1. Hello guest! Are you an Apistogramma enthusiast? If so we invite you to join our community and see what it has to offer. Our site is specifically designed for you and it's a great place for Apisto enthusiasts to meet online. Once you join you'll be able to post messages, upload pictures of your fish and tanks and have a great time with other Apisto enthusiasts. Sign up today!

1m Rio Negro "São Gabriel da Cachoeira"

Discussion in 'South American Biotope Aquariums' started by PhilipAG, Sep 15, 2013.

  1. PhilipAG

    PhilipAG Member 5 Year Member

    Joined:
    Sep 15, 2013
    Messages:
    49
    Likes Received:
    19
    Trophy Points:
    8
    Hello!

    This is my first South American biotope tank

    Greetings,
    Philip

    Tank: 100x40x40

    Filtration: Eheim 2228

    Lighting: 2x 45W T5 895mm (dimmed)


    Substrate: Sand

    Decor: Oak wood, alder wood, driftwood, oak leaves


    Fauna: 1x Apistogramma cacatuoides(M)
    10x Paracheirodon axelrodi
    5x Corydoras trillinaetus
    1x Carnegiella strigata
    1x Ancistrus cf. cirrhorus

    Flora: 2x Echinodorus bleheri
    2x Echinodorus Red Flame
    1x Echinodorus sp. (forgot its name)
    1x Echinodorus Red Devil

    But in the future the fish(/some plants) will be given or sold to others and replaced by:
    4x(maybe 6) Apistogramma mendezi
    20x Nannostomus marilynae

    But I'm still searching for biotope-correct floating plants. It seems to me that Phyllantus fluitans is one of the only plants that occurs in the Rio Negro(but it should also be noticed at Sao Gabriel) and fits in my tank.

    Here's an overall pic:

    [​IMG]
    DSC09594+
    by Philip AG Shaw, on Flickr
  2. regani

    regani Active Member 5 Year Member

    Joined:
    Apr 20, 2011
    Messages:
    429
    Likes Received:
    131
    Trophy Points:
    43
    Very nice setup
  3. Mike Wise

    Mike Wise Moderator Staff Member 5 Year Member

    Joined:
    Mar 16, 2004
    Messages:
    9,814
    Likes Received:
    1,328
    Trophy Points:
    113
    I'd be really surprised if Pistia stratiotes isn't found in the Negro. It's found almost everywhere in the Amazon.
    dw1305 likes this.
  4. PhilipAG

    PhilipAG Member 5 Year Member

    Joined:
    Sep 15, 2013
    Messages:
    49
    Likes Received:
    19
    Trophy Points:
    8
    Thanks!

    And Mike, that I also thought, but I never read about these plants occuring at Sao Gabriel.
    Thanks anyway, I'll search if they inhabit the Rio Negro.
  5. bseitz234

    bseitz234 Member

    Joined:
    Oct 6, 2012
    Messages:
    67
    Likes Received:
    1
    Trophy Points:
    8
    Nice looking setup! I look forward to seeing updates, especially once you have a few pairs of apistos in there, I'd guess they're going to be quite happy!

    I'm curious about the 1x C. strigata- is there a reason you only have 1 in there? I haven't kept this particular species, but I know when I had silver hatchetfish they enjoyed the company of their own kind...
  6. PhilipAG

    PhilipAG Member 5 Year Member

    Joined:
    Sep 15, 2013
    Messages:
    49
    Likes Received:
    19
    Trophy Points:
    8
    Thanks a lot!
    As you say I'm doubting wether I should take a male with some females or a group with a male or 2 and again some females.

    Yes, there's a reason. Some time ago, I had a terrible desease in the tank and then I thought by myself:
    Why don't I just restart with a real biotope aquarium and sell the fish that are left. So I'm desperate to sell this one, but it seems like no one wants to have one. Because I also know the fish doesn't "enjoy" itself.
    I just hope I can sell the lonely fish very quick that they can build their lives back up.
  7. bseitz234

    bseitz234 Member

    Joined:
    Oct 6, 2012
    Messages:
    67
    Likes Received:
    1
    Trophy Points:
    8
    Dimensions like that, I might do 2M 3F? I think 1M would be fine, but having a second could add an interesting social dynamic, and it looks like you've got the room and cover to support it. Sorry to hear about your losses- wish I could help, but it would be just as lonely in my care at the moment. Good luck!
  8. PhilipAG

    PhilipAG Member 5 Year Member

    Joined:
    Sep 15, 2013
    Messages:
    49
    Likes Received:
    19
    Trophy Points:
    8
    That's also what I thought.
    I'd love to see them in group, because that would let them show more of their natural behaviour.
    Maybe I could discuss this in another topic. It really sounds interesting and I'm curious about what others are going to say.

