Forest streams of Loango National Park

58th place in Biotope Aquarium Design Contest 2016

russian_federation Russia. Aleksandr Tkachuk

Aquarium Volume: 30 L
Fish and invertebrates: Aphyosemion striatum
Plants list: Coffea charrieriana, Elaeis guineensis
Biotope description: Loango National Park is located in the western part of the Republic of Gabon. Anthropogenic load is minimized, since the park assigned to reserve status, and it is a specially protected natural area on the basis of the decision of the World Conservation Union (World Conservation Union), as well as the International Union of The Protection of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN). On this basis, in the park there is a direction of “eco-tourism” to preserve species diversity of Loango Park. Ecotourism development in this area is based on the concept of “Tourism pays for Conservation”. Daytime air temperatures in the area range from 24-26 ± 3°C, depending on the distance from the coast, the night temperature is not below 20°C. The amount of rain is about 1800 mm per year, relative humidity is about 94-96%. Water temperature is 25-26°C. Biotope of Aphysemion stiatum is a puddle with rain nutrition, as well as a shallow (about 20 cm deep) streams with slow current, muddy light sandy soil, covered with lots of dark fallen leaves of plants such as Coffea charrieriana, and various representatives of the family Arecaceae. On the bottom there are roots of coastal plants, forming a web of entanglements. Light is dim due to well-developed layering forests and densely branching plants, which create a natural light scattering and shadowing. Water is slightly acidic (pH 5.5 to 6.5) and sufficiently soft: from 5 to 7 of dH, full of tonins and humic acids due to the presence at the bottom of the leaf litter, water color is from light yellow to chocolate.

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

Superb tank showing threatened habitat.

Jeremy Gay (Great Britain)