Upper Candelaria River. Jungle area near the River bank, Mexico—biotope by Lee Nuttall of the UK.

Organizers of the international Biotope Aquarium Design Contest have just announced the winners for 2017, with excellent profiles of the most outstanding tanks and comments by the impressive jury who evaluated the entries. For example, this amazing effort that was awarded 2nd place, the Silver Trophy and Photography Prize.

The contest is sponsored by JBL.de, the German aquarium equipment company.

This 150-gallon tank with a pair of spawning Montecristo Cichlids can be seen in a very nicely produced YouTube Video:

Volume: 576 litres
Dimensions: 160x 60 x 60 cm
List of fishes: 2 x Oscura heterospila, 7 x Poecilia Mexicana (female)
List of plants: N/A
Description of decorations: sand and fine gravel mix with a scattering of beech tree leaves. River boulders and cobbles, Wood is a mixture of locally collected beech and oak wood
Description of equipment: EHEIM classic 600 with both biological and mechanical filtration, 1 x Arcadia T8 38w freshwater lamp, EHEIM thermocontrol 250 heater
Water parameters: Temperature 27c- 80.6f, pH 7.5, Ammonia 0ppm, Nitrite 0ppm, Nitrate 20ppm, GH 18

Aquarist: Lee Nuttall, United Kingdom.
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