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Inle Lake, Shan State, Myanmar

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Myanmar, Shan State, Nyaungshwe Township

Asian fish are closest to my heart, especially the smaller species, and for this reason I chose Danio erythromicron. Emerald dwarf rasboras are endemic to the Inle Lake which has an extremely diverse wildlife.

With my 63 liter aquarium, I wanted to make a home for these tiny and shy fish. I tried to provide them a suitable hiding place with the dense vegetation because this little fish live in the seaweed islands which cover most of the lake basin. I used Ceratophyllum demersum and Nymphoides sp. to achieve this and I added some driftwood, roots and leaves to the bottom which contains sand and silt. The lighting is not too strong, the filter flow is calm and equable.

Submitted by
Klementina Keresztes-André
Approved by
Greg Martin & Peter Unmack
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Geographical region
Southeastern Asia
Drainage Basin
Saluen River
River catchment
Nanlit Chaung
Water body type
Water body name
Inle Lake
Water body part
Water body course
Lower course
Water body: tributary of
Tributary name

Videos above and below water

Water Chemistry

Water information

Water type
Fresh water
Water color
Clear water
Water transparency
Concentration of sediments
Water temperature
24 °C
Water flow/curent

Chemical parameters

19 mg/l
8 mg/l
Dissolved Oxygen
70 %

Aquarium information

Aquarium description

Set-up date
February, 2022
Aquarium decoration

As a substrate, I chose a neutral beige sand and gravel mixture, and I made the sediment covering the soil from tree leaves and reeds. The Inle Lake has very few landmarks, and as it is quite shallow, so locals regularly thin out the aquatic vegetation and remove most of the trees that fall into the water to allow them to sail.

For this reason, I also used a minimum of wood when decorating the aquarium: a driftwood and some roots were included wheron I have grown some algae. The most pronounced decorative element is Ceratophyllum demersum, which provides hiding place for emerald dwarf rasboras like seaweed islands in the lake.

Aquarium equipment
  • Filtration: SUNSUN HBL-701 8 Watt hang on filter – 600l/h with TM30 sponge
  • Lighting: DIY LED lights – T5 8 Watt, 6500K
Fish care

The lush aquatic vegetation provides a suitable hiding place for these shy fish who, sensing the slightest movement, immediately hide. Since they are swimming bravely in this aquarium, I think I managed to model their habitat properly, reducing their stress level enough to spawn.

Water is on the room’s temperature, which is an average of 24°C to imitate natural temperature swings: of course in summer the water is hotter and colder in winter. I feed them only with live food like bloodworms, Enchytraeus buchholzi, brine shrimp and tubifex to keep them healthy and energetic.


  • Danio erythromicron (Danioninae)
Plant care

The aquatic plants found in this aquarium are Ceratophyllum demersum, Salvinia cucullata and Nymphoides sp. These plans do not need any special care I just have to cut back the Ceratophyllum demersum, when it grows too large.

The lighting imitates natural light, which promotes photosynthesis and plant growth and to help this I give a minimal plant food to these rapidly growing species.

Aquatic plants:

  • Salvinia cucullata (Salviniaceae)
  • Ceratophyllum demersum (Ceratophyllaceae)
  • Nymphoides hydrophylla (Menyanthaceae )
Water care

I usually change a third of the water every two to three weeks, in addition I only replace the evaporated water. I only clean the filter when its power has decreased too much.


60 cm
35 cm
30 cm
63 L

Substrate in aquarium

Stone form
Submerged terrestrial vegetation

Comment by the expert

Peter Unmack:  –

Greg Martin: A first class entry. Beautifully researched, recreated and presented.