#222: 87L Biotope Aquascape Shallow-swamp places of Işıklı Lake. Denizli - Turkey.

Mert Yılmaz İzmir, Turkey


General Impression/Faithful Reproduction of Biotope:
This biotope is a very good example of presenting the location in the correct scale. I can imaging this glass box being set on the bottom of the lake and capturing exactly what can be seen. The only deductions are for using plants that are not identified exactly so I cannot determine if they are invasive for not.

Accuracy of Plants and Animals for Biotope:
Deduction for same reason as stated above. Without a correct and complete identification it is impossible to judge accuracy. Since everything was collected in the lake there is no doubt that it is all found there.

Accuracy of Hardscape:
Are the stones collected in the lake or in a creek that feeds into the lake? If the rocks were not collected in the location that the fish and plants were collected are you sure that the same types of rocks are found in that place?

The water could be more clear and photographs in better focus and resolution which help to assess the health of the livestock. The tank looks and feels very natural.
— Ted Judy

Aquascape Details

Dimensions 50 × 50 × 35 cm
Title Shallow-swamp places of Işıklı Lake. Denizli - Turkey.
Volume 87L
Background black paper
Lighting Projector led 6500k 20W for 6-8 hours
Filtration Hanging on filter
Plants Ceratophyllum demersum, Vallisneria sp, Lemna minor, Unknown moss specie, filamentosus algae (All plants were came from lake directly)
Animals Anatolichthys (Aphanius) maeandricus, Physa sp, Planorbis sp, Melanoides sp
(they were came from lake directly)
Materials I'm using silica sand and gravel. I places rocks gathered from creek. Sediment and tiny branches make up the substrate. I make sure that the material I use is the same as in habitat. Over time, when the bottom were covered with filamentous algae, it resembled the habitat of Anatolichthys (Aphanius) maeandricus.
Additional Information It is a tectonic processing lake located in the upper basin of the Büyük Menderes River. It is an important wetland that feeds the Büyük Menderes River together with Gökgöl, which is the connection to Işıklı Lake. The average altitude of Işık Lake is 818 meters. The surface area of the lake, whose deepest place is 7 meters, is 73 km². However, in the lake, rain and heat may cause what appears in the lake in the lake.
The feeding of Işıklı Akgöz resources, contributes 23% to the nutrition of Işıklı Lake. There are reed and similar amphibious marsh plants in the Işık Lake and Gökgöl lake marshes.

Işıklı Lake has intensive vegetation. While there are terrestrial and amphibian reed types in the coastal areas, Potamogeton and water lily species are found in the inner parts. Apart from its flora, it has a rocky ground. Due to the trees in certain places, broken branches are also encountered under water. There is a mixture of silica and gravel sand. Anatolichthys (Aphanius) maeandricus, the host of this biotope, lives in the shallow, swamp and vegetation regions of Lake Işıklı. There are dense filamentous algae in these areas. Aphanius meandricus also acquires regions on these algae and realizes its breeding.

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