream in Guangzhou province, south-eastern Chin
VARVARA KOZMENKO ALEKSANDROVNA
Russian Federation
#507
Flooded forest near upper Rio Orinoco, Colombia, South America
Dominik Woroch
Poland
#641
Slice of Natue
Ashutosh Ahire
India
#699
A small pond in the Leningrad region, the village Ozereshno
VARVARA KOZMENKO ALEKSANDROVNA
Russian Federation
#756
Backwater in the rainforest in the lower Ogun River in Nigeria
Kirillova Svetlana Viktorovna
Russian Federation
#498
Atzala river in its course by Paintla de los Reyes, Taxco. Guerrero, Mexico.
Amadeo Hernández Pérez
Mexico
#673
Niger River, West of Nigeria Port Harcourt Lower Niger
Mert Aykuta
Turkey
#429
Stream El Arco, sub-basin San Lucas, Basin Atoyac, Oaxaca, Mexico
Victor Manuel Ortiz Cruz