Blackwater Amazon river biotope

85th place in Biotope Aquarium Design Contest 2017

netherlands Netherlands. Ruben Kamphuis

Volume: 70 L
Dimensions: 60x30x40 cm
List of fishes: Nannostomus marginatus – 11, Mikrogeophagus ramirezi – 2
List of plants: Hydrocleys nymphoides, Echinodorus sp., Valnisineria sp., limnobium laevigatum
Description of decorations: I have used spider wood, and I have made that in the back ground. I have used 1 stone, and al lot of leaves and little pieces of wood. The left site is the shore, and the right side is open water.
Description of equipment: JBL cristalprofi e701, JMB SMD LED, with a TC-420
Water parameters: Temperature 25 degrees, ph 5, gh and kh lower than 1

Description of the area surrounding the biotope: In the amazon-river, is the water painted, and is is surrounded witht tropical rainforest.

Description of the underwater landscape of the biotope: In the river is sand, and many roots from the trees that stay along the river. There are many leaves at the bottem, sometimes a piece of wood or a stone on the bottom. The water flows slowly, in the side branch of the river. The water is black painted.

Description of the parameters of the habitat: The water is black, ph from 5, en de gh and kh lower than 1.

List of fishes: lot’s of cichlids like apistogramma’s, and nannostomus spieces, Paracheirodon spieces. Pterophyllum spieces, Symphysodon discus, and al lot more.

List of plants: Echinodorus, valnisineria, Hydrocleys nymphoides, ALTERNANTHERA, cabomba, Eichhornia crassipes, limnobium laevigatum

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Comments of the members of the jury of Biotope Aquarium Design Contest 2017

It is not possible to represent the entire Amazon River in a biotope aquarium. I recommend you to choose a specific location, first of all, reduced to for your biotope. If you do not specify a specific habitat for your biotope aquarium, it will be difficult enough to assess your aquarium for us. On the other hand, the general appearance does not look bad.

Mert Aykuta (Turkey)