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Small creek near Pobreza Stream, Peru

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Peru, Loreto, Requena province

This aquarium represents an acid blackwater creek, located in a low-lying forest area known as igapó, with pure water with low levels of salts and nutrients, 6 km from the main course of Rio Blanco. Forests are growing on white sands and the bottom of the creek is covered with a fine layer of leaf litter and organic material and shallow-soil roots that limit erosion and retain nutrients and salts necessary for plants and animals.

This aquarium shows a very common natural habitat, but one of the most favourite aquarium fish – Paracheirodon innesi, known as Neon tetra.

Submitted by
Jan Šulc
Approved by
Roberto Reis, Francesco Denitto & Donald C. Taphorn
GPS
-5.9610000, -73.7509995
Geographical region
South America
Drainage Basin
Amazon basin
River catchment
Rio Ucayali
Water body type
Creek
Water body name
Small creek near Pobreza stream
Water body part
Water body course
Lower course
Water body: tributary of
Rio
Tributary name
Blanco

Videos above and below water

Water Chemistry

Water information

Water type
Fresh water
Water color
Black water
Water transparency
Medium
Concentration of sediments
No
Water temperature
25 °C
Water flow/curent
Slow

Chemical parameters

pH
6.3
Conductivity
30
GH
4 mg/l
KH
6 mg/l
Dissolved Oxygen

Aquarium information

Aquarium description

Set-up date
October 2020
Aquarium decoration

As you can see, there are roots and branches to represent dwarf white-sand forest and provide shelter for fishes. On the bottom is white fine sand with a layer of leaf litter. On the surface flows Limnobium laevigatum and Pistia stratiotes. And one Sapucaia nut on the bottom as well.

Aquarium equipment
  • External filter Tetra Tec EX 800 Plus – 790l/h
  • Aquael 100 Watt heater
  • 2x 10 Watt LED spotlight – 4000K, 800 lm
Fish care

Fishes:

  • Paracheirodon innesi (17)
  • Thayeria boehlkei (10)
  • Carnegiella strigata (5)
Plant care

Plants:

  • Limnobium laevigatum
  • Pistia stratiotes
Water care

Water changes are done once a month at 30% with RO water. And once a week I add KNO3 to water, because nitrate values are very low.

Dimensions

Length
100 cm
Depth
40 cm
High
40 cm
Volume
160 L

Substrate in aquarium

Sand
Beige
Pebble/Gravel
None
Stone
None
Stone form
Silt/Mud
None
Leaves
Adundant
Driftwood
Few
Submerged terrestrial vegetation
No