Dibru River, Dibrugarh, Assam

44th place in Biotope Aquarium Design Contest 2016

greece Greece. Christos Nikolakoulis

Aquarium Volume: 250 L
Fish and invertebrates: Channa bleheri , Penthia ticto, Botia histrionica
Plants list: Cryptocoryne spiralis, Cryptocoryne wendtii, Cryptocoryne undulata, Hydrophila angustifolia, Pistia stratiotes
Biotope description: The aquarium was set up based on a biotope of Dibru River of Dibrugarh in Assam. Dibru river is a main tributary of the Brahamputra the confluence of it being at about 18km east of Dibrugarh City. Like any other parts of Assam, the area is endowed with extensive water resources. The district possesses a large number of wetlands of varying sizes. The area has a ‘tropical monsoon rainforest’ climate characterised by heavy rainfall, high humidity and hot summer temperatures. The biotope shown is the place almost authenticly copied from the one where the beautiful Channa bleheri lives, which Heiko Bleher  have discovered many years ago. The water is mostly clear, but after a heavy rain all is turbid. The habitat consists of many leaves, branches, roots, logs and aquatic vegetation mostly Cryptocoryne species, Hydrophila species and floating plants mainly Pistia stratiotes. The gravel is with black and white stones in some areas. At this region we can find also many fish species such as botia, mystus, noemacheilus, barbs, Bagarius and other catfishes.

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Comments of the members of the jury of Biotope Aquarium Design Contest 2016

It is just amazing. This layout is perfectly done, I believe no one could have done it better, everything is correct here: plants, roots, fishes, decorative technique, colour… Outstanding example what research and attention to detail can yield. Congratulations!

Dimitris Ioannou (Greece)