Dimensions 80 × 35 × 40 cm
Title New Guinea
Background light blue paper
Lighting 1 x 39W Narva Bio Vital + 1 x 39W Sylvania Aquastar
Filtration Eheim classic 2211
Plants Phragmites australis, Vallisneria nana
Animals Melanotaenia praecox
Materials white sand, black pebbles, contorted wood, driftwood, sticks, dry Phragmites australis
Additional Information Melanotaenia praecox is endemic to the Mamberamo river system in New Guinea. Tends to inhabit swiftly flowing tributaries off the main river. The fish congregate around areas of aqatic vegetation, or submerged roots and logs (www.seriouslyfish.com).
I tryied to imitate one of the small, fast flowing tributary of the Mamberamo river system. The current couses a little plant vegetation in mainstream. Only very few Vallisneria nana can be found there. On the bank, over water level Phragmites australis founds better conditions to grow. Part of the sand was moved by fast water and covered driftwood and stones. To recreate swiftly flowing stream I used dark pebbles and parts of wood contorted by very strong current. I also used white sand according to that biotope, which is in fine contrast to black stones.