Quebradas – small stream near Iquitos

51st place in Biotope Aquarium Design Contest 2016

hungary Hungary. Dániel Szabó

Aquarium Volume: 60 L
Fish and invertebrates: Apistogramma baenschi, Hyphessobrycon nigricinctus
Plants list: None
Biotope description: The Loreto region, the biggest department of all Peru. Its capital is Iquitos The city is surrounded by forests and countless small streams, which is called Quebrados for the locals. These streams flow in the Nanay or in the Itaya River. The water is here very soft (15 – 90 ppm) and acidic (pH: 4.0 – 6.5) the water is brown, the falling leaves colored. The sunlight percolated through the bough of the trees. There is not aquatic vegetation but the roots of trees hang into the water. In the dry season the streams are only 30 cm wide and very shallow for small Chichilds (Apistogramma sp.) Characins (Hyphessobrycon sp., Phyrrula  sp.) and give dwelling space for non-seasonal killifish species (Rivulus sp.). The mikropredators feed crustaceans, larvae and arthropods that is falling in to the water.

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