#598: 75L Biotope Aquascape Kalimantan Selatan- blackwater streams of the forest near Pelaihari

Alessandro Camillo Di Stefano Fossacesia, Italy

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Good representation of the biotope that these beautiful Boraras originate from. I think the bottom of the biotope could use more leaf litter as described in your information.
— Bailin Shaw

Aquascape Details

Dimensions 62 × 34 × 38 cm
Title Kalimantan Selatan- blackwater streams of the forest near Pelaihari
Volume 75L
Lighting 15 Watt,4000K
Filtration Tetra ex400 with granu-peat and biological filtration
Plants Ceratopteris thalictroides, some plants Salvinia molesta (invasive species introduced in Borneo in 1990)
Animals 18 Boraras brigittae (Vogt, 1978)
Materials The substrate consists of decomposing leaves, sand, smooth rocks of various sizes and a large group of branches.
Additional Information This tank has been designed to accommodate a group of Boraras brigittae, small cyprinids that are often used in aquariums contest but not suitable to their needs.In the wild Boraras brigittae inhabit in small, slow-flowing rivers more associated with peat-swamp forests.
I tried to recreate the environment typical of Boraras brigittae with low light , leaf litter and peat ,sand and stones of various sizes eroded by the flow of water slow and many branches.The bottom of the stream is mostly sandy covered with organic matter due to the decomposition of the leaves. The plants grow with difficulty and try to develop emerged.
Water changes at 10% were undertaken weekly with tap water decanted and osmotic water treated with peat and catappa extract.
In nature Boraras brigittae is a micro-predator and feeds on small insects, worms and zooplankton.
In aquarium they eat brine shrimp, grindal, cyclops, microworms and bananaworms,turbatrix aceti, micro mosquito larvae, granulated and crushed peas.

Females prefer to stay in poorly lit areas and near the substrate.
Males exhibit best colors if reared in this way and the males are compared continuously for the control of the females,this contributes even more to light the colors of their livery , with the dominant male is the more colorful of all.

pH 4,7.Conductivity 26 µs/cm,
temperature 21°C-28°C -----
Boraras brigittae: competition for female attention:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=swP6bDQA89c&feature=youtu.be -----

Inspiration picture: http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-zmicoQu0XJQ/UIFvyAo3nKI/AAAAAAAAJJo/xZmG3UML5HY/s1600/crypt4-yujii191012.jpg

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