#341: 323L Biotope Aquascape Cuitzeo lake rock zone riverside, Ejido las Trojes, Michoacan, Mexico

Ramiro Linares Michoacan, Mexico


General Impression/Faithful reproduction of Biotope:
This is a beautiful biotope that is a good example of capturing the correct scale in the aquarium. It looks like the tank was set into the lake and encompasses what fit in the tank. The only criticism is that an invasive species was used and some other species were not identified.

Accuracy of Plants and Animals for Biotope:
PlantsBacopa monnieri - good
Eichhornia crassipes - invasive
Eleocharis montevidensis - good
Lemna sp. - good
Xenotoca variata - good
Poeciliopsis infans - good
Physella acuta - borderline... depends upon whether one accepts a synonym in the literature. If not P. acuta is an European species.
Planorbidae sp. - HUGE family... which snail is this? There could be invasives.
Daphnia sp. - which one? There are also invasives...

I did not deduct points for not having some species that could be there but it would have been very interesting to include some of the clam shrimps that the lake is known for or the Zoogeneticus sp. also found in that lake.

Accuracy of Hardscape:
Materials are all good and the layout is excellent.

All of the plants and animals appear to be thriving.
— Ted Judy

Aquascape Details

Dimensions 120 × 60 × 45 cm
Title Cuitzeo lake rock zone riverside, Ejido las Trojes, Michoacan, Mexico
Volume 323L
Background Not used
Lighting The lighting consists of 3 IUSA brand reflectors of 4500 lumens each at a temperature of 6500° K.
Filtration Basket filter BOYU EF45, with flow capacity of 1100 liters / hour, it uses 3 different thicknesses of sponge as Azoo mechanical filter and 2 liters of Matrix Seachem brand for the filter biological
Plants Bacopa monnieri, Eichhornia crassipes, Eleocharis montevidensis, and Lemna sp.
Animals Xenotoca variata, Poeciliopsis infans, Physella acuta, Planorbidae sp. and Daphnia sp.
Materials Through red volcanic rock with rounded edges, natural substrate mixture of sand and mud, leaves, seeds, some fallen branches and driftwood (all this extracted from the habitat of areas where the environmental impact was minimal) The recreation of rock zone the lake shore was carried
Additional Information Partial changes of 30% are made every 15 days.

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