In the shade of the forest of Porto Velho

The 25th place in the qualifying stage of the Biotope Aquarium Design Contest 2013

russian_federation Russia. Alexei Shabalin

Volume: 200 L
List of fishes: Gasteropelecus sternicla, Pterophyllum scalare, Hyphessobrycon aeques, Paracheirodon innesi
List of plants: Echinodorus bleheri, Nymphoides sp., Ludwigia repens
Biotope description: The aquarium was set up based on forest biotope of tributary of Madeira, near Porto Velho, Brazil. The coastal zone is littered with driftwood, twigs and debris constantly falling leaves of native trees, palm trees. From the litter Echinodorus grow, among the roots, where minor tetras and young angelfishes hide, Ludwigia reaches to the light.

The biotope is nice, although a little simple, but the fishes are not found in that area, nor P. scalare nor Paracheirodon innesi – far from it and therefore not biotope correct.

Heiko Bleher (Italy)

Very natural looking branches with lots of dirt in the background.

Piotr Kierzkowski (Poland)