#568: 175L Biotope Aquascape Red stream in Khao Yai National Park, Thailand

Jakub Kijak Zegrze, Poland

Aquascape Details

Dimensions 100 × 45 × 39 cm
Title Red stream in Khao Yai National Park, Thailand
Volume 175L
Background white paper
Lighting energy saving light bulb Lexman 20W 6500K, LED light bulb Polux 5,5W 6500K
Filtration Eheim classic 2213
Plants none
Animals Rasbora paviana
Materials river sand, laterite (Duplarit G), laterite dust, red stones, reddish sticks, reddish brown climbers, tropical leaves
Additional Information My inspiration was photography taken by F. Vollmar (Peter W. Scott, "The Complete Aquarium", Dorling Kindersley, 1996, page 72). The tank represents little, shalow and rocky stream in Khao Yai National Park in Thailand. Red bootom is coloured by iron. Water also contains Fe, but it level is not dangerous for fish. To imitate red, iron substrate I used laterite which also slightly improves Fe level in water (in my tank - 0,05 ppm), as it takes place in nature. I also used a little of sticks covered by reddish brown climbers, tropical leaves, red stones and river sand of course. All of this is covered by laterite dust. I resigned from plants as they are not present on reffered photo. I choose Rasbora paviana because it definetly can be found in Khao Yai. One of the expeditions found in Park area species identified then as Rasbora paviei (http://www.igl-home.de/index.php/der-makropode/82-archiv/243-der-makropode-2006-910). But it is the same fish. "In much of the literature this species is pictured with the invalid name R. paviei, due to an issue with spelling which was corrected by Kottelat (2005), and the common name ‘sidestripe rasbora’ although the latter has yet to find popularity in the aquarium hobby." (www.seriouslyfish.com). Anyways, this fish great fits to decorations. Eheim external filter without outlet pipe put together with LED light bulb causes nice visual effects on the bottom of the tank (last two photos).

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