#251: 135L Biotope Aquascape The source of Taiwan's Hsiao Li Creek - a small tributary in the mountain forest

Chen li fan Taoyuan City, Taiwan

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This is beautiful. Very reminiscent to the type of little stream we occasionally came across in the mountains of Taiwan. Look at some of the other stream scapes and see how they have managed their backgrounds to achieve more of a look of a stream disappearing into the distance and less of an aquarium background and you could elevate this even more!!!
— Karen Randall

Aquascape Details

Dimensions 120 × 45 × 60 cm
Title The source of Taiwan's Hsiao Li Creek - a small tributary in the mountain forest
Volume 135L
Lighting 2 T5 lamps
Filtration The aquarium is equipped with a MK800 Canister filter
Plants Moss
Animals Candidia barbata、Acrossocheilus paradoxus、Cobitis sinensis、Rhinogobius giurinus、Semisulcospira libertina、Cipangopaludina chinensis
Materials The elements of this aquarium,include the substrate, wood, dead leaves, stones and rocks. Some of them are from the wild, the others are purchased from the stores. I try to simulate the look of real habitat as much as possible by setting up all things appropriately. The most important thing of the stream setting is the substrate. I put a lot of sand and mix it with stones and rocks of different sizes. Besides, the branches and leaves indicate that the stream is located in the forest.
Additional Information The source of Hsiao Li Creek is located on the hills in Longtan District, Taoyuan City, Taiwan. I also live in this city. The reference coordinates of this setting are: 24°51'40.0"N, 121°10'25.2"E. Hsiao Li Creek is 16 kilometers long and has very good water quality. It used to be drinking and irrigation water for local residents. However, a factory was built in upstream area in 2000 due to industrial development. A large amount of industrial wastewater had been discharged into the mainstream. As a result, many original ecological organisms are disappeared, and the original ecology has been changed since then. However, some tributaries scattered in the mountains still have better biomes till now. The tributary that I want to demonstrate is one of them and it`s located in the forest. It`s about 250 meters above sea level. There are dense forests on both sides of the river, and many ferns and moss grow along the riverside and on the stones.

The water of the tributary is about 15~30 cm deep and it`s clean and crystal. Also, fine sand forms the substrate of it. Different size of stones and fallen leaves, branches lay in the river everywhere. A variety of moss grows on the exposed rocks, and some terrestrial moss sometimes extend into the water. All of these provide shelter and food for young fish such as Candidia barbata and Acrossocheilus paradoxus. As their body size become larger, the deeper waters they migrate to.

The water quality is neutral pH7, the water hardness is 7°dh, the temperature varies with the season by 12° C~24° C, TDS102

All information about this work comes from personal surveys and other units’ research materials.


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