Flooded forest near upper Rio Orinoco, Venezuela

28th place in Biotope Aquarium Design Contest 2017

poland Poland. Dominik Woroch

Volume: 54 L
Dimensions: 60x30x30 cm
List of fishes: Apistogramma agassizii, Paracheirodon simulans
List of plants: Pistia Stratiotes, Lemna minor, Spathiphyllum sp., Strobilurus sp., Taxiphyllum sp.
Description of decorations: I used the roots of birch, which very much resembles the base of the trees in this region. The fine sand is very similar to that of the RioOrinoco.
Description of equipment: JBL e901, 2x6W T5, 4x Ikea 3W Led
Water parameters: Temperature is 25°C, pH is 5,9, gH is 4.

Description of the area surrounding the biotope: The Orinoco River is one of the longest rivers in South America at 2,140 kilometres (1,330 mi). Its drainage basin, sometimes known as the Orinoquia, covers 880,000 square kilometres (340,000 sq mi), with 76.3 percent of it in Venezuela and the remainder in Colombia. It is the fourth largest river in the world by discharge volume of water.  The Orinoco River and its tributaries are the major transportation system for eastern and interior Venezuela and the Llanos of Colombia. The Orinoco River is extremely diverse, and hosts a wide variety of flora and fauna.

Description of the underwater landscape of the biotope: Flooded forest, very large amount of leaves, branches, roots in the ground. During flooding, the water carries large amounts of sand and mud.

Description of the parameters of the habitat: The temperature of the water at different times of the year is very high and it does not fall below 23 degrees, and reaching in September, which is the warmest period of up to 30 degrees. Ph is low (5-6), TDS is 100.

List of fishes: Acanthocharax microlepis, Acanthobunocephalus nicoi, Acestrorhynchus falcatus, Brycon whitei, Bryconops giacopinii, Copella compta, Geophagus taeniopareius, Heros severus, Hypselecara coryphaenoides, Leporacanthicus galaxias, Paracheirodon simulans, Pterophyllum altum, Satanoperca acuticeps, Soromonichthys stearleyi, Steatogenys duidae, Tatia musaica.

List of plants: Phyllanthus Fluitans, Egeria Densa, Pistia Stratiotes, Ceratophyllum Demersum, Salvinia Auriculata, Sagittaria Subulata, Hydrocotyle Leucocephala, Myriophyllum Aquaticum, Lemna minor, Spathiphyllum barbourii.

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

I cannot believe that the volume is only 54 litres. It attracts by its naturalness. When you watch the video, it seems that you watch footage of a documentary about wildlife.

Alexey Malyshev (Russia)