#508: 42L Biotope Aquascape Small stream in Choctaw National Wildlife Refuge, Alabama, USA

Dominik Woroch Poznań, Poland

Comments

This is a nice and faithfully reproduced biotope tank. I think it would have been more effective if you had used a tank with a more traditional dimensions than this cube style tank.
— Karen Randall
This looks like habitats I've seen all over the Southern US and could very well represent habitats in lower Alabama. The wide variety of plants, questionable moss, and visible filter all detract from the general impression. If you do native collecting again, try getting measurements of the aquarium's actual footprint area and only take what plants and substrate/hardscape materials are in that. Keep trying! Biotopes are a lot more difficult to pull off well than most people think.
— Phil Edwards

Aquascape Details

Dimensions 35 × 35 × 35 cm
Title Small stream in Choctaw National Wildlife Refuge, Alabama, USA
Volume 42L
Background Black Vinyl
Lighting 12W Led
Filtration Aquael Minikani 80
Plants Ceratophyllum demersum, Hydrocotyle leucocephala, Vallisneria sp., Taxiphyllum sp., Lemna minor
Animals Cambarellus diminutus, Heterandria formosa
Materials Gravel, roots, branches, leaves, sand
Additional Information The aquarium is set up as a small stream in Choctaw National Wildlife Refuge. CNWR is located in southwest Alabama along the Tombigbee River. The primary purpose of the refuge

is to provide wood duck brood habitat and serve as a protected wintering area for waterfowl. Up to 200 broods of wood ducks are produced anually in the refuge's artificial

nest boxes, and wintering waterfowl numbers can exceed 10,000. Small stream in this region mostly had weak current. A lot of nutrition are good conditions for successful

living of various species of plants. In the bottom of the stream we can found a lot fallen leaves, sticks and roots. Among the leaves and vegetation there are representatives

of the smallest live-bearing fish: Heterandria formosa and crayfist Cambarellus diminutus.

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