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#5879 Forest Stream, Mato Grosso do Sul, Coxim, Brazil

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Brazil, Mato Grosso do Sul, Coxim

The videos shot by Tai Strietman in the state of Mato Grosso have always inspired me. Seeing a video of a habitat, where black neon tetras and my favorite Apistogramma trifasciata live together encouraged me to set-up a biotope. I created a small riparian biotope that flows into the Taquari river west of the town of Coxim. I’m looking at the Apistogramma trifasciata and the black neons Hyphessobrycon herbertaxelrodi together.

Submitted by
Arif Hikmet Başeğmez
GPS
-18.4822445, -54.7792587
Geographical region
South America
Drainage Basin
Paraguay river
River catchment
Taquari river
Water body type
Creek
Water body name
Rio Verde de Mato Grosso
Water body part
Rapids
Water body course
Headwaters
Water body: tributary of
Rio
Tributary name
Taquari

Videos above and below water

Water Chemistry

Water information

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

Chemical parameters

pH
6.7
Conductivity
180
GH
5 mg/l
KH
1 mg/l
Dissolved Oxygen

Aquarium information

Aquarium description

Set-up date
February, 2022
Aquarium decoration

As I saw in the reference videos, I used fine light sand, dry leaves and bushes, tree roots collected from Nature on the ground. All materials are collected from Nature and are similar to biotope.

Tree roots and dry botanicals released into the water from the creek make up the theme. First, the roots in the ground were prepared, and then the horizontal roots were positioned from right to left. By adding dry bushes on these roots, naturalness was increased. Dry leaves and botanicals were added to the ground and sediment was formed.

Aquarium equipment
  • Filtering is provided by the Dophin cf-300 500/H system.
  • There are biological media, JBL active tormec peat and sponge in the filter.
  • Lighting is provided by 15w smd led.
  • Since the water temperature is 26-27°C, the heater is not used.
Fish care

I regularly feed my fish with live food and protein-focused quality dry food. Biofilms on the ground and on wood also form natural nutrients; especially for juvenile Apistogramma trifasciata. There is plenty of hiding space in the aquarium for the fry, so they are easily hidden from the attacks of the black neon tetras with the help of their parents.

Fishes:

  • Apistogramma trifasciata (Cichlidae)
  • Hyphessobrycon herbertaxelrodi (Characidae)
Plant care

I do not follow a special care routine for plants. They take the minerals that are missing with water changes.

Aquatic plants:

  • Eleocharis minima (Cyperaceae)
  • Hydrocharis laevigata (Hydrocharitaceae)
Water care

By measuring the toxic nitrogens (Nitrite/Nitrate) in the water, I keep the concentration levels under control. I do water changes when 10mg of nitrate is formed. I change the water with a 10-20% RO/tap water mix once a week or every other week. Filter maintenance is also carried out at regular intervals.

Dimensions

Length
60 cm
Depth
40 cm
High
40 cm
Volume
96 L

Substrate in aquarium

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

Bibliography

  • Alho, CJR. Biodiversity of the Pantanal- response to seasonal flooding regime and to environmental degradation