Rio Tahuayo, Peru

The 25th place in the qualifying stage of the Biotope Aquarium Design Contest 2015

poland Poland. Piotr Stolc

Volume: 450 L
List of fishes: Apistogramma barlowi, Apistogramma norberti, Nannostomus marginatus, Tahuantinsuyoa macantzatza, Otocinclus Affinis
List of plants: Echinodorus amazonicus, Pistia stratiotes, Monstera deliciosa, Scindapsus sp.
Biotope description: I would like to present my piece of nature in which I tried to recreate a section of the Rio Tahuayo. It is a water body which flows directly to the Rio Amazonas in the Tamshiyacu Tahuayo Reserve, Peru. It encompasses an area of around 4000 square kilometers and has been protected since 2009. It is estimated that the rivers and floodplains of the Tamshiyacu Tahuayo Reserve are inhabited by 400 freshwater fish species. All fish species found in the aquarium are wild-caught from Peru. Over the aquarium portion a piece of tropical rainforest is to be found for which plant were also chosen according to their origin.

Large tank, healthy fishes, sandy bottom, natural looking pile of driftwood, and very good light, illuminating only the central part of the aquarium. The caves made from coconut shells could be broken, not cut in a straight line, but except of this it is a very good tank.

Piotr Kierzkowski (Poland)