#764: 473L Biotope Aquascape Near a Bank in the Middle Rio Negro

Richard E. Schram, Jr Mount Prospect, United States

Awards and Comments

Top Ten
Really well designed and thought-out. Clearly not just another aquascape!
— Karen Randall
Good reconstruction of an Angel habitat during low water.
— Phil Edwards
Having seen some recent videos of the Scalare habitat, this is a very good representation of a flood forest habitat for the angelfish. Good job!
— Bailin Shaw

Aquascape Details

Dimensions 72 × 18 × 24 cm
Title Near a Bank in the Middle Rio Negro
Volume 473L
Background A translucent window film was placed over the back glass. Some driftwood was hung behind the glass to give the appearance of a murky depth.
Lighting 3 floodlights hang 2 feet above the aquarium with 5000K Par38 bulbs.
Filtration Eheim Classic
Plants No plants are rooted in the water. There are Spathiphyllum sp. and Echinodorus cordifolius plants above the tank with roots and some some leaves (visible in the photo) extending down into the tank
Animals 5 P. scalare, and some Ancistrus sp.
Materials Multiple types of hardwood driftwood were put down vertically into the tank to simulate roots of trees and broken branches caught in the tangle. Dried leaves and seed pods were placed on top of a white sand substrate. Natural tannins from these materials creates tea-stained water for a blackwater environment.
Additional Information I created a laminar flow in this aquarium using a design from Oliver Lucanus. I built a platform that is 66" long, 18" wide, and raised 3" high. Then I put a wall about 2" high around the top of the platform. Approximately an inch of sand was placed inside. I then used a Panta Rei Hydrowizard ECM42 pump below the platform. This pushes water from left to right below the platform. The water then goes above the platform traveling from right to left in the tank creating a natural river-like laminar flow for the fish before it circulates down below the platform again. The pump is set to a medium level providing a gentle but noticeable flow in the tank.

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