#488: 260L Biotope Aquascape Lion’s cove

Roberto Repetto Ovada, Italy


General Impression/Faithful Reproduction of Biotope:
Unfortunately this aquarium does not look a lot like Lion's Cove in Lake Malawi. Here is a great resource when researching habitats and locations in Lake Malawi: http://www.malawi.si/Locations/slides/Lion%27s%20Cove.html The artificial background in the aquarium could represent the vertical face of a large rock along the shore but the slate used in the bottom is not like the rocks in Lion's Cove. Two of the species are found in that location and two are not. I do like the fish density in the display.... that is very realistic.

Accuracy of Plants and Animals for Biotope:
Mphanga and Boadzulu are not part of Lion's Cove so those variants of those species would not be found with L. caeruleus or with P. sp. 'Polit' from that region.

Accuracy of Hardscape:
See comments at the top.

Overall the aquarium looks to be in great condition and the fish healthy.
— Ted Judy

Aquascape Details

Dimensions 120 × 46 × 64 cm
Title Lion’s cove
Volume 260L
Background Juwel rocky background
Lighting Neon 120cm (2x 38W T8 | 1047mm)
Filtration Juwel bioflow large modified with media siporax (2 litres)
Plants No plants
Animals Labidochromis caeruleus Lion’s cove (4), Pseudotropheus polit lion’s cove (2), Pseudotropheus Elongatus Mpanga (3), TROPHEOPS SP.ELONGATUS BOADZULU (2)
Materials White sand, limestone and slate rocks
Additional Information The aquarium was set up based on Lion’s Cove - Lake Malawi biotope, Africa. I tried to replicate, as natural as I could, the zone where the open sand, meets the rocky shores

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