Biotope Aquarium Design Contest 2013. Quality test results

We are glad to present you the quality test results of the third JBL Biotope Aquarium Design Contest 2013.

The members of jury voted and chose 5 finalists: North America: Anastasia Melnikova (Russia), South America: Eugenia Moiseyeva (Russia), Africa: Vera Gladyshenko (Russia), Eurasia: Petra Bašić (Croatia), Australia & Oceania: Nikolay Muzhichuk (Ukraine).

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North America

1. Big cypress swamp

Anastasia Melnikova (Saint Petersburg, Russia)
Aquarium Volume: 40 l
Aquarium Age: 5 months
Animals: Elassoma evergladei, Jordanella floridae, Heterandria formosa, Cambarellus schmitti, Pomacea paludosa
Plants: Ludwigia repens, Ludwigia palustris, Bacopa monnieri
Biotope description: This is a huge, regularly flooded wetland located on the western edge of the Everglades, Florida, USA. Dense thickets of swamp cypress (Taxodium distichum) with conical aerial roots (pneumatophores) covering a large amount of sub-tropical sun, moist climate form a special, mysterious piece of nature, a great biotope for the inhabitants of the underwater world. Slow or no flow, humic water of the cypress swamp are indicators of acidity and hardness at the medium level, changes can be caused by different types of soils. The look of the biotope formed by peat and sand substrate of dark color, rows of vertical aerial roots of swamp cypress and dense thickets of marsh plants that can survive the dry season. As inhabitants a few medium-sized species of fish and crabs can be mentioned, who peacefully co-exist in different layers of the biotope. Between the leaves and stems of plants there are tiny Elassomas and Heterandria formosa searching for small live food, the more massive Jordanella floridae eats algae closer to the surface, and the dwarf marsh crabs are looking for food on the bottom, among the fallen branches and foliage.

Jury votes:: 380.57

User votes:: 61.50

2. Everglade

Yuriy Shamkalovich (Minsk, Belarus)
Aquarium Volume: 40 l
Aquarium Age: 1 month
Animals: Lucania goodei, Heterandria formosa, Elassoma evergladei
Plants: Bacopa caroliniana, Bacopa monnieri, Didiplis diandra, Echinodorus tenellus, Eleocharis parvula, Hydrocotyle verticillata, Ludwigia arcuata, Ludwigia brevipes, Ludwigia glandulosa, Ludwigia palustris, Ludwigia repens, Micranthemum micranthemoides, Sagittaria subulata
Biotope description: The aquarium was set up based on a small body of water biotope in the marshes of Everglades. Everglades is in the southern part of Florida. 1947 the USA government organized Everglades National Park. The main natural areas of Everglades: tropical forests in the north, the mangroves along the coast of the Gulf of Mexico and the marshes, covered with prickly Caladium.

Jury votes:: 367.83

User votes:: 58.97

3. Florida backwater

Anna Tetereva (Moscow, Russia)
Aquarium Volume: 60 l
Aquarium Age: 1 year
Animals: Heterandria formosa
Plants: Bacopa caroliniana, Ceratophyllum submersum, Hemianthus micranthemoides, Hydrocotyle verticillata, Lemna minor, Micranthemum umbrosum, Riccia fluitans
Biotope description: The aquarium is set up as a shallow backwater biotope in Florida. Standing water, a lot of nutrition are good conditions for successful living of various species of swamp plants. Fallen leaves covering the bottom give a specific color to the water. Among the leaves and vegetation there are representatives of the smallest live-bearing fish: Heterandria formosa.

Jury votes:: 360.29

User votes:: 67.25

4. Lake Atitlan in Guatemala

Svetlana Goncharyonok (Illichivsk, Ukraine)
Aquarium Volume: 24 l
Aquarium Age: 1 month
Animals: Archocentrus nigrofasciatum
Biotope description: The aquarium was set up based on Lake Atitlan biotope, Guatemala. Freshwater lake 300 meters deep is 3,000 meters above sea level, with a rocky bottom, a perfect place for Archocentrus nigrofasciatum that prefer to stay in the rocky zone.

Jury votes:: 330.99

User votes:: 57.18

5. Cuba. Swamp. Platies

Vyacheslav Smirnov (Krasnogorsk, Russia)
Aquarium Volume: 19 l
Aquarium Age: 1 month
Animals: Poeciliidae
Plants: Ludwigia palustris, Myriophyllum heterophyllum, Proserpinaca palustris
Biotope description: Cuba. Swamp. Platies

Jury votes:: 234.03

User votes:: 37.50

6. Shallow waters of the river in autumn

Eugeniy Lukyanchikov (Novosibirsk, Russia)
Aquarium Volume: 660 l
Aquarium Age: 18 months
Animals: Paratheraps hartwegi, Herichthys hartwegi, Vieja synspila, Amphilophus labiatus, Amatitlania nigrofasciata, Parachromis managuensis, Vieja fenestrata
Plants: Echinodorus subalatus
Biotope description: Northern river in autumn looks darker, especially in the shallow waters because of the large number of dead leaves and twigs lying on the bottom of the river.

Jury votes:: 227.62

User votes:: 39.75

7. Nicaragua

Albert Vendel (Rostov-on-Don, Russia)
Aquarium Volume: 45 l
Aquarium Age: 1 month
Animals: Cichlasoma nigrofasciatum
Plants: Ceratophyllum submersum
Biotope description: The coastal zone of Nicaragua.

Jury votes:: 213.26

User votes:: 39.00

South America

1. Flooded forest area of the Rio Negro during the rainy season

Eugenia Moiseyeva (Moscow, Russia)
Aquarium Volume: 30 l
Aquarium Age: 2 months
Animals: Paracheirodon simulans
Plants: Cabomba furcata, Cabomba aquatica, Echinodorus tenellus, Ludwigia palustris
Biotope description: The black water of Rio Negro during the rainy season floods the jungle for a few months, joining the river bed with oxbow lakes, swamps, creeks. A light sand here is not visible, it is silty and abundantly covered with foliage. Here, among the roots of trees, Cabomba, brought over here, is intertwined with semi-aquatic Ludwigia, providing excellent shelter for fishes. Water is literally full of microorganisms, an excellent food for young fishes.

Jury votes:: 364.46

User votes:: 48.50

2. Llanos of Venezuela. Biotope for Ramirezis

Anastasia Melnikova (Saint Petersburg, Russia)
Aquarium Volume: 60 l
Aquarium Age: 6 months
Animals: Microgeophagus ramirezi, Сorydoras venezuelanus sp. black
Plants: Echinodorus tenellus, Echinodorus cordifolius, Echinodorus sp., Cabomba Aqatica, Mayaca fluviatilis, Eleocharis sp., Sagittaria subulata, Hydrocotyle leucocephala
Biotope description: Microgeophagus ramirezi is one of the brightest representatives of the American dwarf cichlids, widely popular among aquarists. However, there are some problems with health, reproduction and nutrition when keeping these fishes in aquariums. So I made a biotope aquarium for them based on the studies of their living in the wild. Microgeophagus ramirezi live in shallow small rivers of Orinoco water system in Venezuela, located in the marshy plains - llanos. These water bodies are fully open to the hot sun. The water is clear, slightly yellowish, the flow is slow. In the hot season the water temperature exceeds 30-32°C, and in January is 22-26°C. Seasonal fluctuations of pH are from 4.5 to 7.2, but the water is always very soft (3-4 KH), with low electrical conductivity. Silty bottom is covered with dense thickets of aquatic flora (Echinodorus tenellus, several species of Eleocharis in addition to the ubiquitous Cabomba aqatica, Mayaca fluviatilis, emersed Echinodorus) with a little vegetation-free areas of ​​the bottom covered with clear light yellow sand. Except for Microgeophagus ramirezi this biotope is a home to some Apistogrammas, Hemmigramus, Corydoras venezuelanus sp. black (who likes calm water), etc.

Jury votes:: 363.48

User votes:: 58.75

3. Black Heaven

Achintya Shankar Adhikari (Kolkata, India)
Aquarium Volume: 243 l
Aquarium Age: 13 months
Animals: Paracheirodon axelrodi, Apistogramma trifasciata, Corydoras panda
Biotope description: The aquarium was set up based on South American Blackwater biotope. Slowly flowing among the rainforest, with lots of driftwoods and broken leaves which can make tea color water.

Jury votes:: 361.45

User votes:: 68.20

4. Amazon cichlids in darkness

Rafał Stawowy (Kraków, Poland)
Aquarium Volume: 405 l
Aquarium Age: 4 months
Animals: Cleithracara maronii, Crenicichla regani WF Rio Tapajos, Ivanacara adoketa
Plants: Dracaena sanderiana, Scindapsus aureus, Spathiphyllum sp.
Biotope description: The aquarium was set up based on Black Waters biotope. Because of the small amount of light there is a very small amount of underwater plants. A large percentage are waterside and floating plants.

Jury votes:: 351.18

User votes:: 71.03

5. In the shade of the forest of Porto Velho

Alexei Shabalin (Saint Petersburg, Russia)
Aquarium Volume: 200 l
Aquarium Age: 1 month
Animals: Gasteropelecus sternicla, Pterophyllum scalare, Hyphessobrycon aeques, Paracheirodon innesi
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.

Jury votes:: 350.15

User votes:: 59.50

6. Somewhere in Brazil

Branislav Mandic (Novi Sad, Serbia)
Aquarium Volume: 72 l
Aquarium Age: 3 months
Animals: Apistogramma agassizii, Paracheirodon simulans, Corydoras panda, Ancistrus sp.
Plants: Eleocharis sp., Ceratophyllum demersum
Biotope description: The aquarium setup was based on imagionar part of some river in S.A. There is not a lot plant species. There is parts of trees in water, also leafs, branches. Water is a ''brown'' coloured because of tanin. Several kinds of fishes could be viewed in a small area. Sunlight is not strong, so visibility under the water is poor.

