Backwater in the forest of Sri Lanka, 140 l

The 37th place in the qualifying stage of the Biotope Aquarium Design Contest 2013

russian_federation Russia. Mikhail Golomysov

Volume: 140 L
List of fishes: Puntius nigrofasciatus, Puntius titteya, Puntius ticto, Puntius conchonius
List of plants: Bacopa monnieri, Cryptocoryne wendtii sp., Cryptocoryne beckettii, Limnophila sessiliflora, Nymphaea lotus, Rotala rotundifolia, Vesicularia dubyana
Biotope description: It is a biotope with barbs that inhabit fresh waters of Sri Lanka and southern India. Despite the bright tropical sun, many streams and backwaters of the island of Sri Lanka are shaded by forest vegetation and rich swamp flora, e.g. Cryptocorynes. In these shady cool waters endemic barbs found their niche, some are well known among aquarists, such as P. nigrofasciatus and P. titteya.

Quite a work in decorating this biotope, but with wrong fish species (except 2), and so some plants, which cannot be found in Sri Lanka (i.e. C. wendtii). Try to study next time a more precise location is my advice.

Heiko Bleher (Italy)

Another tank which was difficult for me to judge. On one hand, a very nice classic planted tank, on the other hand – not very similar to any actual underwater biotope…

Piotr Kierzkowski (Poland)