Malaysian peat swamp

The 3rd place in the qualifying stage of the Biotope Aquarium Design Contest 2013

poland Poland. Jakub Kijak

Volume: 243 L
List of fishes: Betta coccina, Trigonostima heteromorpha
Biotope description: Peat swamp, a habitat of Trigonostima heteromorpha, Betta coccina and many others. Tank contains about 120 l water. Substrat is mostly peat which I collected myself. The water is soft and acid.

There is no question that this is a well made near to the authentic location of a biotope for the species mentioned, but as it is not as elaborated as many others, nor the description and details missing, it cannot (should not) be among the first 10 of this group.

Heiko Bleher (Italy)

Amazing tank. Aesthetically – it’s terrible. I mean, nobody would set up such aquarium as decoration of the living room. Every guest would say: “Hey, your tank is leaking, you lost half of your water, and the plants on top have died!” But, in terms of imitating natural habitat, this is a very good tank, because this is exactly how the nature looks like in the swamps. (I have never been to Malaysia, but I visited Polish swamps and marshes, and got my clothes wet often enough to know what I’m talking about.)

Piotr Kierzkowski (Poland)