Jury votes:: 347.91

User votes:: 66.75

7. Aripuanã River, a tributary of Madeira River

Vyacheslav Veriga (Vladivostok, Russia)
Aquarium Volume: 300 l
Aquarium Age: 1 month
Animals: Pterophyllum scalare, Hyphessobrycon herbertaxelrodi, Pterygoplichthys pardalis
Plants: There are no water plants. There is a live Monstera sp. in the aquarium.
Biotope description: The aquarium is set up based on Aripuanã River biotope. This is a clear water river of the Amazon basin. The river flows through the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso, on the banks of the river there are huge trees of the rain forest, including such giants as Alchornea castaneaefolia often reaching 45 meters or more in height. The river is clear, on the bottom there is white sand. Water parameters are as follows: the total content of salts (TDS) 30 mg/l, pH 6.6, temperature 28-29 degrees. Biotope: driftwood and hanging trees and branches, there is no aquatic vegetation.

Jury votes:: 346.85

User votes:: 72.00

8. South American Rio Tefe

Leon Bouwman (Emmen, Netherlands)
Aquarium Volume: 960 l
Aquarium Age: 2 months
Animals: Corydoras sterbai, Nannobrycon eques, L066, L92, Panaque maccus Still to come; Biotodoma cupido, Red spotted green tefe discus, Dicrosus filamentosus, Hyphessobrycon pulchripinnis
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.

Jury votes:: 333.43

User votes:: 61.03

9. The flow of the stream of the Içana River

Marsel Yakhshegulov (Yekaterinburg, Russia)
Aquarium Volume: 240 l
Aquarium Age: 3 months
Animals: Carnegiella strigata strigata, Nannacara anomala
Plants: Echinodorus quadricostatus, Echinodorus tenellus, Echinodorus amazonicus, Eleocharis vivipara, Staurogyne repens, Vallisneria americana, Myriophyllum aquaticum
Biotope description: The aquarium was set up based on the Içana river biotope, a tributary of the Rio Negro. Slow stream of tropical forests, as well as many other streams and rivers among impenetrable jungles of western Brazil, carry its water in the great Amazon. Water filled the stream after the tropical rains, carrying fallen fruits and leaves from the trees. Near the roots of palm trees, covered with moss and plants, there is a family of Nannacara anomala, and in the shadow of a foliage there are several Carnegiella strigata strigata.

Jury votes:: 327.34

User votes:: 51.58

10. Сoastal part of the forest river

Albert Vendel (Rostov-on-Don, Russia)
Aquarium Volume: 20 l
Aquarium Age: 2 months
Animals: Рагаcheirodon axelrodi
Plants: Hydrocotyle leucocephala, Eleocharis acicularis
Biotope description: Legend of the aquarium: the coastal zone of the forest stream with black water. Only in the shallow water there is enough light for plants growing. Among the driftwood and fallen leaves cardinal tetras swim.

Jury votes:: 325.89

User votes:: 49.50

11. Rio Nanay, Shore

Marcin Mirkowski (Warsaw, Poland)
Aquarium Volume: 540 l
Aquarium Age: 9 months
Animals: Pterophyllum scalare sp. Peru, Nannostomus mortenthaleri, Carnegiella marthae, Corydoras panda, Panaqolus changae
Plants: No freshwater plants. Other plants: Spathiphyllum adans, Dieffenbachia, Syngonium diseases, Marantaa, Guzmania, Frizea (Vriesea), Tradescantia
Biotope description: The aquarium was set up based on Rio Nanay biotope, north Peru. Slowly flowing among the rainforest. This is wide and deep river. There are not to many freshwater plants. Flooded trees are perfect place for many species of fish to live.

Jury votes:: 325.16

User votes:: 70.50

12. Forgotten pool

Jakub Kijak (Zegrze, Poland)
Aquarium Volume: 175 l
Aquarium Age: 1 month
Animals: Apistogramma agassizii, Paracheirodon axelrodi
Biotope description: Tank represents a forest pool somewhere in north-western Brazil

Jury votes:: 324.33

User votes:: 59.23

13. Amazon river

John Boutos (Chrisoupoli Kavalas, Greece)
Aquarium Volume: 610 l
Aquarium Age: 5 months
Animals: Symphysodon Aequifasciatus f0 (Inanu Red/Blue discus)
Plants: Pistia stratiotes
Biotope description: The aquarium was set up based on pictures and videos from Inanu, near Lago Grande in Alenquer region where my fish are from.

Jury votes:: 322.96

User votes:: 62.50

14. Basins of the Rio Meta and Rio Negro in Brazil

Nikos Marinos (Athens, Greece)
Aquarium Volume: 128 l
Aquarium Age: 1 month
Animals: Apistogramma agassizi, Hemigrammus rhodostomus
Plants: Echinodorus tenelus, Limnobium laevigatum, Pistia stratiotes
Biotope description: The aquarium was set up based in Rio Meta and Rio Negro in Brazi. The plants are a few, the water is a little bit tannins coloured, rotten leaves are all over the bottom, apistos are hiding among them. Groups of rhodostomus swimming fast. The water circulation is not so fast.

Jury votes:: 322.95

User votes:: 54.75

15. Amazon Rainforest

Jurica Sostar (Zagreb, Croatia)
Aquarium Volume: 400 l
Aquarium Age: 6 months
Animals: Symphysodon discus, Hemigrammus rhodostomus, Microgeophagus altispinosus, Corydoras sterbai, Ancistrus sp.
Plants: Sagittaria subulata, Ceratophyllum demersum, Limnobium laevigatum
Biotope description: The aquarium is presenting South American blackwater biotope with discus. I tried to provide natural habitat for this beautiful fish. Unfortunately, this was not wild ones. In long-term is very difficult to have this type of biotope because, for right definition of discus habitat, many leaves and branches is needed on the bottom of tank. Because they causing problem like filter clogging, i had to remove it.

Jury votes:: 317.55

User votes:: 63.16

16. Orinoco River

George Pantazopoulos (Athens, Greece)
Aquarium Volume: 480 l
Aquarium Age: 18 months
Animals: Hemigrammus bleheri, Corydoras habrosus, Carnegiella marthae, Microgeophagus ramirezi
Plants: Echinodorus bleheri
Biotope description: The aquarium was set up based on Orinoco River biotope.

Jury votes:: 315.27

User votes:: 53.00

17. Rio Ucayali, blackwater jungle creek

Thanos Bonias (Patras, Greece)
Aquarium Volume: 60 l
Aquarium Age: 3 years
Animals: Apistogramma nijsseni, Panaqolus albivermis
Plants: Spathiphyllum sp., Nephrolepis exaltata
Biotope description: The setup is inspired from blackwater jungle creeks, Rio Ucayali system, Peru. The creeks are shallow and slow moving. The substrate is leaf littered. Furthermore, tree branches and roots provide shelter to fish. Due to the heavy vegetation, little light reaches the water surface.

Jury votes:: 313.55

User votes:: 53.00

18. Amazonian river

Adam Lebioda (Cieszyn, Poland)
Aquarium Volume: 61 l
Aquarium Age: 1 year
Animals: Apistogramma sp."TEFE", N. axelordi, P. wingei
Plants: Lemna L.
Biotope description: The bottom of a small forest stream is the home of the genus Apistogramma cichlids

Jury votes:: 310.62

User votes:: 57.50

19. Brazil, Santarem region

Tomislav Sobota (Zagreb, Croatia)
Aquarium Volume: 465 l
Aquarium Age: 5 months
Animals: Acarichthys heckelii, Nannostomus eques, Corydoras panda
Plants: Hydrocotyle leucocephala, Vesicularia montagnei "Christmas Moss"
Biotope description: The aquarium was set up based on Amazon biotope in region Santarem where Rio Tapajos meets Amazon river. Aquarium shows the coastal area where the branches fell into the river, creating an ideal shelter and shadow for its inhabitants.

Jury votes:: 309.39

User votes:: 48.75

20. Swamp in the floodplain of the Paraopeba River. Minas Gerais. Brazil

Vyacheslav Smirnov (Krasnogorsk, Russia)
Aquarium Volume: 19 l
Aquarium Age: 1 month
Animals: Poecilia reticulata
Plants: Eichhornia crassipes, Echinodorus tenellus, Ludwigia palustris
Biotope description: In the valley of the Paraopeba River there are Brazil's largest iron ore basin, gold and diamond mines. The typical soil gives the water brown color. The aquarium was set up based on a marsh biotope in the floodplain. Eichhornia crassipes dominates among the vegetation, on the open to the sun swamp areas Echinodorus tenellus and Ludwigia palustris can be seen. There are a lot of wild guppies in the marsh. Gold and diamonds cannnot be seen with the naked eye, and amethysts are not difficult to find.

Jury votes:: 303.34

User votes:: 46.41

21. Amazon basin

Dimitrios Nikos (Athens, Greece)
Aquarium Volume: 500 l
Aquarium Age: 1 year
Animals: Symphysodon discus, Corydoras leucomelas
Plants: Echinodorus uruguayensis
Biotope description: This aquarium was primary based on the wealth of the discus fish. Tried to represent a part of the Amazon river basin, suitable for the inhabitants of the aquarium. Roots, sand and coloured water give us a typical, underwater picture of the river.

