My South American Aquarium Biotopes

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  1. japes

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    Hey guys,

    Apologies if anyones like "oh here's this japes guy again with his bloody tank updates", but I've made a decent amount of changes lately and stock that I've been growing up for the last 12-18 months is maturing nicely. Handful of shots I've taken over the last month and a bit of my Eartheaters. Canon EOS400D, 50MM F1.8 and Canon 24-70MM F2.8, tank lighting only.

    I'll sort them by tanks:

    140G Rio Essequibo, Guyana Biotope

    9x Satanoperca leucosticta
    20x Hyphessobrycon rosaceus "Rosy Tetra"
    28x Hemigrammus erythrozonus "Glowlight Tetra"
    7x Corydoras panda (WTB Corydoras melanistius)

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    Dominant male (sexually mature, 15.5cm TL)

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    Flirting between a sub-dominant male (or possibly female) and breeding female, while the male was holding.


    75G Rio Tapajos/Rio Amazonas Biotope

    6x Geophagus sp. "Araguaia Orange Head" (3M 3F)
    42x Hyphessobrycon pulchripinnis "Lemon Tetra"
    8x Nannostomus beckfordi "Golden Pencilfish"
    8x Corydoras julii
    5x Otocinclus hoppei

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    Male from the primary breeding pair.

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    Second, although probably dominant male, has quite the temper and likes beating up women.

    Anyway, I'll save you all some bandwidth and stop there, thanks for looking.
     
  2. lostdude

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    your tank water is so clean :lol: :thumbup::thumbup::thumbup:

    very nice fish as always
     
  3. MR CHILLED

    MR CHILLED D'oh!

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    Wow, now they are some absolutely stunning fish......and the pictures excellent.....may want to put up some pics in the Gallery forum, if you haven't already : )
     
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    Japes awesome pix once again. Nice tanks as well. I will have to learn to use my POS POS (point and shoot, piece of shit camera when I get my new tank set up).
     
  5. BigDave

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    "oh here's this japes guy again with his bloody tank updates"

    Just kidding, :) Bout time mate been a whlie but very welcome, "AWESOME" Maybe even put some of your pics in the OCAU photo gallery. :thumbup:

    The last one is now my new desktop :cool:
     
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  6. MUTMAN

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    please feel free to hammer my bandwidth anytime your fishes are feeling photogenic :thumbup:
     
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    The Orange Heads are always photogenic and I'm always tempted to get shots of them. The "swimming pile-on" that is my S. leucosticta colony is usually not so much.

    I've put a few of the shots up in the photo section but they all love their landscapes and half-naked women ;)

    Shot from yesterday that I quite like, reintroduced some Terminalia catappa (Indian Almond Leaves) into both tanks and the Tapajos setup currently has no Purigen running on it until about mid-week so the Tannins are starting to take over.

    I'm a big fan of them though to be honest. Rest of the household says it looks dirty though.

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    Stunning colurs.... :thumbup:
     
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    japes how do you get the water so clean in the tank?
     
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    As all ways you make me jealous:thumbup:

    Well done mate that is superb!!
     
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    The 140G is sumped with heaps of mechanical filtration, with final polishing done with 50 Micron Felt.

    75G just has Eheim Canisters with AquaOne mech pads cut to fit and the usual Eheim media/central pad. Nothing fancy.
     
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    Beautiful fish indeed, They remind me of a snapper the shape of them ofcourse, nature is beautiful :)
     
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    I get the Bream references quite a lot ;)

    Some shots of my Satanoperca leucosticta from today - preparing to spawn, cleaning leaves.

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    I can see how people mistake them for Bream. That have a very similar silhouette.

    Completely jealous of your tanks as usual Japes. :p:thumbup:
     
  15. SuiCid3

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    I wouldn't mind getting my hands on a couple of Lemon Tetras myself.
    Those are some interesting colours that I haven't seen before (on Tetras).

    Your Orange Heads are awesome to look at as always. :thumbup:
    As is your setup!
     
  16. Darmok

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    as you mentioned above... I use a small bag of Purigen in my filter, and I swear by it...

    always makes the water crystal clear..

    takes me a day or so to 'regenerate' it.. soaking in bleach. (often several times, before it goes white again).. then another day to soak it in Prime, and water conditioner, to get rid of the bleach smell

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    Yeah I've usually got 300ml of Purigen in both tanks, although I quite like the tannins.
     
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    funny.. we strive to have 100% clear water... when in reality, it's rarely like that in the wild.. where the fish originate from! :)

    Yes.. I've seen some Tannin-water tanks in some aquarium shops, and they look pretty cool. lots of leaf-litter on the floor

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    Here's a full shot of my Tapajos biotope without Purigen present, with leaves. There's a few more in there now but the fish absolute love the tannins so I've kept the Purigen off it to regenerate for at least a few weeks.

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    Mate, Hope you do not mind ,I made some of the photos my desk top back ground lol
     

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