#649: 91.1L Biotope Aquascape Igarapé of the Amazon's Rio Negro: Light Streaming Through

Kazuya Watanabe Tokyo, Japan


I actually really liked the design of this display and the use of lighting. I could recognise the root-riddled bank with Eichhornia that I have also encountered in Neotropical streams. Sadly the inclusion of the Achirus errans specimen a fish which grows to at least 12cm and which requires despite its sedentary nature a larger tank (especially in terms of substrate area) than is used here meant that I could not endorse the display with a higher score. Additionally the inclusion of Rummynose tetras another species which requires considerable swimming room and should be kept in numbers was also out of step with the size of tank used. Finally the 'Red tipped Bleeding Heart tetra' likely Hyphessobrycon pyrrhonotus definitely requires a larger tank as it matures and even the Cardinal tetras would eventually need a larger display and so are not suitable long term. This means that the display is a missed opportunity; composition design mood and authenticity of the scene and materials is great but the fish choices are not appropriate. At the end of the day animal husbandry ethics are crucial and must be maintained.
— Tai Strietman

Aquascape Details

Dimensions 45 × 45 × 45 cm
Title Igarapé of the Amazon's Rio Negro: Light Streaming Through
Volume 91.1L
Background green film
Lighting LED 8 hours lighting
Filtration External filter EHEIM Classic 2213
Plants Eichhornia sp.
Staurogyne sp. ‘from Amazon’
Animals Red Tipped Bleeding Heart Tetra
Achirus errans
Cardinal tetra
Firehead tetra
Materials Driftwood

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