Jury votes:: 303.32

User votes:: 47.75

22. Backwater in the Araguaia River basin

Airat Ismagilov (Tyumen, Russia)
Aquarium Volume: 20 l
Aquarium Age: 10 months
Animals: Hyphessobrycon amandae, Corydoras pygmaeus
Plants: Hemianthus micranthemoides, Echinodorus tenellus
Biotope description: It is a backwater of a stream in the Araguaia River basin. The flow is very weak, almost none. Dense thickets of plants in shallow water grow to the top of the water and create shading. On the bottom there is a lot of leaves and branches of trees. Because of the decomposition of organic matter, water can have a light brownish tint. The water is soft and slightly acidic. In the thickets of plants small tetras swim. Tetra amanda is very popular in this biotope.

Jury votes:: 301.11

User votes:: 42.25

23. Small forest river of the Apure River basin

Svetlana Kirillova (Saint Petersburg, Russia)
Aquarium Volume: 20 l
Aquarium Age: 2 months
Animals: Apistogramma hoignei, Microgeophagus ramirezi
Plants: Echinodorus tenellus, Najas conferta, Limnobium laevigatum, Eichhornia crassipes, Salvinia molesta
Biotope description: Small forest rivers flowing through the territory of Venezuela and belonging to the Orinoco tributaries basin are home to many species of plants and fishes. In the coastal area among driftwood and leaves there are Apistogrammas. Males compete with each other, showing a bright color and fins, and smaller, more timid females hide among the leaves.

Jury votes:: 300.70

User votes:: 38.50

24. Amazon, the mysterious river

Sergey Filimonenko (Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine)
Aquarium Volume: 300 l
Aquarium Age: 1 year
Animals: Uaru amphiacanthoides, Acestrorhynchus isalinae, Leporinus fasciatus, Metynnis sp.
Biotope description: The aquarium was set up based on the Amazon River biotope.

Jury votes:: 298.15

User votes:: 42.50

25. Rio Lago Nhamundá

Stelios Litsios (Orestiada, Greece)
Aquarium Volume: 450 l
Aquarium Age: 8 months
Animals: Symphosydon discus
Plants: Echinodorus bleheri, Vallisneria sp.
Biotope description: The aquarium was set up based on Rio Lago Nhamundá, central Amazon basin. The Nhamundá River, which has the same name and flows through the Lago Nhamundá, is an medium size left-hand affluent of the Amazon River in Brazil, state of Pará. Biotope in the lake: driftwood, logs, and sometimes stones over white sand.

Jury votes:: 297.51

User votes:: 50.00

26. Amazon river

Thanasis Papachristopoulos (Athens, Greece)
Aquarium Volume: 500 l
Aquarium Age: 1 year
Animals: Rio Curuai f1 discus
Plants: Emerald Philodendron
Biotope description: The aquarium was set up based on Amazon

Jury votes:: 296.59

User votes:: 50.28

27. A small stream in the Rio Orinoco basin

Andrea Vannini (Prato, Italy)
Aquarium Volume: 54 l
Aquarium Age: 4 months
Animals: Dicrossus filamentosus, Poecilocharax weitzmani, Otocinclus cf. vittatus
Plants: Echinodorus subalatus, Cabomba aquatica, Limnobium laevigatum, Helantium bolivianum (= Echinodorus quadricostatus)
Biotope description: The aquarium was set up based on Rio Orinoco basin, Venezuela. It reproduces a small stream slow flowing into the flooded plain (llanos). The bottom consists of fine sediment, and the strong solar radiation stimulates the growth of a rich vegetation, both rooted (eg. Echinodorus spp.) and floating (eg. Limnobium laevigatum). The slow current allows accumulation of plant materials as wood and leaves (represented in the aquarium by oak leaves and alder cones). Floating plants create shaded and repaired areas, used by fishes as a resting place and shelter from predators.

Jury votes:: 288.88

User votes:: 46.75

28. Nhamundá River

Andrei Kazakov (Syktyvkar, Russia)
Aquarium Volume: 300 l
Aquarium Age: 1 year
Animals: Symphysodon haraldi, Pterophyllum scalare
Biotope description: The aquarium was set up based on Nyamundá River biotope, Brazil. It is a quiet, peaceful biotope. The water in such places is almost motionless, with many fedding organisms in it. And discus fishes, like most other daily fishes, are constantly searching for food.

Jury votes:: 283.77

User votes:: 48.97

29. Lower Casiquiare river at its junction with Rio Negro

Denis Rymar (Saint Petersburg, Russia)
Aquarium Volume: 200 l
Aquarium Age: 2 months
Animals: Pterophyllum scalare, Paracheirodon innesi, Ancistrus dolichopterus, Corydoras aeneus, Corydoras paleatus, Microgeophagus ramirezi
Biotope description: It is a backwater of the Casiquiare river with lots of driftwood and no plants. The biotope for Pterophyllum scalare, Paracheirodon innesi, Ancistrus dolichopterus, Corydoras aeneus, Corydoras paleatus, Microgeophagus ramirezi. Dark, rich in humic acid aquarium water and dark soil with lots of driftwood and leaves allow you to see the natural behavior of fishes in the environment after only a short time after putting them in the aquarium. Fishes instantly school and quite actively take food. Ramirezis explore the aquarium looking for a place for future spawning, Corydorases actively dig in the muddy ground forming small schools. Angelfishes watching everything that happens in and outside the aquarium. Neon tetras beautifully swim forming big school along the walls and driftwood from one end of the aquarium to the other.

Jury votes:: 280.55

User votes:: 52.00

30. Sandy backwater of Madeira River basin

Alexei Kovalyov (Saint Petersburg, Russia)
Aquarium Volume: 20 l
Aquarium Age: 5 months
Animals: Corydoras aeneus, Corydoras pygmaeus
Plants: Eichhornia diversifolia
Biotope description: The aquarium was set up based on a small piece of a sand backwater biotope, located in Madeira River basin, southwest of Brazil. In shallow water with virtually no flow available there are both open sandy areas, and places, densely covered with underwater vegetation. In such a shallow water large predators come rarely, and small bottom inhabitants can feel free, but seeing danger they hide in small rocks or among the long underwater grasses.

Jury votes:: 272.89

User votes:: 42.75

31. Thickets of the Amazon

Marina Rymar (Saint Petersburg, Russia)
Aquarium Volume: 80 l
Aquarium Age: 7 months
Animals: Pygocentrus nattereri
Plants: Ceratopteris pteridoides
Biotope description: The aquarium was set up as the most comfortable and near in the terms of conditions and light to the real piranhas Nattereri biotope.

Jury votes:: 260.95

User votes:: 34.00

32. South America

Tomasz (Mierzyn, Poland)
Aquarium Volume: 300 l
Aquarium Age: 4 months
Animals: Andinoacara rivulatus (green terror)
Biotope description: South america, Andinoacara rivulatus (green terror)

Jury votes:: 256.87

User votes:: 51.00

33. Rio Belem, smaller portion of beautiful river...

Jose Maria Naranjo (Seville, Spain)
Aquarium Volume: 125 l
Aquarium Age: 6 months
Animals: Symphysodon discus Malrboro, Symphysodon discus heckel, Symphysodon discus leopard, Symphysodon discus Turquoise, corydoras
Plants: Echinodorus amazonicus, Cabomba caroliniana, Ludwigia sp., Vallisneria americana, Echinodorus red devil, Hydrocotyle sp., Microsorum trident., Rotala rotundifolia, Moss, Lilaeopsis brasilensis, Manglar sp.
Biotope description: The aquarium was set up based on Rio Belem biotope, Brasil. This river its part of the clear-water river Amazonas, the caracteristic of this river is ph between 5 to 6.5, you can have a great visibility about 4 meters deep. you can find a lot of aquatic vegetation and very interesting Discus fish.

Jury votes:: 242.10

User votes:: 37.95

34. Neon Lake

Jörg Obernolte (Vlotho, Germany)
Aquarium Volume: 240 l
Aquarium Age: 2 months
Animals: Paracheirodon innesi, Microgeophagus ramirezi, Apistogramma pandurini
Plants: Eleocharis acicularis, Polygonum sp. Sao Paulo
Biotope description: The aquarium was set up based on Rio biotope, Brazil.

Jury votes:: 240.36

User votes:: 40.00

35. Rio Ica - a fragment of the Andes

Vadim Sharifulin (Perm, Russia)
Aquarium Volume: 230 l
Aquarium Age: 3 months
Animals: Symphysodon sp, Ottocinclus affinis
Plants: Crinum calamistratum, Anubias barteri nana var. petit
Biotope description: The western edge of the area of discus fishes. Peru, the Andean foothills. Rocky bottom, few vegetation. The season of shallow rivers. An isolated overpopulated pond.

Jury votes:: 231.53

User votes:: 32.75

36. Amazon stream theme

Silviu Poiana (Bucharest, Romania)
Aquarium Volume: 180 l
Aquarium Age: 11 months
Animals: Symphysodon aequifasciatus Axelrodi, Hemigrammus bleheri, Microgeophagus ramirezi, Corydoras trilineatus
Biotope description: The aquarium was set up based on a common stream from Amazonia, with slow moving waters, submerged roots and leaf litter.

Jury votes:: 228.73

User votes:: 37.95

37. The Amazon River with big fish

Alexander Polimonov (Perm, Russia)
Aquarium Volume: 1500 l
Aquarium Age: 3 years
Animals: Osteoglossum bicirrhosum, Colossoma macropomum, Phractocephalus hemioliopterus, Pseudoplatystoma tigrinum, Astronotus ocelatus, Cichla ocellaris/monoculus, Cichla kelberi, Potamotrygon motoro
Plants: Monstera sp., Dieffenbachia sp., Scindapsus sp., Spathiphyllum sp., Anthurium sp., Rhizophora sp.
Biotope description: Aquarium is set up based on Amazon biotope with big fish, because in large aquariums with fish design is often neglected. First of all, I wanted to show naturalness, so the interior design consists of a hardskape, i.e. stones, driftwood, sand. To make the picture more attractive imaginary coastline was made using phytofilter, but to connect land and underwater parts it was decided to make a transition. It was made using the roots of plants growing into the water.

