#592: 200L Biotope Aquascape Congo

Jakub Kijak Zegrze, Poland


Nice representation of the upper Congo biotope. The grass was well placed but the Nymphae does not fit the biotope and is unlikely to be found in the same place.
— Bailin Shaw

Aquascape Details

Dimensions 100 × 40 × 50 cm
Title Congo
Volume 200L
Background light blue paper
Lighting 1 x 39W Narva Bio Vital + 1 x 39W Sylvania Grolux
Filtration Sacem Marathon 400
Plants "aquatic grass", Nymphaea lotus
Animals Phenacogrammus interruptus, Pseudocrenilabrus nicholsi
Materials dark river sand, dark river dust, driftwood, dry leaves of "aquatic grass"
Additional Information The upper course of the Congo River, called the Lualaba, is a large, slow-flowing river. With large numbers of tributaries support a rich aquatic fauna. Over 150 fish species and 6 endemics are known from this region. Dominant families include Alestiidae, Cyprinidae, and Cichlidae. Lindi River is one of the smaller tributaries of Lualaba. Tank represents a calm bay just next to mouth of a Lindi river to Congo, near city of Kisangani in eastern D.R. of Congo. Bouth species (P. interruptus and P. nichlosi) can be foung among others exactly there. River carrent isn’t as fast as upstream, so small group of Phenacogrammus interruptus can rest here. Big leaves of Nymphaea lotus make shadow zones. Female of Pseudocrenilabrus nicholsi holding the brood. She can hide in mass of aquatic grass and release fry safely. To imitate river dust I used... dark river dust, so the bottom of tank is mostly dark. Please note that sand grade is diverse as in nature. My aquarium is high, so I decided to not fill up it completely. It contains only about 100 litres water. That gives better ratios of front glass.

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