Crystal water of Recanto Ecologico Rio da Prata, Bonito, Brazil

Volume of your aquarium: 6200 litres

Dimensions of your aquarium: 430×120×110 cm

List of fishes: Salminus brasiliensis; Myleus micans; Pseudoplatystoma fasciatum; Potamotrygon motoro.

List of plants: Echinodorus argentinensis; Heteranthera zosterifolia

Description of Decorations and Substrate: Large driftwood and black chunks of volcanic rock from Thailand all bear a close resemblance to the local underwater landscape.
The upper water outlet is laid under silver sand with white color, creating the effect of groundwater gushing.

Description of Equipment: Water pump:BOX&WATER TS2-12000L×2
Heating rods:HANG ZHI JING1000W×2
Illuminating system:GREENDEEP5500k-6000k 100W ×2
Spraying system:MUIS B500

Water Parameters: Temperature is 25.3°C,pH is 7.3

Additional Info: All-time drip system

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Description of the Area Surrounding the Biotope: It is one of the most sought-after attractions by everyone who visits Bonito. The city stands out mainly for its springs and rivers of crystal clear water, with a huge amount of fish and underwater life. The feeling of entering this true “aquarium” is an indescribable thing.

Description of the Underwater Landscape of the Biotope: Diving into the blue waters of the Rio de la Plata is that you are flying over the bottom of the river along with the fish, feeling total freedom of movement. Beams of light, antlers and fallen trunks, stone walls and rock formations make up an incredible underwater landscape, which reveals a completely different world from the surface.

Description of the Habitat Parameters: Water is transparent.The average temperature is 25°C.

List of Fishes and Invertebrates Occurring in the Nature Biotope: Astyanax lacustris;
Characidium aff.zebra;
Cichlasoma dimerus;
Crenicichla lepidota;
Crenicichla vittata;
Leporinus macrocephalus;
Leporinus striatus;
Moenkhausia bonita;
Hyphessobrycon eques.

List of Plants Found in the Nature Biotope: Echinodorus macrophyllus;
Nymphaea gardneriana;
Hydrocotyle leucocephala;
Echinodorus argentinensis;
Heteranthera zosterifolia.

Threats to the Ecology of the Biotope: Cabeceira do Prata, which associates a great biodiversity with the presence of transparent waters, allowing an activity of contemplation and interaction with nature. Therefore, by providing contact of visitors from all over the world with this exuberant environment, the tour aims to promote their awareness and disseminate the importance of RPPNs for the conservation of natural areas, in addition to fostering the development of sustainable tourism in the region, an alternative to generating income without destroying natural resources.

Sources of Information:
Rio de la Plata Ecological Nook Official website of tourist attractions(;
Froese, Rainer; Pauly, Daniel (eds.) (2017). “Salminus brasiliensis” in FishBase. February 2017 version;
Miles, P.A. (24 September 2014; updated 29 November 2016). Dorado. GlobalFlyFisher. Retrieved 28 February 2017.