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#5843 Marshland near of Pattaya, Thailand

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Thailand, Chonburi, Pattaya

A water runoff from the city creates a lush marshland full of mosquitoes and food which provides plenty of food for fishes. The swamp I describe is rich floating plants, with no aquatic vegetation. Water is clear and full of plant debris. Unfortunately, this habitat was partially destroyed not long ago.

Submitted by
Juhász-Tóth Gábor
GPS
12.9191904, 100.9251938
Geographical region
Southeastern Asia
Drainage Basin
River catchment
Water body type
Wetland
Water body name
Unnamed swamp near of Pattaya
Water body part
Marsh land
Water body 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
Medium
Concentration of sediments
High
Water temperature
24-26 °C
Water flow/curent

Chemical parameters

pH
6.70
Conductivity
142
GH
5.00 mg/l
KH
Dissolved Oxygen

Aquarium information

Aquarium description

Set-up date
April, 2021
Aquarium decoration

The base of the substrate is fine sand, with several layers of leaves and small branches and roots. From the roots I made an area of ​​land, where I hid the equipment necessary for operation. Boiled peat potting soil and some fern Nephrolepis sp. and water spinach Ipomoea aquatica. This also helps to create a stable biological balance.

Underwater vegetation is not typical for the habitat I chose, so there are no aquatic plants. That’s why I use a lot of floating plants, which partially cover the surface, but some light can still penetrate underwater.

Aquarium equipment
  • Filter: Tetratec Ex400 plus (Tf matrix top, Tm30 sponge)
  • Light: Sobo AL-450P (8 hours + natural sunshine in the forenoon)
  • Heater: Diversa Thermo Plus 25w
Fish care

I tryed to design the aquarium for the needs of my fishes. I used a lot of floating plants to dim the light and allow them to hide among their roots. I don’t change the leaves and roots. When they break, I put new ones in the aquarium. This also creates a diverse environment. The leaves provide a hiding place and, due to their decomposition, food for the young. The water is very shallow and there is almost no current.

I feedi my fish with live and frozen food (Artemia, cyclops, Daphnia, mosquito larva, Enchytraeus, Tubifex)

Fishes:

  • Trichopsis pumila (Osphronemidae)
Plant care

I don’t use any fertilizer – the dead root, leaves and mulm provide the necessary nutrients. I humidify the floating plants once a day.

Floating plants:

  • Salvinia natans (Salviniaceae)
  • Pontederia crassipes (Pontederiaceae)
Water care

I don’t change water, I replace the evaporation with RO water every week. The aquarium is full of floating plants and the plants of emers area are perfect to keep water parameters in a good range.

Dimensions

Length
50 cm
Depth
40 cm
High
20 cm
Volume
40 L

Substrate in aquarium

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