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Swamp in Muara Tembesi, Jambi, Indonesia

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Indonesia, Sukaramai, Batang Hari Regency, Jambi

The biotope that I made this time is the habitat of the Channa cyanospilos – snakehead, which are currently very hard to find in Indonesia. So it is considered very step and currently recorded in Indonesia, it can only be found in the Jambi swamps. Therefore I am interested in recreating this biotope, so that it can be a lesson for all of us. Because it is still rare to discuss the habitat of this fish on the Internet.

The biotope this time contains the fish Channa cyanospilos, Anabas testudineus, Dermogenys pusilla and Trichogaster – fishes that live in one habitat. And for the water plants Ceratophyllum submersum and on the surface Lemna minor and Pistia stratiotes. In the swamp there are many logs, tree branches and leaves. Water color – mixed water with slow flow, pH 7.0, temperature 27°C.

Submitted by
MAA Rafsanjani
Approved by
Heok Hee Ng & Greg Martin
GPS
-1.7061799, 103.1184769
Geographical region
Southeastern Asia
Drainage Basin
Indonesia
River catchment
Batang Hari
Water body type
Creek
Water body name
swamp
Water body part
Open water
Water body course
Middle course
Water body: tributary of
Creek
Tributary name
Swamp Jambi

Videos above and below water

Water Chemistry

Water information

Water type
Fresh water
Water color
Mixed water
Water transparency
Low
Concentration of sediments
Medium
Water temperature
27 °C
Water flow/curent
Slow

Chemical parameters

pH
7
Conductivity
644
GH
KH
Dissolved Oxygen
50 %

Aquarium information

Aquarium description

Set-up date
January, 2023
Aquarium decoration

Materials: roots, wood, leaves, twigs, stones and sand. And for the water plants Ceratophyllum submersum and on the surface Lemna minor and Pistia stratiotes.

The biotope this time contains the fish Channa cyanospilos, Anabas testudineus, Dermogenys pusilla and Trichopodus trichopterus. Because these fish live in one habitat.

Aquarium equipment
  • Kandila S1000, Spotlight Kandila R500 used for the effect of sunlight.
  • Spotlight Kandila R500t used for the effect of sunlight
  • Filter Takari 45 watt and Takari 20 watt.
Fish care

Feed daily (crickets, maggots, worms).

Fish:

  • Trichopodus trichopterus (Osphronemidae)
  • Dermogenys pusilla (Zenarchopteridae)
  • Anabas testudineus (Anabantidae)
  • Channa cyanospilos (Channidae)
Plant care

Giving liquid fertilizer every 2 weeks, and cutting plants and reducing plants once a week.

Aquatic plant:

  • Ceratophyllum submersum (Ceratophyllaceae)
  • Lemna minor (Araceae)
  • Pistia stratiotes (Araceae)
Water care

Once every two weeks 20% water change and 3 months 80% water change.

Dimensions

Length
100 cm
Depth
40 cm
High
40 cm
Volume
149 L

Substrate in aquarium

Sand
Black
Pebble/Gravel
Black
Stone
Black
Stone form
Irregular
Silt/Mud
Black
Leaves
Many
Driftwood
Many
Submerged terrestrial vegetation
Yes

Comment by the expert

Heok Hee Ng: I see more Utricularia as a floating plant in the habitat photos and no Pistia, so the recreation is not accurate enough. The use of Dermogenys collettei (misidentified as Dermogenys pusilla, which is a Javan endemic) is not quite appropriate as Dermogenys is found only in highly-disturbed habitats and not generally found in pristine swamp forest (You would find Hemiramphodon pogonognathus instead).

Greg Martin: Almost faultless – well done.