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Great Scarcies Riverside, Kolenté, Guinea

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Guinea, Kindia Prefecture, Maleya, Kolenté

One of the most intriguing yet rarely replicated aquatic habitat regions in the world is West Africa. The areas of Ghana, Sierra Leone and Guinea, in particular, offer a wide variety of beautiful fish species and unique habitats that simply beg to be replicated in aquariums. This river forms part of the international border between Guinea and Sierra Leone, and it hosts many fish species, from Epiplatys to Pelvicachromis, as well as Synodontis catfish and even some interesting characins, such as the African darter characin, Nannocharax fasciatus.

The nearby tributaries encompass a range of ecological niches. The water in the Kolenté River has a pH around 6.0. You will find many Anubias, Bolbitis, and Vallisneria in the typical substrate of fine gravel. Leaves and botanical materials from hanging forest trees are scattered in the substrate and among the rocks.

Submitted by
Ignacio Fernandez Contreras
Approved by
Ad Konings & Anton Lamboj
GPS
10.0784998, -12.6193104
Geographical region
Western Africa
Drainage Basin
River catchment
Great Scarcies River
Water body type
River
Water body name
Great Scarcies
Water body part
Mangrove
Water body course
Middle course
Water body: tributary of
Tributary name

Water Chemistry

Water information

Water type
Fresh water
Water color
Black water
Water transparency
Low
Concentration of sediments
Medium
Water temperature
24 °C
Water flow/curent
Slow

Chemical parameters

pH
6.5
Conductivity
200
GH
8 mg/l
KH
3 mg/l
Dissolved Oxygen
99 %

Aquarium information

Aquarium description

Set-up date
November, 2022
Aquarium decoration

For the biotope decoration, we start with a recreation of a root zone. For this purpose, the rear area was elevated using rounded stones, from which the roots emerge. Anubias plants are attached to these roots. Different grades of silica gravel were used, along with small leaves and pieces of palm trees.

Aquarium equipment

Heater 50w, Tidal 35.

Fish care

All the species in this tank were selected using the GBIF website in an attempt to be as accurate as possible. A group of small-sized killifish was used, in line with the decor. For their feeding, very small-grain food and small-sized frozen insects were used.

Fishes:

  • Poropanchax normani (Procatopodidae) – 8

Crustaceans:

  • Neocaridina davidi (Atyidae) – 10
Plant care

The water in the aquarium is changed every 7 days in the amount 30%. The filter is cleaned every 2 month, no additives added.

Aquatic plants:

  • Anubias barteri (Araceae) – 4
  • Anubias heterophylla (Araceae) – 2
  • Bacopa (Plantaginaceae) – 2
Water care

The water in the aquarium is changed every 7 days in an amount of 30%. The filter is cleaned every 2 months. Just add some black & white tint.

Dimensions

Length
32 cm
Depth
35 cm
High
45 cm
Volume
38 L

Substrate in aquarium

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