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#5175 Periyar River, Western Ghats, India

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India, Kerala State, Ernakulam

This aquarium represents a mild blackwater part, located in the Periyar River very close to Periyar National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary with pure water with high levels of trace minerals and nutrients. Forests on the side are growing on white sands and soils. The bottom of the river is covered with a fine layer of algae covered river basin sands and Eleocharis acicularis with some green and dried coconut leaves fallen from the tall trees.

This aquarium shows a very common natural habitat, but one of the most favourite aquarium fish – Horadandia brittani known as the Grass Carplet. This is kind of their preferred habitat, where there is minimal water flow and big coconut leaves for them to hide and spawn.

Submitted by
Protim Sarkar
GPS
10.0545521, 76.4714890
Geographical region
Southern Asia
Drainage Basin
Atfirst Vembanad Lake and then into Arabian Sea
River catchment
Chokkampatti Mala
Water body type
River
Water body name
Periyar River
Water body part
Rapids
Water body course
Middle course
Water body: tributary of
River
Tributary name
Muthirapuzha, Mullayar, Cheruthoni, Perinjankutt

Videos above and below water

Water Chemistry

Water information

Water type
Fresh water
Water color
Water transparency
Medium
Concentration of sediments
Medium
Water temperature
25 °C
Water flow/curent
None

Chemical parameters

pH
6
Conductivity
300
GH
8 mg/l
KH
5 mg/l
Dissolved Oxygen

Aquarium information

Aquarium description

Set-up date
March, 2022
Aquarium decoration

All the materials that the aquarium presents were collected from the natural environment. Substrate (about 30l) collected from the Periyar River which are popularly known as River Basin Sand. The Coconut leaves and Plants are also collected from the River. The dried leaves of Coconut helped to form the exact tannin amount just like the natural environment.

Aquarium equipment
  • Filtration-SOBO Hanging Aquarium Filter Pump 280L/H set to minimum flow
  • Lighting- Spotlight 3 Watt (Warm Yellow Colour)
Fish care

Feeding 2 times a day with frozen foods and live insect larvae. Water change done once in every 2 weeks with some extra tannins.

Fishes:

  • Horadandia brittani (15 pieces)
Plant care

11 hours of light. No fertilizer. Plants are placed in the River Basin Sand which ensures to form algae around it.

Plants:

  • Eleocharis acicularis
Water care

Water change done once in every 2 weeks with some extra tannins.

Dimensions

Length
46 cm
Depth
46 cm
High
46 cm
Volume
96 L

Substrate in aquarium

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