Jury votes:: 221.01

User votes:: 38.75

Africa

1. South shore of Lake Chad near the village of Sangaria

Vera Gladyshenko (Saint Petersburg, Russia)
Aquarium Volume: 140 l
Aquarium Age: 5 months
Animals: Hemichromis bimaculatus, Polypterus senegalus
Plants: Ceratophyllum demersum, Nymphaea lotus, Juncus and Cárex (instead of Cyperus papyrus and some others)
Biotope description: Chad is a very shallow lake with a very flat bottom (and its surface is not constant). Even in the greatest flood its depths never exceed 4 meters. Once in the basin of the main tributary of the Shari there is heavy rainfall and the river brings a lot of water to the lake, Chad immediately grows, flooding vast areas of flat low-lying coasts. And during the low water in Shari, the lake level is lowered and the area gets quickly smaller. Despite of these metamorphoses, the lake is the only large body of water in Central Africa. The water in different parts of the Lake Chad has different mineralization: in most parts it is salted, and fresh near the mouths of rivers. Scientists explain lower mineralization of water by the constant change of water in the lake due to the outflow of the lower layers of water to the underground. The western and southern shores are low, swampy and covered with dense vegetation, northern and eastern ones are cut up. There are many sandy islands formed by flooded dunes here. The most common species of water plants are Cyperus papyrus, Aeschynomene elaphroxylon, water lilies and reeds, Ceratophyllum demersum. The bottom is mostly sandy with silt brought by the waters of the Chari.

Jury votes:: 396.23

User votes:: 74.25

2. Mouth of the unknown African river

Eugeniy Lukyanchikov (Novosibirsk, Russia)
Aquarium Volume: 250 l
Aquarium Age: 7 months
Animals: Pelvicachromis pulcher
Plants: Anubias barteri var. Nana Bonsai, Anubias afzelii, Anubias barteri var. barteri, Anubias barteri var. angustifolia, Anubias barteri var. glabra
Biotope description: The aquarium was set up based on a biotope of the African rivers whith a lot of Anubias species. Anubias barteri var. Nana Bonsai, Anubias afzelii, Anubias barteri var. barteri, Anubias barteri var. angustifolia, Anubias barteri var. glabra.

Jury votes:: 370.57

User votes:: 60.25

3. River in the tropical forests of West Africa

Vyacheslav Smirnov (Krasnogorsk, Russia)
Aquarium Volume: 19 l
Aquarium Age: 1 month
Animals: Epiplatys annulatus, Aplocheilichthys normani
Plants: Crinum natans, Bolbitis heudelotii, Anubias nana
Biotope description: It is a biotope of a shallow, slow-flowing river of tropical forests with dense vegetation in the southwestern Cameroon.

Jury votes:: 357.51

User votes:: 54.75

4. Forest stream in Cameroon

Albert Vendel (Rostov-on-Don, Russia)
Aquarium Volume: 45 l
Aquarium Age: 3 months
Animals: Aphyosemion striatum
Plants: Anubias barteri, Anubias barteri var. nanа, Anubias lanceolata, Pistia stratiotes, Utricularia vulgaris
Biotope description: It is a forest stream. The aquarium was set up based on a submerged Anubias after floods.

Jury votes:: 351.86

User votes:: 50.26

5. Tributary of the Sangha River in the Congo River basin

Tamara Davidova (Yalta, Ukraine)
Aquarium Volume: 144 l
Aquarium Age: 1 year
Animals: Polypterus delhezi, Ctenopoma acutirostra
Plants: Anubias barteri nana, Nimphea lotus rubra
Biotope description: The model for this aquarium biotope was Sir David Attenborough's film "Africa"​​, Episode 3 "Congo", which shows the inhabitants of the forest stream of the Congo River basin. The water flows among stones covered with Anubias, forming quiet backwaters with Nymphaea. Polypterus makes its way among the stems of the Nymphaeas, searching for prey, spotted Ctenopomas try to catch small fish.

Jury votes:: 350.85

User votes:: 45.64

6. Lake Malawi theme

Silviu Poiana (Bucharest, Romania)
Aquarium Volume: 700 l
Aquarium Age: 33 months
Animals: Labidochromis caeruleus, Pseudotropheus acei Msuli, Labidochromis hongi, Metriaclima daktari, Tropheops sp. Magunga, Cyrtocara moori, Protomelas taeniolatus, Placidochromis phenochilus Mdoka, Gephyrochromis lawsi, Copadichromis trewavasae, Lethrinops marginatus
Biotope description: The aquarium was set up based on Lake Malawi biotope, Africa. I tried to replicate, as natural as I could, the zone where the open sand, meets the rocky shores and big haps roam along with mbuna.

Jury votes:: 342.87

User votes:: 57.50

7. Lake Tanganyika

Sakis Koumantzelis (Tirnavos, Greece)
Aquarium Volume: 700 l
Aquarium Age: 30 months
Animals: Cyphotilapia gibberosa blue zaire moba, Altolamprologus calvus black congo, Neolamprologus leleupi
Plants: Vallisneria spiralls
Biotope description: The aquarium was set up based on lake Tanganyika biotope.

Jury votes:: 339.11

User votes:: 62.25

8. Coastal zone of the Congo River

Alexander Galusha (Illichivsk, Ukraine)
Aquarium Volume: 60 l
Aquarium Age: 5 months
Animals: Phenacogrammus (Micralestes) interruptus
Plants: Bolbitis heudelotii, Anubias barteri var., Anubias nana Engler, Nymphaea lotus, Pistia stratiotes
Biotope description: The aquarium was set up based on the coastal zone biotope of the Congo River. Congo is the largest river in Central Africa and is the most abundant river of the world after the Amazon. Despite the strong current, the river surprises with its rich aquatic vegetation. Along the steep banks of black lava, covered with Anubias and Bolbitis there are dense thickets of Tiger lotus. Among them flakes of very beautiful fish Congo tetra glitter.

Jury votes:: 335.80

User votes:: 54.00

9. Coast of West Africa

Marina Rymar (Saint Petersburg, Russia)
Aquarium Volume: 150 l
Aquarium Age: 4 months
Animals: Monodactylus sebae
Biotope description: It is the coast of West Africa, brackish water. Flooded old driftwood is a favorite shelter for young Monodactyluses.

Jury votes:: 333.92

User votes:: 45.64

10. Malebo Pool Biotope

Marcus Beilman (West Bend, United States)
Aquarium Volume: 568 l
Aquarium Age: 6 months
Animals: Ctenopoma acutirostre, Synodontis nigriventris, Phenacogrammus interruptus, Steatocranus tinanti, Steatocranus casuarius
Biotope description: This aquarium is based on fast flowing waters of the Congo River which flow through Malebo Pool. The rocky outcroppings and wooden debris provide shelter for the countless species which inhabit the turbulent waterway.

Jury votes:: 331.90

User votes:: 57.25

11. Lake Tanganyika Kasanga biotope

Nikos Gletos (Larisa, Greece)
Aquarium Volume: 300 l
Aquarium Age: 2 months
Animals: Tropheus Red Rainbow (Kasanga)
Biotope description: The aquarium was set up based on Lake Tanganyika biotope, the fishes are Tropheus red rainbows from Kasanga territory and they are wild caught.

Jury votes:: 330.20

User votes:: 51.75

12. Lake Tanganyika

Theodoros Kartsanas (Thessaloniki, Greece)
Aquarium Volume: 60 l
Aquarium Age: 8 months
Animals: Neolamprologus multifasciatus
Plants: Vallisneria spiralis
Biotope description: Rocks, poor aquatic vegetation, soft sandy substrate and plenty of empty shells of snails, composing the N. multifasciatus biotope. In fairly deep water around the shoreline of lake Tanganyika, these territorial tiny Chichlids are always ready to defend with passion their home... shells.

Jury votes:: 329.28

User votes:: 56.25

13. Lake Tanganyika, the bay near Mpulungu

Airat Ismagilov (Tyumen, Russia)
Aquarium Volume: 100 l
Aquarium Age: 2 months
Animals: Julidochromis ornatus, Lamprologus brevis
Biotope description: The bay near Mpulungu in Zambia is in the southern part of Lake Tanganyika. The shores of the bay are the sandy beaches. Near the coast there is little vegetation. However, the farther away from the coast, the less and less vegetation becomes. And closer to the border of the sandy and rocky biotopes there are no plants at all. It is a biotope shown in the aquarium. Such mixed biotopes in the lake are inhabited very much. In the aquarium there are common inhabitants of the bordering biotopes: Julidochromis ornatus and Lamprologus brevis.

Jury votes:: 321.26

User votes:: 51.75

14. West African Paradise

Emil Visan (Bucharest, Romania)
Aquarium Volume: 85 l
Aquarium Age: 1 year
Animals: Fundulopanchax sjoestedti, Pseudocrenilabrus nicholsi
Plants: Aeschynomene fluitans, Amnania senegalensis, Amnania sp. bonsai nana, Anubias barteri var. nana, Anubias coffeefolia, Bolbitis heudeloti, Ceratopteris thalictroides, Nymphaea lotus micrantha, Nymphaea lotus red tiger, Nesaea pedicellata, Nesaea triflora, Nesaea red
Biotope description: I thought to make a biotope of Niger Delta. I started to collect plants and brought a trio of Fundulupanchax sjoestedti. I searched the internet movies and documentaries about habitat sites in the Niger Delta. Honestly I do not find, or have found but not what I thought: many reports of deforestation taking place there, and discharges of oil spills and oil. I was deeply disappointed. And still looking for my aquarium documentation I fell in love hopelessly by aquatic flora and fauna of West Africa. So my tank was removed from the initial theme and became a general West African biotope. A delta that might exist if we the people we really care what God created, what Mother Nature gave us. This is the "West African paradise." You could find here many of plants like Nesaea triflora, N. pedicillata, N. red, lots of Amnania. Also emerse plants like Nymphea, Anubias, Bolbitis. Wonderfull colored fishes like Fundulophancas sjoestedti and Pseudochrenilabrus nicholsi live here.

