Small Stream in the Allpahuayo Mishana National Reserve, Loreto, Peru

98th place in Biotope Aquarium Design Contest 2019

Peru. Luis Alejandro Silva Paima

Volume: 350 L
Dimensions: 140x50x50 cm
List of fishes: Hemigrammus pulcher
Hemigrammus ocellifer
Moenkhausia comma
Moenkhausia agnesae
Briconops melanurus
Aequidens tetramerus
Apistogramma athualpa
Crenuchus spirulus
Pyrrhulina laeta.
List of plants: Mayaca fluviatilis, moss
Description of decorations: Branches, roots, trunks, dry leaves, as it is in the environment it represents.
The natural white sand substrate that was obtained directly from the allpahuayo mishana national reserve
Description of equipment: 2 blooming LEDs and water recirculator filter.
Water parameters: Temperatura : 28°c
pH : 5
Additional info: The filter has a hose to obtain air, thus properly oxygenates the aquarium and creates a stream of water as in the natural environment


Description of the area surrounding the biotope: The Allpahuayo Mishana National Reserve, is located in the province of Maynas, department of Loreto, and has an extension of 57 667.43 hectares. It is mainly characterized by its rare white sand forests and flood forests. The first of these forms a very special ecosystem with a high diversity of soils and different drainage conditions.
The presence of about 145 species of mammals has been recorded, 475 species of birds, of which 21 of them are exclusive to white sand forests, also the presence of 83 species of amphibians has been reported, They have also been found 120 species of reptiles and 155 species of fish.

Description of the underwater landscape of the biotope: The streams in the white sand forests are characterized by their marked brown color, product of the tannins that are produced by the decomposition of organic matter, the branches, roots and leaves are part of this ecosystem and provides refuge to fish such as apistograms.

Description of the parameters of the habitat: El agua tiene una transparencia de has 1 metro, la temperatura varía entre 26, 27 7 28°c.
pH varía y debido al tipo de agua que posee me mantiene entre 3,4,5.

List of fishes and invertebrates occurring in the nature biotope: Jupiaba anteroides, Satanoperca jurupari, Leporinus fridereci, Leporinus moralesi, Ancistrus sp, Auchenipterichthys sp, Crenicichla cincta, Eigenmannia virescens, Heros efasciatus, Hemigrammus pulcher, Hemigrammus ocellifer, Moenkhausia comma, Moenkhausia agnesae, Briconops melanurus, Aequidens tetramerus, Apistogramma athualpa, Crenuchus spilurus, Pyrrhulina laeta, etc.

List of plants found in the nature biotope: Macaya fluviatilis, tonina fluviatilis, Mosses.

Threats to the ecology: Part of the reserve is made up of private land, these farms can cause some deterioration of the environment of the reserve, since they grow using insecticides, in addition to raising animals such as pigs, cows, chickens, etc., the waste of these can affect the water Around the reserve.

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Comments of the members of the jury of Biotope Aquarium Design Contest 2019