Flooded margin of the Tietê River. South-eastern part of Brazil

The 32th place in the qualifying stage of the Biotope Aquarium Design Contest 2015

russian_federation Russia. Maxim Chernyshov

Volume: 65 L
List of fishes: Hyphessobrycon flammeus
List of plants: Lilaeopsis brasiliensis
Biotope description: The Aquarium is dedicated to the popular aquarium fish Hyphessobrycon flammeus and simulates a flooded part of the river bank of the Tietê River in the south-eastern part of Brazil. Hyphessobrycon flammeus prefers shallow waters of the Tietê River with slow flow, often in these places there are water plants or other submerged vegetation. The water is usually clean, clear to brownish, sand on the bottom. Unfortunately, Hyphessobrycon flammeus was included in the Brazilian list of endangered species in 2004. This is mainly due to the active anthropogenic influence on the habitat where Hyphessobrycon flammeus live.

Interesting and clever hardscape setup. Lilaeopsis is planted perfectly to give natural feel, I’m only missing algae on “roots” to give them mature look. I know those are branches, but covering them with algae or some kind of bio film would give appearance of actual roots.

Petra Bašić (Croatia)