Jury votes:: 317.78

User votes:: 44.87

15. The stream of the Niger River

Alexander Moskalyov (Simferopol, Ukraine)
Aquarium Volume: 54 l
Aquarium Age: 1 month
Animals: Pelvicachromis pulcher
Plants: Anubias barteri var. Nana, Pistia stratiotes, Carex sp.
Biotope description: The aquarium was set up as an idea to make the natural small stream biotope of the coastal zone with slow flow of water during the drought, where parrot cichlid found its home.

Jury votes:: 317.64

User votes:: 50.50

16. Small pond becoming dry in savannas of East Africa

Svetlana Kirillova (Saint Petersburg, Russia)
Aquarium Volume: 6 l
Aquarium Age: 1 month
Animals: Notobranchius guentheri
Plants: Chara fragilis desvaus, Pistia stratiotes
Biotope description: In the rainy season there are small temporary water bodies in the savannas of East Africa, many of them are immediately inabited by hatched from the eggs survived the drought toothcarps, whose motto could be: "Live fast, die young." These bright and moving season fishes reach maturity at 1-1.5 months, spawn eggs in soft soil at the bottom of their pools and die when it becomes dry. Eggs are kept in moist mud till the next rainy season. There may be no aquatic vegetation in such pools or, in the case of incomplete drying, some species can grow here.

Jury votes:: 311.96

User votes:: 42.25

17. Cameroon, rain forest Kienke River region

Anton Lamboj (Pottendorf, Austria)
Aquarium Volume: 180 l
Aquarium Age: 1 year
Animals: Pelvicachromis taeniatus
Plants: Anubias barteri var. barteri
Biotope description: African forest rivers are usually without plants or just few, mostly Anubias sp. which can be seen sometimes submerse in the rainy season. So, the underwater view is not very rich in variability what led to this more simple design of the tank which is used as a breeding tank.

Jury votes:: 309.60

User votes:: 50.77

18. Forest stream in Cameroon

Anna Tetereva (Moscow, Russia)
Aquarium Volume: 60 l
Aquarium Age: 15 months
Animals: Fundulopanchax gardneri
Plants: Bolbitis heudelotii, Anubias barteri
Biotope description: In the aquarium there is a shallow coastal biotope, mostly shaded part of slow rainforest stream of Cameroon. In the rainy seasons the water produced bizarre labyrinths of driftwood, which are a home for Fundulopanchax gardneri. Aquatic vegetation consists of only a few species, some plants are submerged only in the rainy season.

Jury votes:: 305.81

User votes:: 63.75

19. Autumn Underwater

Tasos Fassaris (Athens, Greece)
Aquarium Volume: 125 l
Aquarium Age: 4 months
Animals: Pelvicacrhomis sacrimontis ''green kribensis''
Plants: Surface plants
Biotope description: The aquarium was set up based on Southern Nigeria biotope, as close as it could be for these fish. Different types of wood, some anubia plants, coconut shells and fallen leaves on the substrate.

Jury votes:: 305.71

User votes:: 49.00

20. Volcano cave

Stavros Amanatidis (Thessaloniki, Greece)
Aquarium Volume: 320 l
Aquarium Age: 12 months
Animals: Labidocrhomis caeruleus (lion cove), Pseudotropheus maingano, Iodotropheus sprengerae, Pseudotropheus saulosi (red coral)
Plants: Anubias barteri
Biotope description: The aquarium was set up based on African Lake Malawi biotope. A lot of rocks (volcano stones from Santorini) 35 kg, good for mbunas, and some anubias among them, sea sand 20 kg (from Chalkidiki, Greece), who helps with Kh and Gh.

Jury votes:: 300.93

User votes:: 43.85

21. Colours of Africa

Robert Marcas (Ploiesti, Romania)
Aquarium Volume: 270 l
Aquarium Age: 1 year
Animals: Socolofi, Caeruleus, Hongi, Metriaclima Zebra, Acei
Biotope description: African Malawi Cichlid.

Jury votes:: 294.71

User votes:: 49.75

22. Deep water zone of Lake Tanganyika

Yuriy Chikhachyov (Saint Petersburg, Russia)
Aquarium Volume: 300 l
Aquarium Age: 2 years
Animals: Tropheus duboisi, Lamprologus leleupi, Cyphotilapia frontosa, Altolamprologus calvus "black", Julidochromis transcriptus, Julidochromis ornatus
Biotope description: The aquarium was set up based on a deep area biotope of Lake Tanganyika, with no aquatic plants and inhabited by fishes and shellfish. The natural decorations are sediments and volcanic rocks. On the bottom there is fine sand. When making the biotope the focus was made on the diversity of species of endemic cichlids (6 species).

Jury votes:: 281.12

User votes:: 45.79

23. Under the splitting rock

Artyom Filippov (Novosibirsk, Russia)
Aquarium Volume: 500 l
Aquarium Age: 20 months
Animals: Aulonocara nyassae, Copadichromis borleyi, Labidochromis caeruleus, Metriaclima estherae RR, Nimbochromis venustus, Metriaclima lombardoi, Melanochromis johanni, Metriaclima demasoni
Biotope description: These species of fishes live in Lake Malawi, which fills a deep depression in the earth between Mozambique and Tanzania, the third in area and the most southern of the Great Rift Valley lakes of East Africa. It is a biotope along the rocky coastal shoreline at a depth of 10-40 meters.

Jury votes:: 275.60

User votes:: 34.10

24. Malawi – rift lake

Alexander Kozhukhov (Kharabali, Russia)
Aquarium Volume: 320 l
Aquarium Age: 13 months
Animals: Labidochromis caeruleus, Metriaclima callainos "bright blue", Metriaclima estherae RR, Melanochromis chipokae, Pseudotropheus sp. acei "Itungi", Pseudotropheus demasoni
Plants: Anubias barteri
Biotope description: The aquarium was set up based on the biotope of Lake Malawi, Africa. Lake Malawi is one of the most important and most interesting sightseeings of the country. This body of water is home to about 500 species of fish and crustaceans, so that the country is considered one of the world's major centers of fishing tourism. Because of a large variety of fishes inhabiting the lake, scientists gave it another name: "home of aquarium fishes."

Jury votes:: 271.00

User votes:: 35.90

25. Nirvana

Spyros Stavropoulos (Serres, Greece)
Aquarium Volume: 450 l
Aquarium Age: 2 months
Animals: Metriaclima "zebra chilumba" Maison reef F2, Labidochromis caeruleus, Pseudotropheus acei
Plants: Anubias barteri var. barteri, Vallisneria americana
Biotope description: The aquarium setup is aimed at creating a biotope as close as possible to that of Lake Malawi, with the addition of some plants that may be found in certain parts of the lake.

Jury votes:: 265.84

User votes:: 37.69

26. Shallows and backwaters of the Congo River

Denis Rymar (Saint Petersburg, Russia)
Aquarium Volume: 250 l
Aquarium Age: 5 months
Animals: Steatocranus tinanti, Steatocranus casuarius, Poecilia reticulata
Plants: Natural Audouinella on the rocks and driftwood
Biotope description: The aquarium was set up based on the photographs of rapids of the Congo River. Guppies in the tank are not wild, unfortunately. In Africa guppies were also settled for malaria. In the aquarium there are two kinds of lion-headed cichlids: Steatocranus casuarius and S. tinanti.

Jury votes:: 251.96

User votes:: 39.50

27. Mini Tanganyika

Jose Angel Madrid Gonzalez (Madrid, Spain)
Aquarium Volume: 1 l
Aquarium Age: 6 months
Plants: Lilaeopsis novae-zelandiae
Biotope description: The initial idea was to make a mini with that aspect aquariums with African cichlids, Lake Tanganyika, more specifically the existence of plants. For decoration I used white sand and gray rocks on a dark blue background and 4w LED lighting. No filter so I do 50% weekly changes. This mini aquarium is a hobby that becomes training for the assembly of other higher learning to provide depth in tight spaces and choosing materials and plants appropriate to the size of the container.

Jury votes:: 218.55

User votes:: 35.90

Eurasia

1. Creek in Guangdong province, when time stops

Petra Bašić (Sveta Nedelja, Croatia)
Aquarium Volume: 385 l
Aquarium Age: 1 month
Animals: Tanichthys albonubes
Plants: Blyxa japonica, Rotala sp., Vesicularia dubyana and other riparium moss species, ferns
Biotope description: The aquarium was set up on regional exhibition, AkTer FEST. Its a non-profit volunteer Aquaristic and Terraristic themed exhibition. It main purpose was to educate visitors about natural habitat of Tanichthys albonubes, environmental threats and role of aquarium keeper in protection of endangered species. Aquarium presents fast and shallow creek, surrounded with marginal vegetation and fallen branches. Marginal stones are covered with moss species. There is also some Blyxa japonica and Rotala sp.

Jury votes:: 401.99

User votes:: 69.74

2. Malaysian peat swamp

Jakub Kijak (Zegrze, Poland)
Aquarium Volume: 243 l
Aquarium Age: 1 month
Animals: 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.

