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Mobile River, Alabama, USA

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United States, Alabama, Mobile

With my aquarium I would like to represent a small part of Mobile River in Alabama, where the water runs fast, and where Rainbow shiners live. This is my first trying to build a biotope for my fish.

Submitted by
Anikó Csanádi
Approved by
Ken Boormann & Lawrence Kent
GPS
31.0346622, -88.0140457
Geographical region
Northern America
Drainage Basin
Mobile River
River catchment
Mobile River
Water body type
River
Water body name
Mobile River
Water body part
Water body course
Source
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
18 °C
Water flow/curent
Strong

Chemical parameters

pH
7.0
Conductivity
GH
KH
Dissolved Oxygen

Aquarium information

Aquarium description

Set-up date
July, 2020
Aquarium decoration

Plane tree branches, some oak leaves, pebbles and rocks.

Aquarium equipment

Eheim Exprience 350 filtration
Odyssea 2*39W lightning
Eheim skimmer
No heater

Fish care

In the aquarium there are only Notropis chrosomus juveniles. They are nearly 6 months old. I feed them not least than 3 times a day, becouse they have to eat to grow up and have an energy.

Rainbow shiners are very active fish, si they need a high quality nutrition. They get Hikary first bites, Coppens vital, frozen food and sometimes grindal worms. I give the Sera Fistamin 3 times a week.

Plant care

There are only two kind of plants in the tank. Egeria densa and Vallisneria americana. I don’t do a lot of things with them. They get some macro elements 3-4 times a week.

Water care

Water changes are regular. I change twice a week, but only 10% . I use 2 days old tap water for changes.

Dimensions

Length
100 cm
Depth
50 cm
High
40 cm
Volume
200 L

Substrate in aquarium

Sand
Beige
Pebble/Gravel
Mixed
Stone
Stone form
Flat
Silt/Mud
Beige
Leaves
Few
Driftwood
Few
Submerged terrestrial vegetation
No

Comment by the expert

Ken Boormann: A little more diversity in both plants and in this biotope aquarium would also be an asset in my opinion. The BAM is nicely aquascaped – the participant has done a fine job in reproducing the referenced BIN.

Lawrence Kent: Wonderful! The substrate and wood are appropriate, with the branch proving a nice visual angle. A few larger rocks on one end might add to the visual appeal. The tank itself is well chosen and nice, as is all of the equipment. Rainbow shiners are spectacular, but your juveniles are not yet showing much color, and I’m unsure if so many can thrive in that tank once they’ve grown. When the grow and color, this will be spectacular. Could you remove a few shiners add some darters or crayfish or mussels to create more diversity in the tank? Overall: a great tank, a great group of fish, fascinating and commendable.