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Duck Creek, Wisconsin, USA

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United States, Wisconsin, Brown County

Suspended in 254 is a recreation of the Duck Creek on a micro scale. The base of the tank is mud scooped from the river, the substrate is essentially alive as it hosts hundreds of small bugs and critters that the fish and invertebrate can snack on. The focal point of the setup is a submerged log that provides plenty of cover for its finned inhabitants. Beneath the log are several medium to large sized rocks that the crayfish have turned into shelters.

Along the sides of the tank are cattails and pampas grass iconic plants to the Duck Creek and Green Bay wetlands. The rest is filled in with other underwater vegetation, and fragments of wood and stones. The water surface hosts multiple small types of vegetation like Duckweed
Duck creek was the body of water that facilitated not only my interest in fishing but the study and keeping of fish as well as other freshwater Invertebrates.

Submitted by
Luke Manty
Approved by
Fritz Rohde & Lawrence Kent
44.5618782, -88.0623932
Geographical region
Northern America
Drainage Basin
Green Bay
River catchment
Duck Creek
Water body type
Water body name
Duck Creek
Water body part
Marsh land
Water body course
Lower course
Water body: tributary of
Tributary name
Duck Creek

Videos above and below water

Water Chemistry

Water information

Water type
Fresh water
Water color
Clear water
Water transparency
Concentration of sediments
Water temperature
21 °C
Water flow/curent

Chemical parameters

Dissolved Oxygen

Aquarium information

Aquarium description

Set-up date
April, 23
Aquarium decoration

The base of the tank is river mud that was scooped from the same spot I collected my water sample. The substrate was supplemented with small rocks and sticks that not only provides visual diversity but keeps the substrate “together.”

Larger rocks and waterlogged wood pieces were later added to provide cover for the crayfish and small minnows. The right side of the tank boasts a large piece of driftwood that is wedged between the glass right below the water’s surface. It has a floating effect that was meant to be temporary but remained unchanged.

Although not necessarily decoration as it is alive, the left side of the tank is made up of a forest of cattails and pampas grass, with weeds filling in the rest.

Aquarium equipment

2x 108 GPH canister filters are hanging on the side with a 120 GPH wave maker that is kept at a gentle setting for food distribution and water temperature. This also simulates the flow of a slow river current. Above the tank is a 15W light for the water and a 30W light bar above that for the vegetation that extends out of the water.


  • Micropterus dolomieu (Centrarchidae) – smallmouth bass
  • Perca flavescens (Percidae) – yellow perch
  • Percina caprodes (Percidae) – common logperch
  • Lepomis macrochirus (Centrarchidae) – bluegill


  • Faxonius rusticus (Cambaridae) – rusty crayfish

Wetland plant:

  • Typha latifolia (Latifolia) – broadleaf cattail
  • Cortaderia selloana (Poaceae) – pampas grass
  • Cortaderia selloana (Lemnaceae)– pampas grass
  • Salvinia minima (Salviniaceae)
Fish care

12 hours of light per day, feeding on redworms, wax worms, frozen bloodworms, and mosquito larvae. Fed twice a day. There are also organisms constantly emerging from the mud that are turned into quick snacks by the fish.

Plant care

12 hours of light per day.

Water care

10% weekly water changes, kept between 20-24°C.


92 cm
46 cm
61 cm
254 L

Substrate in aquarium

Stone form
Submerged terrestrial vegetation

Comment by the expert

Lawrence Kent: Realistic representation of the biotope, especially appreciate living mud substrate and emblematic plant species, great job!

Fritz Rohde: While not visually all that pleasing it does capture the biotope. I’m impressed out the subsrate (mud) is kept fairly intact and doesn’t cover everything. Also impressed keeping a Logperch alive in this setup. Video was short.