    What a pitty, but I don't give up. These fish should be given a proper home.
  9. PhilipAG

    PhilipAG Member 5 Year Member

    Joined:
    Sep 15, 2013
    Messages:
    49
    Likes Received:
    19
    Trophy Points:
    8
    Today:
    pH 5
    kH <1
    gH <1
    EC 254 µS (should go down!)
  10. PhilipAG

    PhilipAG Member 5 Year Member

    Joined:
    Sep 15, 2013
    Messages:
    49
    Likes Received:
    19
    Trophy Points:
    8
    Roy Connell, MadHatter and illumnae like this.
  11. Gwendal

    Gwendal Member

    Joined:
    May 2, 2012
    Messages:
    193
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    16
    I love that tank, really nice with the leafs.
  12. PhilipAG

    PhilipAG Member 5 Year Member

    Joined:
    Sep 15, 2013
    Messages:
    49
    Likes Received:
    19
    Trophy Points:
    8
  13. M.ramirezi

    M.ramirezi Member

    Joined:
    Mar 31, 2013
    Messages:
    86
    Likes Received:
    30
    Trophy Points:
    18
    Stunning tank!
  14. Benjamin Goh

    Benjamin Goh New Member

    Joined:
    May 18, 2012
    Messages:
    23
    Likes Received:
    9
    Trophy Points:
    3
    Wild cacatuoides???
  15. PhilipAG

    PhilipAG Member 5 Year Member

    Joined:
    Sep 15, 2013
    Messages:
    49
    Likes Received:
    19
    Trophy Points:
    8
    Seanor likes this.
  16. fart

    fart Active Member 5 Year Member

    Joined:
    Mar 12, 2010
    Messages:
    144
    Likes Received:
    80
    Trophy Points:
    28
  17. PhilipAG

    PhilipAG Member 5 Year Member

    Joined:
    Sep 15, 2013
    Messages:
    49
    Likes Received:
    19
    Trophy Points:
    8
    Thanks fart!

    An update, since it's been a while:

    [​IMG]DSC_2974 by Philip AG Shaw, on Flickr

    [​IMG]DSC_2976 by Philip AG Shaw, on Flickr

    [​IMG]DSC_2977 by Philip AG Shaw, on Flickr

    [​IMG]DSC_2979 by Philip AG Shaw, on Flickr

    [​IMG]DSC_2980 by Philip AG Shaw, on Flickr

    [​IMG]DSC_2981 by Philip AG Shaw, on Flickr

    [​IMG]DSC_2982 by Philip AG Shaw, on Flickr

    [​IMG]DSC_2984 by Philip AG Shaw, on Flickr

    [​IMG]DSC_2986 by Philip AG Shaw, on Flickr

    [​IMG]DSC_2994 by Philip AG Shaw, on Flickr

    [​IMG]DSC_3011 by Philip AG Shaw, on Flickr

    [​IMG]DSC_3012 by Philip AG Shaw, on Flickr
    Ekona, Mol_PMB, regani and 1 other person like this.
  18. PhilipAG

    PhilipAG Member 5 Year Member

    Joined:
    Sep 15, 2013
    Messages:
    49
    Likes Received:
    19
    Trophy Points:
    8
  19. Tph

    Tph New Member

    Joined:
    Dec 6, 2013
    Messages:
    10
    Likes Received:
    1
    Trophy Points:
    3
  20. Frank_H

    Frank_H Active Member 5 Year Member

    Joined:
    Aug 14, 2014
    Messages:
    170
    Likes Received:
    104
    Trophy Points:
    43
    Great tank and beautiful fish, congrats Philip!