South American Rio Tefe
The 43th place in the qualifying stage of the Biotope Aquarium Design Contest 2013
Netherlands. Leon Bouwman
Volume: 960 L
List of fishes: Corydoras sterbai, Nannobrycon eques, L066, L92, Panaque maccus Still to come; Biotodoma cupido, Red spotted green tefe discus, Dicrosus filamentosus, Hyphessobrycon pulchripinnis
List of plants: Echnodorus bleheri, Echinodorus ozelot, Hydrocleys nymphoides, Valisneria americana, Echinidorus tenellus, Hydrocotyle leucocephala
Biotope description: I tried to create a branch of the rio Tefe. A biotope with lots of wood and plants. This is a small part of the shore with the trees growing partially in the water. Lots of hiding places for small and bigger fish.
Another nicely decorated biotope, but several fish and plant species cannot be found here at all. Never C. sterbai (only in the Rio Guaporé/Iténez), no Dicrossus filamentosus (only Rio Negro and Atabapo basins), no Echinodorus ‘ocelot’ (cultivated form), no Vallisneria americana, etc.
When I look at this scape of the Rio Tefe I feel that the animals living in this must feel very at home. The rays of sunlight give a warm and special effect to this tank!
I like the way you have setup the roots, absolutely right for this habitat, but the E. ozelot is hybrid plant and the Hydrocleys nymphoides is from Australia, it is easy to replace them with something from this habitat so as to approach the excellence.