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Rain Forest

Nuno M.

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Hi everyone,

This is our other big passion besides planted tanks, we maintain two biotope aquariums were we breed Apistogrammas. ;)

I will show you guys our main Biotope tank

This one is inspired by Tom C and Mike Wise collecting trip in Pebas, Río Orosa and Río Shishita 2008.
So this tank only has native fish and plants from Shishita River in Peru, simulating a sand river bed with fallen driftwood/root system .

The tank was created to give the best conditions for a wild caught couple of Apistogrammas Bitaeniata sp. ‘Shishita’ to breed,
for that we had to ensure the water parameters were perfect for reproduction this meaning that the dGH had to be aroud 0-1 degrees top’s, and the pH around 5 for maximum eclosion rate.
This could only be achieved with RO water and dry salts.

It was with great pleasure that the past year we ranked with this Tank on the top 10 AGA 2013 Contest on the Biotope category, we almost diden’t believe it ...

Here goes the setup started on April 15 2013 hope you all like this dark water scape :D

Tank:
180L (90x45x45 10mm glass by Vidromoldura)

Lighting:
Hailea 2x39w T5 HO
1x Osram 840, 1x Radium 865

Filtering:
1x JBL e901 greenline

Heating:
TMC V2 Therm Digital Heater 200w

Other Equipment:
TMC V2 Pure 50 Advanced RO System

Hardscape:
ADA Colorado Sand, 3x Red Moor Wood Branch, Oak and Terminalia Catappa Leaves

Fertilization:
We only had dry salts on water change day do assure the fish and plants have the essential minerals to thrive . (CaSO4, MgSO4, K2SO4 TNC Trace)

Fauna:
2x Apistogramma Bitaeniata sp. ‘Shishita’ Wild Cougth
50x Nannostomus Marginatus

Plants:
Amazon Frogbit (Limnobium laevigatum)

And Pics from the the tank lots and lots of them since its start to de little apistogrammas now growing, hope you all enjoy …

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Rain Forest

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Limnobium Laevigatum

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Apistogramma Bitaeniata Sp. 'Shishita'

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Apistogramma Bitaeniata Sp. 'Shishita'

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N. Marginatus

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N. Marginatus

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Apistogramma Bitaeniata sp. 'Shishita'

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Apistogramma Bitaeniata sp. 'Shishita' with free swimming Fry

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Ap. Bitaeniata sp. 'Shishita' - 5 days free swimming fry

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Ap. Bitaeniata sp. 'Shishita' - 11 days free swimming fry

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Ap. Bitaeniata sp. 'Shishita' - 15 days free swimming fry

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AGA 2013 Biotope Aquascape - Rain Forest - Apistogramma Bitaeniata Sp Shishita (F)

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AGA 2013 Biotope Aquascape - Rain Forest - Apistogramma Bitaeniata Sp Shishita (M)

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AGA 2013 Biotope Aquascape - Rain Forest - Nannostomus Marginatus

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AGA 2013 Biotope Aquascape - Rain Forest - Rio Shishita Biotope

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AGA 2013 Biotope Aquascape - Rain Forest - Rio Shishita Biotope

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Ap. Bitaeniata sp. 'Shishita' - 32 days fry

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Ap. Bitaeniata sp. 'Shishita' - 32 days fry

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Ap. Bitaeniata sp. 'Shishita' - 32 days fry

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Ap. Bitaeniata sp. 'Shishita' - F

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Ap. Bitaeniata sp 'Shishita'

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Ap. Bitaeniata sp 'Shishita'

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Ap. Bitaeniata sp 'Shishita'

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Ap. Bitaeniata sp 'Shishita'
 

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darren636

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lovely picutres, its good to see some very nice biotopes here
 

Nuno M.

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Hi everyone,

Thanks for all your positive comments and likes, it's an experience that I recommend to you all ...
Fish behavior and colors are superb in this kind of environment.

It's really a pleasure to have this kind of scape, almost like having a little slice from a far away river in your living room :D

More news to come soon, maybe I'll show you our raising tank were the little apistos are now growing, or maybe a video ...
 

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maybe I'll show you our raising tank were the little apistos are now growing, or maybe a video ...
Not maybe, due it already Nuno, great tank, parabens :clap: :thumbup:
 

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Lovely tank, great fish choice, was there any spawning activity from the pencilfish?
 

Nuno M.

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Not maybe, due it already Nuno, great tank, parabens :clap: :thumbup:

I will try Paulo, maybe I'll join both threads here in Rain Forest and change the main thread name ;)



Lovely tank, great fish choice, was there any spawning activity from the pencilfish?


Hi Glen,

Tanks for your kind words, regarding the Nannostomus, there's plenty male showoff , but I think they need more plants for the spawning to occur.
I will try this in the near future, I will let the Amazon Frogbit Take Over the water surface and see what happens ...
 

Phil Edwards

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Nuno, I remember seeing this tank in the biotope pre-screening process. It's very nicely done! Bitaeniata is my favorite species of Apisto. Excellent choice. :)
 

Nuno M.

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Nuno, I remember seeing this tank in the biotope pre-screening process. It's very nicely done! Bitaeniata is my favorite species of Apisto. Excellent choice. :)

Thank you Phil,

It gives us great pleasure, just sitting and looking at it ;)

A. Bitaeniata is also our favorite Apistogramma species specially the ones from Shishita River, we also had another spectacular specie on our Planted Tank with fantastic colors from the Bitaeniata family, Apistograma Eremnopyge sp. Fresa

You can see some pics of the male on our CristalRio journal

Thank you for your comments, on our AGA 2013 entry ...
 

Filip

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Great set up and Apistos. Yes! Yes!
I will set up black water tank in near future.
 

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This is great. I have a few of these A. Bitaeniata I got from M Wise a few years ago (second generation) but I haven't had any luck breeding them. I am in Colorado so I recently got to hear him talk about this last trip at out local club meeting.
 

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