Jury votes:: 390.35

User votes:: 68.68

3. Marshy stream, Phang Nga province, southern Thailand

Sergey Veriga (Vladivostok, Russia)
Aquarium Volume: 300 l
Aquarium Age: 1 month
Animals: Trichogaster leeri, Trigonostigma heteromorpha
Plants: Limnophila indica, Ceratopteris cornuta, Egeria sp., Hydrocharis sp.
Biotope description: The auarium was set up based on the Phang Nga biotope, Southern Thailand. Bodies of water in the region are very much covered with vegetation, have silty bottom and little depth. Due to the large amounts of organic residues water often has a light brown color.

Jury votes:: 389.23

User votes:: 65.79

4. Under the waterfall of the forest river on Borneo

Anastasia Melnikova (Saint Petersburg, Russia)
Aquarium Volume: 65 l
Aquarium Age: 7 months
Animals: Gastromyzon scitulus, Homaloptera stephensoni, Homaloptera tweediei
Plants: Aridarum sp. Miri, Homalomena sp. Red Velvet , Piptospatha ridleyi, Bucephalandra motleyana, В. sp. Achilles, В. sp. athena, В. sp. Lawang Kuaki, Moss sp. East Kalimantan, Moss sp. Borneo
Biotope description: This aquarium was set up based on the river biotope of the rainforest state of Sarawak, Malaysia (Borneo), where a small waterfall with Bucephalandras, Piptospathas and other Araceae clung to the rocks is replaced with the moderate flowing river. The bottom of the river covered with stones of neutral shades and brownish-grayish sand under them. Water temperature is 24...28°C, pH is 7.5-8.0. There is no aquatic vegetation, but on the rocks along the banks and in the middle of the river bed many Araceae species grow emerged. Near the waterfall, under a strong stream, a variety of fish of the family Balitoridae lives. Some, e.g. Gastromyzons, even climb the steep walls of a waterfall in search of algae. On the quieter areas Homalopteras catch small animals.

Jury votes:: 379.17

User votes:: 63.08

5. Stiphodon river

Michael Reinke (St Martin de Clelles, France)
Aquarium Volume: 900 l
Aquarium Age: 12 months
Animals: Stiphodon percnopterygionus, Stiphodon semoni, Stiphodon ornatus, Sicyopterus macrostetholepis, Sanichthys albonubes, Yaoshania pachychilus
Plants: Lilaeopsis sp., Blyxa japonica, Bolbitis heudelotii, Cryptocoryne wendtii, Marsilea crenata, Divers moss
Biotope description: It is a habitat of asia, created for Stiphodon. There are many current and oxygenation to mimic a river. Gobies spend their days grazing microfauna was present on the stones, and are hiding under rocks.

Jury votes:: 373.65

User votes:: 61.54

6. Сoastal zone of Lake Matano

Natalia Zakharova (Saint Petersburg, Russia)
Aquarium Volume: 30 l
Aquarium Age: 5 months
Animals: Caridina dennerli, Tylomelania sp.
Plants: Lobelia dortmann
Biotope description: The aquarium is set up as the coastal zone biotope of Lake Matano. The lake of tectonic origin bhelongs to the Malili isolated system, located in the south of the island of Sulawesi in Indonesia. The water is very clear, visibility reaches up to 15-20 meters, warm up to 30 degrees even at a depth of 4 meters. There is not much algae in the lake, because of the low nutrition. On a fine yellow sand there are roots of trees. Among the alluvial stones there are Eriocaulon and Lymnocharus. The bottom is littered with Corbicula and Tylomelania shells. Among the stones there are Caridina dennerli. The water parameters of Lake Matano are unique, flora and fauna are studied very little, probably that's why endemic species of this biotope are not yet widely available in the aquaristic. Due to the inaccessibility of plants from the lake, I had to simulate Eriocaulon growing there with Lobelia dortmann.

Jury votes:: 370.05

User votes:: 62.56

7. The Summertime in a shallow North European pond

Zanda Sejane (Liepaja, Latvia)
Aquarium Volume: 243 l
Aquarium Age: 2 months
Animals: Carassius carassius, Lymnaea stagnalis, Bithynia tentaculata, Planorbis carinatus, Radix sp., Asellus aquaticus and other invertebrates
Plants: Nuphar lutea, Callitriche cophocarpa, Sparganium emersum, Potamogeton natans, Hottonia palustris, Utricularia vulgaris, Hydrocharis morsus-ranae, Lemna trisulca, Elodea canadensis, Ceratophyllum demersum
Biotope description: North European ponds in the summertime are teeming with life. This rich fauna and flora inspired me to reproduce a shallow stagnant aquatic habitat in the aquarium. All animals, plants, and decorations, including Elodea canadensis and Ceratophyllum demersum, have been collected from the Beberlini sand-pit in Latvia (coordinates: 56°33'52" N 21°1'10" E). Canadian Waterweed and Hornwort are invasive species in Latvia, but at present they are common in ponds, ditches, and lakes. I have, therefore, decided to use them in my tank.

Jury votes:: 368.17

User votes:: 64.25

8. The island of Borneo. Plungpool under a waterfall

Konstantin Pakhomov (Moscow, Russia)
Aquarium Volume: 250 l
Aquarium Age: 4 years
Animals: Poropanchax normani, Caridina japonica
Plants: Bucephalandra sp.
Biotope description: Aquarium is inspired by the expedition to the island of Borneo in February 2013. Plungpool under the waterfall in tropical jungle.

Jury votes:: 367.45

User votes:: 63.00

9. Privetnaya river

Vera Gladyshenko (Saint Petersburg, Russia)
Aquarium Volume: 220 l
Aquarium Age: 5 months
Animals: Salmo trutta
Plants: Fontinalis antipyretica
Biotope description: Privetnaya is a river in Russia, it flows through the Vyborg district of Leningrad region. It flows from the swamps of north-east Jäppilä into the Gulf of Finland near the village Privetnenskoe. The predominant flow direction is to the east. The river is 22 km long. Lamprey comes to the river for spawning, trout, stickleback, burbot live here. The bottom is rocky-sandy, the water is dark yellow, tea-colored, in the coastal zone the numerous caves of tree roots make shelter for fishes, pieces of pine branches form lots of driftwood under the water among the boulders.

Jury votes:: 367.00

User votes:: 67.69

10. Small pond in Indochina

Alexei Kovalyov (Saint Petersburg, Russia)
Aquarium Volume: 100 l
Aquarium Age: 1 month
Animals: Macropodus spechti, Macropodus sp.
Plants: Nymphaea rubra, Cryptocoryne ciliata, Cryptocoryne sp., Limnophila sessiliflora
Biotope description: Somewhere on the Indochina Peninsula in the lost pond, forgotten by everyone, there was a family of Macropodus spechti (Concolor). Who made this pond, no one remembered, was it excavated by order of the local tradesman to decorate the estate, or was it a part of a large lake. By local standards dim sun lit pond, Nymphaea rubra grew slowly, young Cryptocoryne ciliata and other Cryptocorynes were a little closer to the shore. The life in the pond was peaceful and slow, but one day a young Concolor female saw people with strange instruments on the banks of the pond. One person wore a large black hat. She hid in Limnophila sessiliflora, whose dissected leave tops almost reached the surface of the water, and watched...

Jury votes:: 354.50

User votes:: 46.41

11. Pond in the park area on the north of St. Petersburg

Svetlana Kirillova (Saint Petersburg, Russia)
Aquarium Volume: 40 l
Aquarium Age: 3 months
Animals: Perccottus glenii, Carassius carassius, Notonecta glauca
Plants: Potamogeton natans, Potamogeton pectinatus, Poligonum amphibium, Myriophilum spicatum, Ceratophillum demersum, Elodea canadensis, Carex sp.
Biotope description: The pond used as the prototype of the aquarium is large enough. Much of the coast is open to sunlight, but there are sites shaded by willows growing near the water. Dense coastal vegetation is a shelter for mallards and their ducklings. In the pond there are areas with sandy and clay bottom and areas covered with aquatic flora: different types of Potamogeton, Elodea, Myriophyllum, Ceratophyllum, Polygonum. The pond is home to various aquatic insects, molluscs and fishes, and the constant presence of the fishermen proves it.

Jury votes:: 345.20

User votes:: 58.20

12. Khwae Yai - the river of contrasts

Aliaksei Kirhizau (Babruysk, Belarus)
Aquarium Volume: 25 l
Aquarium Age: 4 months
Animals: Aplocheilus lineatus var. Gold
Plants: Pogostemon helferi, Vesicularia dubyana
Biotope description: The aquarium created based on the river Khwae Yai biotope, Thailand. Daily fluctuations in the water level of the river reach five meters. On some parts of the river there is rapid flow, rocky bottom. In such a place Pogostemon helferi was found for the first time, now it is an aquarium plant, which grows well both on the bottom of the river, and between the rocks, as well as emerged.

Jury votes:: 343.93

User votes:: 56.25

13. Stream in the forest of Sri Lanka

Anna Tetereva (Moscow, Russia)
Aquarium Volume: 170 l
Aquarium Age: 15 months
Animals: Danio malabaricus, Puntius titteya, Puntius nigrofasciatus
Plants: Cryptocoryne becketii, Cryptocoryne parva, Cryptocoryne wendtii, Microsorum pteropus
Biotope description: Koppiwater stream on Sri Lanka is a biotope surrounded by the tropical forests, which determines its underwater landscape. Located in a mountainous area, the stream has uneven rocky and sandy bottom covered with fallen leaves and sometimes with algae. Submerged tree roots are a favorite habitat for small barbs. Closer to the surface the water is inhabited by zebrafishes. Along the banks of the stream Cryptocorynes grow, forming a continuous carpet.

