#568: 150L Biotope Aquascape Creek in Pandaan Pasuruan, East Java, Indonesia

MAA Rafsanjani Sidoarjo, Indonesia

Comments

While the display is well put together and looks authentic it is let down by the inclusion of fishes which grow much to large for this size aquarium. A biotope aquarium must not only be a faithful representation of a habitat it must be a suitable long-term home for the species included. Anything less is a failure to follow the ethics of animal husbandry. This is why I have scored the overall condition so low.

This is unfortunate as the aquascaper has clearly gone to considerable effort to produce the display. If the aquascaper has only included the Rhinogobius this display would have achieved a much higher result.
— Tai Strietman
I love the this biotope and how it mimics a fast flowing stream so well. The current creating so many small bubbles in the water recrates the highly oxygenated waters of a mountain stream. Kudos!
— Ivan Mikolji

Aquascape Details

Dimensions 100 × 40 × 40 cm
Title Creek in Pandaan Pasuruan, East Java, Indonesia
Volume 150L
Background For the aquarium background I used river art print paper
Lighting Spotlight Kandila 1M used for the effect of sunlight, Kandila S500, Spotlight Kandila S200 used for the effect of sunlight.
Filtration utter filter filled with sponge and synthetic cotton Pump engine: takari 1800, 1600 L/H, 30 Watt
Wave Maker Recent AA WM 24000, 24000 L/H, 25 Watt for use once a week once a day, fast water mode
Animals Barbodes binotatus, Mystacoleucus obtusirostris and Rhinogobius sp.
Materials I used river stones taken directly from the location, and added roots and branches like in the natural habitat. For the aquarium background I used river art print paper. I put the aquarium lights in a position that can make a light effect like when diving in a river.

Sand : Black
Pebble/Gravel : Mixed
Stone : Mixed
Stone form : Roundish
Silt/Mud : None
Leaves : No
Driftwood : Many
Submerged terrestrial vegetation : No
Additional Information The biotope I recreated this time is a mountain stream in the Pandaan area, Pasuruan, East Java. Although this is a small stream, the current tends to be very fast, which is the habitat of such a fast-swimming fish as Barbodes binotatus, Mystacoleucus obtusirostris and others. GPS
-7.6673112, 112.6859360.

This river interested me also because it is the habitat of a very beautiful Rhinogobius sp. which looks like Rhinogobius similis. This fish is still often found in some regions of East Java, such as in Mojokerto, where mountain streams always have this fish.

Hopefully this biotope aquarium will inspire others to recreate a habitat for Rhinogobius sp. fish in the aquarium.


I used river stones taken directly from the location, and added roots and branches like in the natural habitat. For the aquarium background I used river art print paper. I put the aquarium lights in a position that can make a light effect like when diving in a river.


I make enough room for the fish to swim and feed. I also make cracks for the spawning places of all the fish in the aquarium (can be seen in the video). I keep the water temperature low at 22-26°C.

Water care : 20% water change once a week.
Vidio : https://drive.google.com/file/d/1CP3XE6FZLbWPmBCQ859H8DTOxKl1WeZN/view?usp=drive_link

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