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Floodplain Pond, Río Tomo, Vichada, Colombia

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Colombia, Vichada, Puerto Carreño

The Apistogramma hongsloi trio family lives in the aquarium. Based on images from the area, it was intended to mimic this small habitat of this cichlid. This wetland in the province of Vichada was chosen as the inspiration for establishing this aquarium. The aquarium and the materials inside are carefully placed so that the Apistogramma hongsloi can live in peace.

Submitted by
Arif Hikmet Başeğmez
Approved by
Roberto E. Reis, Pablo C. Lehmann and Flávio Lima
GPS
5.5144162, -68.3265991
Geographical region
South America
Drainage Basin
Río Orinoco
River catchment
Río Tomo
Water body type
Wetland
Water body name
Vichada flood pond
Water body part
Flood plain
Water body course
Water body: tributary of
Tributary name

Videos above and below water

Water Chemistry

Water information

Water type
Fresh water
Water color
Mixed water
Water transparency
Medium
Concentration of sediments
Medium
Water temperature
27 °C
Water flow/curent
Slow

Chemical parameters

pH
6.5
Conductivity
85
GH
2 mg/l
KH
0
Dissolved Oxygen

Aquarium information

Aquarium description

Set-up date
July, 23
Aquarium decoration

Every material used in the aquarium has been collected from Nature. Fine grained quartz sand in gray hues was used on the ground. Dry reeds and reed leaves collected from nature to represent the flooded reed area, dry tree branches and dry grass that will form sediment on the ground have been collected and each one has been carefully included in the composition to make it resemble a habitat.

While arranging the composition, care was taken to ensure that it was natural enough to activate the natural behaviors and instincts of the fish. Peat was used in the filter to lightly stain the water with tannin. I used my drawing skills to create the depth in the background.

Aquarium equipment
  • Nitrate, biological sponge and peat were used at Seachem in an Eden 501 brand filter.
  • Since it is summer, there is no heater.
  • Lighting is provided by a 10w 1200 lm led projector.

Fish:

  • Apistogramma hongsloi

Aquatic plant:

  • Helantium tenellum
Fish care

In order to protect the health of the fish, water parameters are checked at regular intervals. Live and quality dry feeds are provided. Water temperature and water parameters are kept in accordance with the natural environment of these cichlids. Breeding and hiding areas were created for fish. Plants and botanicals were arranged so that they could show the natural behavior.

Plant care

The plants are fed with minerals from the water and nitrogenous compounds left over from the fish food.

Water care

I do water changes by checking the water parameters. I use a mixture of 15-20% RO and tap water once a week or every two weeks. This is how water values ​​in the natural environment are reached.

Dimensions

Length
50 cm
Depth
35 cm
High
32 cm
Volume
56 L

Substrate in aquarium

Sand
Grey
Pebble/Gravel
None
Stone
None
Stone form
Silt/Mud
Leaves
Many
Driftwood
Few
Submerged terrestrial vegetation