Jury votes:: 342.17

User votes:: 56.41

14. Forest stream with slow flow in the river Jelai-Bila

Yuriy Shamkalovich (Minsk, Belarus)
Aquarium Volume: 40 l
Aquarium Age: 1 month
Animals: Parosphromenus opallios, Sundadanio sp.
Plants: Cryptocoryne ciliata, Cryptocoryne cordata, Cryptocoryne griffithii, Microsorum pteropus, Ophiopogon sp.
Biotope description: The aquarium was set up based on a forest stream biotope of the river Jelai-Bila, Sukamara, Central Kalimantan, Indonesia. The stream slowly flows through the wetland and goes around the tree roots. Its bottom is covered with fallen leaves. Sunlight barely penetrates through the leaves and branches. Water is typically dark colored with humic acids and other organic products, with low minerals and pH 3.0 or 4.0.

Jury votes:: 339.10

User votes:: 55.00

15. Southeast Thailand

Paweł Pomian (Wrocław, Poland)
Aquarium Volume: 140 l
Aquarium Age: 3 months
Animals: Kryptopterus vitreolus, Trigonostigma espei, Trichogaster leerii
Plants: Cryptocoryne sp., Sagittaria sp., Pistia stratiotes and other
Biotope description: The aquarium was set up based on Southeast Thailand biotope. Gently flowing forest streams with aquatic plants grow thickly. Such environments contain soft, weakly acidic to neutral water and are often dimly-lit due to dense marginal vegetation and the forest canopy above. Film of the aquarium: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=vdVgPDw_4Yk

Jury votes:: 338.94

User votes:: 51.05

16. Ussuri River. Among the debris of the Ussuri region

Vyacheslav Veriga (Vladivostok, Russia)
Aquarium Volume: 300 l
Aquarium Age: 1 month
Animals: Pelteobagrus fulvidraco, Rhodeus sericeus, Acanthorhodeus sp., Phoxinus lagowskii, Gobio gobio cynocephalus, Leuciscus waleckii
Biotope description: The aquarium was set up based on a biotope of middle reaches of the Ussuri River. At this point, the river flows through the Ussuri taiga. The flow is calm, however, during the typhoons that come almost every year in the beginning of August, the water level rises to 5.2 meters and the river turns into a wild stream bearing trunks of huge trees that grow along the banks of the Ussuri River and its tributaries.

Jury votes:: 336.60

User votes:: 63.33

17. Backwater in the forest of Sri Lanka

Mikhail Golomysov (Moscow, Russia)
Aquarium Volume: 140 l
Aquarium Age: 9 months
Animals: Puntius nigrofasciatus, Puntius titteya, Puntius ticto, Puntius conchonius
Plants: Bacopa monnieri, Cryptocoryne wendtii sp., Cryptocoryne beckettii, Limnophila sessiliflora, Nymphaea lotus, Rotala rotundifolia, Vesicularia dubyana
Biotope description: It is a biotope with barbs that inhabit fresh waters of Sri Lanka and southern India. Despite the bright tropical sun, many streams and backwaters of the island of Sri Lanka are shaded by forest vegetation and rich swamp flora, e.g. Cryptocorynes. In these shady cool waters endemic barbs found their niche, some are well known among aquarists, such as P. nigrofasciatus and P. titteya.

Jury votes:: 336.00

User votes:: 49.21

18. North shore of Lake Inle

Blazej Berner (Lodz, Poland)
Aquarium Volume: 119 l
Aquarium Age: 26 months
Animals: Channa gachua sp. Inle Lake
Plants: Vallisneria asiatica, Vallisneria spiralis, several species of Cryptocoryne, Pistia stratiotes, Lemna minor, Microsorum "Narrow Leaf"
Biotope description: Aquarium was created for Betta unimaculata, but with the passage of time and my development I headed toward typical biotope tanks. My love to Channa species motivated me to make the natural environment as much as I can. It's hard to find specific materials with photos of Inle Lake. I supported with publications, I watched behavior of these fish and planted species as similar as possible to those that grow there to make perfect environment for my Channa. They repay me with health, proper growth and spawning. They are young and they still are learning how to produce offspring. The tank is a flooded shore with wood imitating the roots of trees. There are rinsed logs simulating hiding places for fish, a lot of grassy vegetation and Cryptocorynes. I put floating plants for fish comfort. Floating hollow log is perfect for male gachua in order to incubate roe himself. Everything for sense of comfort and calm. In addition to Channa I have also several species of Anabantoidei and Cryptocoryne collection.

Jury votes:: 334.71

User votes:: 59.21

19. Malaysia. Borneo swamp

Anton Lamboj (Pottendorf, Austria)
Aquarium Volume: 60 l
Aquarium Age: 2 years
Animals: Betta ocellata
Plants: Microsorum pteropus
Biotope description: The small aquarium is for breeding Bettas, at moment B. ocellata. It is built like some shore area in a Malaysian or Borneo creek. Like all my tanks more simple, but also in these creeks, often plants are just on the outer edge (like the Microsorum on left slide) and in the middle just stones, sand, and some branches or roots.

Jury votes:: 327.60

User votes:: 46.84

20. Forest stream in Southern Thailand

Airat Ismagilov (Tyumen, Russia)
Aquarium Volume: 20 l
Aquarium Age: 11 months
Animals: Rasbora espei
Plants: Cryptocoryne affinis, Cryptocoryne willisii "lucens", Cryptocoryne parva, Microsorum pteropus, Lomariopsis lineata, Vallisneria nana
Biotope description: The part of a small forest stream with slow flow. Dense aquatic vegetation. Mostly Cryptocorynes and ferns. The latter can grow on driftwood. At the bottom there are fallen leaves. The water is soft, often slightly acidic. The water is dimly lit. Rasboras live In such conditions.

Jury votes:: 316.78

User votes:: 44.62

21. Bornéo

Emmanuel Bultel (Calais, France)
Aquarium Volume: 200 l
Aquarium Age: 1 month
Animals: Boraras brigitae, Rasbora espei, Beaufortia kweichowensis
Plants: Pogostemon helferi, Pogostemon stelata, Elochearis sp., Vallisneria gigantea austral, Microsorum pteropus, Cryptocoryne wendtii brown
Biotope description: The aquarium is set up based on a Borneo biotope with driftwood, both banks of a river.

Jury votes:: 315.86

User votes:: 47.44

22. Meilun – the river flowing between mountains and forests

Anna Burkaltseva (Simferopol, Ukraine)
Aquarium Volume: 44 l
Aquarium Age: 1 month
Animals: Neocaridina heteropoda
Plants: Taxiphyllum alternans, Vallisneria spiralis
Biotope description: The aquarium was set up based on Meilun river biotope, Taiwan. Only here you can see an exceptionally beautiful chines created by a mountain stream in the rocks of marble and granite, surrounded by lush vegetation. The river is calm, it flows between the foot of the mountains and the forest reserve Beibin. Its bottom and shore covered with stones rolled down from the mountains into the river, as well as with debris and driftwood near the roots of growing trees, covered with moss. And in the coastal part there is a lot а Vallisneria.

Jury votes:: 311.12

User votes:: 44.87

23. Rain forest

Martina Chválová (Teplice, Czech Republic)
Aquarium Volume: 300 l
Aquarium Age: 8 months
Animals: Puntius titeya, Crossocheilus retikulatus, Epalzeorhynchos kalopterus, Hyphessobrycon amandae, Caridina japonica, Trigonostigma heteromorpha
Plants: Alternathera reinecki mini, Ammannia sp.bonsai, Anubias barteri var. nana, Cryptocoryne parva, Microsorum pteropus-trident, Monosolenium tenerum, Pogostemon erectus, Proserpinaca palustris cuba, Rotala rotundifolia, Staurogyne repens, Taiwan moss (Taxiphyllum alternans), Weeping moos (Vesiclaria ferriei), Bolbitis heteroclita difformis, Hydrocotyle tripartita, Riccia fluitans, Blyxa japonica
Biotope description: The aquarium should mimic forests that are located in a belt around the equator, south-east Asia.

Jury votes:: 309.59

User votes:: 52.25

24. The Bukit Barisan – on the ridge slopes

Artyom Filippov (Novosibirsk, Russia)
Aquarium Volume: 285 l
Aquarium Age: 10 months
Animals: Crossocheilus siamensis, Otocinclus affinis, Rasbora espei, Neocaridina denticulata Red Cherry
Plants: Nomaphila stricta, Vallisneria nana, Microsorum pteropus (Blume) Ching, Eleocharis sp., Lobelia cardinalis, Staurogyne sp.
Biotope description: The aquarium is set up based on the river biotope of the Bukit Barisan, Indonesia. In the east, along the coast, there is the world's biggest tropical swamp. On the banks there are dense growths of Nomaphila and a variety of ferns covering fallen branches, and along the open sunny coast there is tiny Eleocharis.

Jury votes:: 304.63

User votes:: 54.25

25. Under the bridge over a forest stream in Udmurtia

Andrei Glukhov (Izhevsk, Russia)
Aquarium Volume: 60 l
Aquarium Age: 3 months
Animals: Phoxinus phoxinus, Barbatula barbatula, Gobio gobio, Orconectes palmeri
Plants: Vallisneria sp., Ceratophyllum sp., Elodea sp.
Biotope description: My biotope is not a copy of the exact structure of the local river, but still I'm trying to recreate this underwater world. The river flows slowly, sometimes fast, is not broad and not very deep. Water has a golden-brown color. Vegetation is not very rich, but the number of fish species is surprising. Only occasionally you can come across Elodea, Ceratophyllum, etc.

