#241: 68L Biotope Aquascape Shallow stream in the dry season, S.Wosea, DS. Sawai, Weda Tengah, Halmahera, Maluku, Indonesia

Li Nan Beijing, China


Not a biotope. These fish do not inhabit the same waters.
— Karen Randall

Aquascape Details

Dimensions 60 × 45 × 25 cm
Title Shallow stream in the dry season, S.Wosea, DS. Sawai, Weda Tengah, Halmahera, Maluku, Indonesia
Volume 68L
Background black paint
Lighting Netlea 50w LED, 7500k color temperature
Filtration EHEIM 600 classic filter (1000L/H)
Plants In the habitat I described, there were no aquatic plants except those that were flooded during the rainy season.
Animals Stiphodon annieae, Stiphodon rutilaureus, Stiphodon semoni
Materials All the elements used in my aquarium, such as diftwoods, leaves, stones, rocks, substrated were collected from a wild stream. The substrate of the aquarium is sand with dark color. I piled up a slope with sand and placed some stones on top of substrate to simulate the gradient of the real riverbed. The lowest depth of the water is only 3 cm, and the highest point is nearly 20 cm. Some broken branches and fallen leaves are randomly arranged in the cylinder which slowly and naturally decomposed with the establishment of the ecological environment. These corrupted fallen leaves not only provide shelter space for the Stiphodon annieae but also provide additional food sources. The landscape is just a small reflection of the real nature environment of the slow flowing stream which I want to demonstrate. Prosperity, decline, ablation, and regeneration are just a microcosm of the natural ecological cycle.
Additional Information Sicydiine communities exhibit behaviours that are fostered by a number of environmental factors such as free passage, natural vegetation cover, unmodified flows, quality of estuaries, or the absence of introduced species. Reduced or disrupted surface flow of streams and rivers represents on of the greatest threats to population viability. Loss of connectivity disrupts contributions to the marine larval pool and post-larval recruitment to freshwater, while also reducing stream habitat required for reproduction. Climate chage may indirectly influence migratory behaviour.

With the continuous deforestation of forests and mineral resources, many tropical islands in Indonesia, including the Halmahera Island, are at risk of large-scale destruction of ecosystems, including endemic organisms including the Stiphodon annieae. Some green organizations and environmentalists are actively working to protect the environment in which countless lives depend on and to realize the harmonious coexistence of human survival and development and natural ecology. May these beautiful elves in the tank not become the last "living fossils" of this species left in the world.

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