bam medium level

Arroyo “Santa Agueda” Papantla, Veracruz, Mexico

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Mexico, Veracruz, Papantla

The protagonist of the biotope aquarium decorated by Manuel Chávez, is Herichthys tepehua. Together with a school of Astyanax mexicanus coexisting in harmony to the point of reaching the reproduction of cichlids.

Submitted by
Victor Manuel Chavez Morales
Approved by
Juan Miguel Artigas Azas & Jairo Arroyave
GPS
20.5361176, -97.3186951
Geographical region
Central America
Drainage Basin
Santa Agueda
River catchment
Rio Tenixtepec
Water body type
Stream
Water body name
Arroyo Santa Agueda
Water body part
Channel
Water body course
Lower course
Water body: tributary of
River
Tributary name
Rio Tenixtepc

Videos above and below water

Water Chemistry

Water information

Water type
Fresh water
Water color
Clear water
Water transparency
Medium
Concentration of sediments
Low
Water temperature
28 °C
Water flow/curent
Slow

Chemical parameters

pH
7.5
Conductivity
550
GH
140 mg/l
KH
160 mg/l
Dissolved Oxygen
82.5 %

Aquarium information

Aquarium description

Set-up date
February 2020
Aquarium decoration

The aquarium is decorated with a fallen trunk on a rocky substrate and some leaves, in addition to aquatic plants, it has a slow flow and there it contains 4 Herichthys tepehua, 10 Astyanax mexicanus and 4 Poecilia mexicana.

Aquarium equipment

Sunny 1000 double output waterfall filter with its filtering loads and the lighting for the most part is natural and it only has two 10-watt LED bulbs.

Fish care

The fish in the aquarium have several shelters created by the trunk and the rocks themselves, in addition to the shelter provided by the plants.

Fishes:

  • Herichthys tepehua 4
  • Astyanax mexicanus 10
  • Poecilia mexicana 4
Plant care

The plants are Cabombas, Egerias, Hygrophils and Ludwigias that give shelter to the fingerlings of the Poecilidae.

Plants:

  • Cabomba palaeformis  5
  • Ludwigia repens 4
  • Higrophila polysperma 10
  • Egeria densa 6
Water care

The temperature remains optimal because our area is warm, the same happens with the pH of the water 7.5 is the alkalinity of the drinking water of the city.

Dimensions

Length
120 cm
Depth
40 cm
High
50 cm
Volume
240 L

Substrate in aquarium

Sand
Grey
Pebble/Gravel
Grey
Stone
Grey
Stone form
Roundish
Silt/Mud
no
Leaves
Few
Driftwood
Many
Submerged terrestrial vegetation
Yes

Bibliography

  • 1973 - Ecology of the vegetation of veracruz by Gomez Pompa
  • 1990 - Tesis. analisis taxonomico y zoogeogrfico de los peces de la zona norte y centro del Estado de Veracruz, Mexico by Hortecia Obregon Barbosa

Sitography

→ JBL

Comment by the expert

Juan Miguel Artigas Azas: The aquarium is very appealing and as close to nature as it could be, really beautifully made. There is however not a very detail description on how to replicate it. It is beautifully made. The main problem I see with this aquarium is that it may not be sustainable in the long run, since the aquarium is small for four Herichthys tepehua to live together, at one point in time, three of them will succumb to aggression.

Jairo Arroyave: BAM is aesthetically pleasant, as shown in the video and high-quality photographs. Furthermore, BAM appears to be an accurate representation of the BIN, except for including only a portion of the original biodiversity present in the BIN (particularly of fishes). Nonetheless, the BAM excels at displaying beautifully important components of the BIN. The Herichthys tepehua with fry was certainly a nice addition. Aquarium information offered to recreate the BAM appears adequate and sufficient.