Jury votes:: 291.64

User votes:: 33.00

26. Swamp on the island of Phu Quoc. Vietnam

Vyacheslav Smirnov (Krasnogorsk, Russia)
Aquarium Volume: 19 l
Aquarium Age: 1 month
Animals: Betta splendens
Plants: Rotala sp. Vietnam, Microsorum pteropus
Biotope description: The aquarium was set up based on the story of an aquarist from Moscow, who visited the island of Phu Quoc. In the aquarium there is a fairly large part of the coastal marshes, located deep in the forest of the island. On the curved coasts of the marshes there are trees, grass and ferns. Near the coast Betta splendens can be seen hiding under the leaves of ferns.

Jury votes:: 290.34

User votes:: 46.41

27. La Charca

Madrid Gonzalez (Madrid, Spain)
Aquarium Volume: 1 l
Aquarium Age: 5 months
Plants: Bryum Moss and Agrostis sp.
Biotope description: This is the shore of a pond where we find mosses and other plants. For decoration I used white sand and black rocks to the bottom of the pond and 4w LED lighting. No filter so I do 50% weekly changes. This mini aquarium is a hobby that becomes training for the assembly of other higher learning to provide depth in tight spaces and choosing materials and plants appropriate to the size of the container.

Jury votes:: 272.53

User votes:: 40.26

28. Thailand betta

George Pantazopoulos (Athens, Greece)
Aquarium Volume: 60 l
Aquarium Age: 9 months
Animals: Betta splendens
Plants: Eichhornia crassipes, Cabomba, Hydrocotyle leucocephala
Biotope description: Has low flow, many plants. The PH is low (about 5-6).

Jury votes:: 269.34

User votes:: 43.16

29. South Asian Swamps, Solstice

Roman Brazgin (Novosibirsk, Russia)
Aquarium Volume: 395 l
Aquarium Age: 6 months
Animals: Microgeophagus ramirezi
Plants: Crinum calamistratum, Microsorum pteropus, Mycrosorum pteropus nerrow leaf, Blyxa japonica
Biotope description: Aquarium is set up on its own. When water moves the whole mass is swaying elegantly.

Jury votes:: 216.06

User votes:: 32.56

Australia & Oceania

1. Small tributary of the Mamberamo River

Vera Gladyshenko (Saint Petersburg, Russia)
Aquarium Volume: 60 l
Aquarium Age: 5 months
Animals: Melanotaenia preacox
Plants: Microsorum pteropus, Nymphaea sp., Vallisneria nana
Biotope description: Mamberamo is a river on the north-west New Guinea island, in the Indonesian province of Papua. The valley of the Mamberamo River is home to many indigenous peoples of New Guinea, including those who previously had no contact with Western civilization. It is also known for its great biodiversity. Poorly studied region, where except the first researcher Franssen Herderschee Heiko Bleher came with his team. The biotope was reconstructed using the results of his research. River bottom is covered with white sand, driftwood, there are ferns Microsorum pteropus, Nymphaea here.

Jury votes:: 361.70

User votes:: 57.10

2. Near the tributary of the Lorentz River

Nicolay Muzhichuk (Khmelnytskyi, Ukraine)
Aquarium Volume: 60 l
Aquarium Age: 2 months
Animals: Melanotaenia ogilbyi
Plants: Ceratophyllum sp., Microsorum pteropus, Vallisneria spiralis, Staurogyne repens, Nephrolepsis biserrata
Biotope description: The aquarium was set up based on a tributary biotope of the Lorentz River that flows to the north of Timika, West Papua. Tributaries calmly flow into the Lorenz River, which is one of the largest slow-flowing river in the southern lowlands of West Papua and into the sea. The river flows through several major wetland biotopes, including freshwater marshes, forests, peat swamps and mangroves. Slowly flowing through the rainforest, this is not wide and deep river has surprisingly rich aquatic vegetation. Along the shore Ceratophyllum grows with Vallisneria, which covers the small Staurogyne and other lower plants from the sun, creating a peaceful place. Some plant species are semi-aquatic. Nephrolepsis leaves hanging over the water, like the branches of palm trees leaning over the coolness of the water wanting to dip into its transparent moist. And only Melanotaenias like fireflies in pursuit of sunbeams contribute the dynamics of life to this tranquility.

Jury votes:: 359.50

User votes:: 52.56

3. Сoastal area of the Kamusi River

Yuriy Shamkalovich (Minsk, Belarus)
Aquarium Volume: 40 l
Aquarium Age: 1 month
Animals: Tateurndina ocellicauda
Plants: Marsilea quadrifolia, Microsorum pteropus, Nymphoides sp. Flipper, Rotala rotundifolia, Hydrocotyle tripartita
Biotope description: The aquarium was set up based on the coastal area biotope of the Kamusi River.

Jury votes:: 338.34

User votes:: 54.87

4. Backwater of mouth of the forest river, which flows into Lake Sentani in Papua New Guinea

Arseniy Kukushkin (Moscow, Russia)
Aquarium Volume: 170 l
Aquarium Age: 2 years
Animals: Glossolepis incisus
Plants: Vallisneria spiralis, Cryptocoryne wendtii, Riccia fluitans, Ceratopteris thalictroides, Microsorum pteropus
Biotope description: The aquarium shows the backwater of the mouth of the forest river, which flows into Lake Sentani from the south. To the south of Lake Sentani there are hills with stone ridges covered with forests. Near the mouth aquatic vegetation grows, getting nutrients brought by the river, and light from the water surface illuminated by the sun.

Jury votes:: 335.64

User votes:: 57.10

5. Backwater of a small forest river on the island of New Guinea

Vladimir Shvedov (Moscow, Russia)
Aquarium Volume: 170 l
Aquarium Age: 1 year
Animals: Cherax quadricarinatus (femella), Melanotaenia boesemani, Glossolepis multisquamatus
Plants: Microsorum pteropus, Vallisneria, Ceratophyllum
Biotope description: This aquarium was set up based on a bakwater biotope of a small forest river on the island of New Guinea. Because of the large number of snags and leaves at the bottom of the river, the water is dark in color. The flow is very slow, so here there are species of microscopic algae that do not need a lot of sunlight. They also help to moderate the growth of algae on the bottom driftwood. This river does not surprisу with diversity of plant species. In the backwater such species as Vallisneria and Ceratophyllum feel great. There is also short Java fern here. As inhabitantas only two big Melanotaenias and red claw crayfish should be mentioned. On the bottom there are fine gravel and sand.

Jury votes:: 335.47

User votes:: 56.32

6. Small forest lake in Northern Australia

Airat Ismagilov (Tyumen, Russia)
Aquarium Volume: 20 l
Aquarium Age: 10 months
Animals: Pseudomugil gertrudae
Plants: Bacopa monnieri, Lomariopsis lineata, Glossostigma elatinoides
Biotope description: A small wetland forest lake with clear water. Along the coast in shallow waters there is aquatic vegetation. The bootom is silty. At the bottom there are roots and branches of submerged trees. Water is usually acidic. In almost every such body of water you can find small rainbowfihes, for example, Pseudomugil gertrudae.

Jury votes:: 299.29

User votes:: 36.92

7. Small river in the rain forest, Papua New Guinea

Tamara Davidova (Yalta, Ukraine)
Aquarium Volume: 16 l
Aquarium Age: 1 month
Animals: Tateurndina ocellicauda
Plants: Vallisneria nana
Biotope description: Small rivers of the Sepik River basin flow through the surrounding rain forest on sandy bed with small rounded stones. Here Tateurndina ocellicauda forms small flocks near the bottom.

Jury votes:: 288.67

User votes:: 45.95

Comments

Accepting of entries is closed. Enjoy!

Best aquariums...!

Good luck everybody

some awesome entries...best of luck everybody...

Good luck everybody

nice tanks

a lot of colors the best aquarium is.....
good luck to every body!!!!!!

good luck to every body!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Good Luck to all of you my friend!!!!!!!!
Very beauty tanks with realy biotope coditions.

Good luck to everyone!
 

Partly - beautifull! :)
Partly - some of tanks shall not to be added to contest by jury. If we compare f.e. size of tanks and size of fishes inside.. but is more reason, of course.
But, good luck to comptetitors, and more - to jury.
 

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Good luck to everyone!
Tomasci you have right ;)

There are few fine presentations. However many tanks are to small for species that live in them.

The best of luck to all of them!!!

Lots of beautiful aquariums, but many of them are newer than 1 month. I'm not sure that all of these aquariums can survive for long periods. Aquarists know that large amounts of decaying organics such as fallen leaves and twigs are causing problems with ammonia and other nitrogen compounds. One aquarium of the South American category might be my favorite in this contest, it has a perfect design and it creates a very realistic impression of the habitat, but the hay-like grass will start to rot after a few days.  :(

Dry leaves or grass can hold in aquarium about 3 months. Then you can put in another.

I agree with you that placing a small amount of pine needles, catappa, oak or other leaves in an aquarium won’t cause problems. But what the koi pond would look like in spring if you do not remove fallen leaves from it in autumn?
One of the ways to culture infusoria is placing a hay in the water. Within a few days, bacteria will begin to decompose the grass and the water will become cloudy.
I’ve tried several times to put different organic materials collected from a pond and ditch in my aquariums, but often it ends up with stinking water and me throwing all that out. Especially if I do not remove the bark from the tree branches. Reasonable amount of dried leaves or dried branches do not create any problems, but  I would suggest to be careful when having any ideas of placing organic materials (grass, hay, leaves, bark, twigs) in the aquarium.

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Very nice tanks! 
South America biotopes are my choice :)

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very nice tanks!!!!

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good luck to everybody!

I agree my friend,very nice tanks

Good luck to you all

Very nice tanks!
Good luck to everybody!
To 12 To 12

Good luck to all!!! 

Good luck....

very nice good luck

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Good luck to you all

Good luck guys!

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Good luck to you all

good lack to all

good lack to all !

the best aquarium...congratulations my friend sakis

good luck to all

good luck to everybody!

nice aquariums,,,,good luck