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Igarapé Prosperitate, Rio Preto, Brazil

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Brazil, Amazonas, Santa Isabel do Rio Negro

With this biotope aquarium I replicated the shoreline of the mouth of the igarapé Prosperitate. There are tree trunks submerged and a lot of roots and branches: this is the perfect habitat for the Taeniacara candidi. They hide between the roots and inside the leaf litter layer. Paracheirodon axelrodi live in large schools above the leaflitter.

Submitted by
Vern Van de Weyer
Approved by
Roberto Reis, Francesco Denitto & Donald C. Taphorn
GPS
-0.1630500, -64.1197205
Geographical region
South America
Drainage Basin
Rio Negro basin
River catchment
Rio Negro
Water body type
Igarapè
Water body name
Prosperitate
Water body part
River mouth
Water body course
Lower course
Water body: tributary of
Rio
Tributary name
Preto

Videos above and below water

Water Chemistry

Water information

Water type
Fresh water
Water color
Black water
Water transparency
Medium
Concentration of sediments
Water temperature
24.5 °C
Water flow/curent
Slow

Chemical parameters

pH
6.5
Conductivity
154
GH
30 mg/l
KH
20 mg/l
Dissolved Oxygen

Aquarium information

Aquarium description

Set-up date
December 2019
Aquarium decoration

The substrate of the aquarium consists of pond peat bloks, a layer off 8 to 10 cm thick. This is very loose and fish can swim inside the substrate to hide or lay eggs. Two big trunks of driftwood to replicate the tree trunks of the Ficus trees. Braches and twigs I collected from oak trees. Guave leafes are used for the leaf litter layer because they look most like the leafs in the habitat. I only used one type of leaves because almost the entire area consists of Ficus trees.

Aquarium equipment

Eheim external pump 2213 with a pump flow of 440l/h. I used a spray bar with more and bigger holes, so the flow rate is lower. Sera siporax and sponge filters.

The aquarium light is a Aquatlantis Easy LED Universal 2.0 Freshwater 549 mm, on a Hight of approximal 50cm above the aquarium.

6800 k (kelvin)

2414 lm

%LEDs: 66,3% Cool White, 17,0% Warm White, 8,2% Blue, 8,5% Red. I’m not using any heaters, the room is constantly heated on 25 – 26°C

Fish care

Feeding only once or twice a week. I only added 9 Paracheirodon axelrodi, after a couple months I had 17 of them. Later, I added the 5 Taeniacara candidi and they hunted down the new borns.

Fish:

  • Paracheirodon axelrodi (9)
  • Taeniacara candidi (5)
Plant care

No plants.

Water care

The water in the aquarium is changed every 2 weeks in the amount of 10%. Always add water of approximately the same temperature.

Dimensions

Length
90 cm
Depth
50 cm
High
45 cm
Volume
200 L

Substrate in aquarium

Sand
None
Pebble/Gravel
None
Stone
None
Stone form
Silt/Mud
Reddish
Leaves
Adundant
Driftwood
Few
Submerged terrestrial vegetation
No

Bibliography

  • Cichlid atlas volume 1 - Page168-175; 122-123; 160; 652-656; 1068-1073 by Uwe Romer

Comment by the expert

Roberto Reis: Beautiful aquarium, based on one video showing most of the tank. Good description of equipments and water parameters.

Francesco Denitto: Nice and “natural” layout. My impression is that fish introduced into this aquarium and choosen by the participants to represent the BIN biodiversity feel at home!

Donald C. Taphorn: This tank has some of my favorite aquarium fishes. You provided good links to more details, so well done on that account.