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Biotope aquascaping

Discussion in 'General Aquascaping and Planted Tank Discussions' started by JEK, Feb 10, 2011.

  1. JEK

    JEK New Member

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    Besides planted aquaria, I'm also very interested in biotopes. So i thought it would be interesting with a thread showing how good a biotope actually can look if you use some aquascaping "rules".

    This a 325 litres tank I had a few years ago. Unfortunately I never really got it stocked because the tapwater were I lived then, was really "wierd". It countained something that was poisonous for fishes, I don't know what, but fortunately I later moved away from the evil water.;) Enough writing about that, here's a picture of it. I think it would have looked nice with some angels or a large shoal of neons...

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    Please post pictures of you biotope tank!
     
  2. biobio

    biobio Aspiring Aquascaper

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    This is my local cold water biotope tank (South East Europe, Sava and Drina rivers). It was set recently with more then 15 plant species and local fishes. Some plants are still adapting to tank conditions.

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    I like to explore local ponds and wetlands habitats searching for aquatic and semi aquatic plants and other aquatic organisms.

    Some more tank photos can be seen in topic Double trouble .
    My biotope project photos can be seen at LINK
     
  3. JEK

    JEK New Member

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    Wow, very nice! Is the wood also locally collected?
     
  4. ghostsword

    ghostsword Aspiring Aquascaper Staff Member

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    It is nice to see a cold water scaped tank.

    Do you know the name of the plants and fish?
     
  5. biobio

    biobio Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Wood is "biotope fake" and it is not local (red moor wood). It looked so good and I decided to put it in.
    Fishes were reduced to 2 species: Rhodeus sericeus amarus (extremely good algae eater) and Lepomis gibbosus. Other fishes I tried with were "plant killers" or ultimate predators. I moved them to another tanks.
    Some plants were determined or "almost" identified: Lysimachia nummularia, Ceratophyllum demersum, Hottonia palustris, Elodea (egeria) densa, Menta aquatica, Teucrium scordium, Myosotis palustris, Cardamine hirusta, Sagittaria lancifolia, Eleocharis spp, Alisma spp, Myriophyllum spp, Chara spp (algae), local mosses, some plants undetermined jet,...

    I am waiting spring for new expeditions and sampling...
     
  6. JEK

    JEK New Member

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    Interesting reading. What is the water temperature?
     
  7. biobio

    biobio Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Room temperature (22-25 celsius).
    This is upper limit for some plants. Annual temperature fluctuations in local ponds are 3-25 celsius In this moment ponds are covered with ice.

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    This particular Myosotis palustris trapped in the ice now was growing in the tank.

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    20 celsius is acceptable for the most of local plants and fishes.
    I have plans to make DIY water cooler for summer.
    :yo:
     
  8. Scorpio

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    Nice scape.
     
  9. ibanezfrelon

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    bravo majstore!
     
  10. dario

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    bravo biobio i ovdje !!!
     
  11. George Farmer

    George Farmer Aspiring Aquascaper

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    amazing image.
     
  13. JEK

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    That's a great biotope, George! Do you think the wood in the tank could be used for a long period or would it start to decompose quickly?
     

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