#727: 345L Biotope Aquascape Bank of Las Torres stream, Bolivia

Kamil Hazy Poznan, Poland


There not not enough information about the biotope location to be able to accurately and completely research and judge the entry. Please include at least the name of the river system. Coordinates would also be useful when the location is a specific place.

General Impression/Faithful Reproduction of Biotope:
This aquarium/paludarium is a beautiful display but it also most too perfectly balanced and scaped to mirror a natural habitat. The use of empty space is a useful tool in aquascaping but not something that is seen in small spaces in nature. If a glass box of this size were set down in the habitat would all the elements included in the display have been captured in the space? Probably not... this tank suffers from a lack of scale. Too much is too small a space to be natural.

Accuracy of Plants and Animals for Biotope:
Lilaeopsis brasiliensis no listed occurrences in Bolivia (https://www.gbif.org/)
Hydrocotyle leucocephala - there are occurrences in Bolivia but very few... possible introductions?
Spathiphyllum sp. - natural distribution of the genus is outside of Bolivia
Aphyocharax rathbuni - Rio Paraguay system
Hyphessobrycon herbertaxelrodi - Rio Paraguay system
Corydoras sterbai - Rio Itenez/Guapore system
Otocinclus sp. - which species?
Apistogramma trifasciata - widespread in Bolivia river systems
Without more information about the actual location it is impossible to judge accuracy of species. However some of the species included are from different areas from each other so they would not be found in the same biotope.

Accuracy of Hardscape
See comments about layout above. Without more information about the location of the biotope is it impossible to assess the accuracy of the hardscape materials.

The display is beautiful and the livestock in excellent condition.
— Ted Judy
This just appears rather too well "groomed" for a biotope tank although it is a lovely regional display tank!
— Karen Randall

Aquascape Details

Dimensions 180 × 60 × 32 cm
Title Bank of Las Torres stream, Bolivia
Volume 345L
Background Mist foil
Lighting 2x Sanrise f002 LED lamp, 90cm, 48W each; 11x Ikea Jansjo LED lights
Filtration Fluval 307, Eheim 2228, Rossmont Mover M4200
Plants Lilaeopsis brasiliensis, Hydrocotyle leucocephala, Spathiphyllum sp.
Animals Aphyocharax rathbuni 40x, Hyphessobrycon herbertaxelrodi 20x, Corydoras sterbai 15x, Otocinclus sp. 10x, Apistogramma trifasciata 3x
Materials Substrate: sand, gravel, peat
Hardscape: driftwood, roundish rocks

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