#577: 37.9L Biotope Aquascape Shallow of the Salobra River Delta, Pantanal Wetland, Brazil

Alexander Franqui East Greenwich, RI, United States


Your idea is interesting but the plants would be much more dense and the species are incorrect.
— Karen Randall
Good work with the composition in the foreground and middle ground. The impression is spoiled by the bright blue walls of the aquarium and the filter pipes are too conspicuous. It is difficult to say how typical for this biotope smooth stones of different shades.
— Yuriy Yancher

Aquascape Details

Dimensions 76 × 30 × 18 cm
Title Shallow of the Salobra River Delta, Pantanal Wetland, Brazil
Volume 37.9L
Lighting 2x Fluval Sky 2.0
Filtration Hydor Professional 250
Plants Myriophyllum aquaticum, Ludwigia inclinata. Nymphaea sp.
Animals Aphyocharax rathbuni, Hyphessobrycon eques, Hemigrammus neptunus,
Materials Various sticks and wood, Natural stone and gravel, Caribsea Sunset gold.
Additional Information This layout was inspired by the incredible footage filmed by Tai Strietman, and his travel through out the Pantanal wet lands of Brazil. The Pantanal is filled with amazing fish diversity found in incredible numbers in some cases, often found within dense fields of beautiful aquatic plants, assuming the water levels can sustain them. The goal was to capture just a small window of this view in a relatively small aquarium. More specifically, a shallow of the greater Salobra River delta.

In this shallow you won't find quite as many of the familiar species that are typically found schooling together in abundance, but instead small groups of stragglers that have build up the confidence to leave the cover of dense Myriophyllum and protection of the larger school. Here the sun is beating down on the nearly still water that will fluctuate day to day in depth. Because of the fluctuating water levels aquatic plants have begun to regrow, and in turn the fish move in to forage with in the newly flooded area, that will soon turn into another dense carpet of plants as water levels rise.

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