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 While  I  would  love  to  call  it  that,  I  don't  think  it  is  even  close  to  correct  except  for  the  inhabitants.  It  is  a  regular  2*1*1  with  a  800  lph  HOB  for  filtration.  Inhabitants  are  12  Rama  chandramara  and  10  Puntius  gelius.  I  am  planning  to  add  some  Puntius  sharmai  and  1  or  2  Lepidocephalichthys  thermalis  as  these  fish  are  similar  in  temperment  to  the  ones  in  the  tank.  I  use  a  mix  of  FBS  and  blood  worms  for  feed.  Decor  used  in  the  tank  is  fine  sand,  smooth  pebbles  and  rocks  arranged  into  cave  like  structures  and  some  branchy  drift  wood.
 
 A  beel  is  basically  a  water  body  that  collects  overflowing  water  from  rivers  during  floods  or  other  similar  situations.  These  2  species  are  generally  found  in  such  habitats  (in  addition  to  others).  I  don't  think  beels  will  have  plants  but  I  added  some  Egeria  densa  as  the  fish  would  be  more  comfortable.  The  long  journey  from  a  field  trip  seems  to  have  killed  off  some  of  the  plants.  
 
 
 
 
 The  alleged  biotope.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 Puntius  gelius.  These  are  extremely  shy.  I  had  to  focus  through  a  hole  in  a  piece  of  drift  wood  to  get  a  clear  shot.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
             
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 Rama  chandramara  vs  chironomid.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 04, 2012 8:42 am Post subject: Re: NE Beel Biotope Reply with quote

 Beautiful...!!
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 Lovely  fish!  Balaji,  i  somehow  dont  like  the  E.densa  in  this  setup.  Would  look  good  bare  too.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 04, 2012 9:29 am Post subject: Re: NE Beel Biotope Reply with quote

 Looks  fresh!  It  would  look  nice  if  you  cover  the  background.
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 Good  one  whatever  you  call  it  Thumb Up
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 04, 2012 10:10 am Post subject: Re: NE Beel Biotope Reply with quote

 Marc,
 
 Success!!!!!  Congratulations!!!!!  Clapping   
 You  have  managed  to  convert  yet  another  renegade  to  the  Puntius  family  Thumb Up  
 
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 04, 2012 10:44 am Post subject: Re: NE Beel Biotope Reply with quote

 Super  catman.  Gelius  is  shy  have  kept  them  before.  Phutino's  you  suggested  are  the  opposite.  Always  come  to  the  front  begging  for  food.  You  should  try  them  next.  Nice  setup   Thumb Up  and  steady  hands  for  good  pics  Wink  .
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 Tank  looks  nice.  Are  the  Rama  shoaling?
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 04, 2012 11:25 am Post subject: Re: NE Beel Biotope Reply with quote

 Nice  setup  Balaji.  Very  much  a  beel  biotope.   Thumb Up  
 IMO,  chanas  would  have  looked  nice  in  here.  
 Try  and  add  few  mystus  varieties.   Smile   
 
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 04, 2012 11:48 am Post subject: Re: NE Beel Biotope Reply with quote

 Thanks  all.
 
 
                                                 
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Lovely  fish!  Balaji,  i  somehow  dont  like  the  E.densa  in  this  setup.  Would  look  good  bare  too.                

 
 Frankly  I  am  not  much  of  an  aesthetics  guy.  Anything  that  helps  the  fish  feel  comfortable  works  for  me.  I  added  the  plants  only  recently  and  the  fish  are  out  and  swimming  around  more  than  usual.I  was  told  these  were  the  only  plants  (in  addition  to  Crypts)  that  would  survive  these  conditions.  Fine  sand,  only  ambient  sunlight  and  heavy  flow.  Any  other  plant  suggestions  are  welcome.
 
 
                                                 
Prem  kk  wrote  (View  Post):                
Looks  fresh!  It  would  look  nice  if  you  cover  the  background.                

 
 Won't  that  block  out  whatever  little  light  that  comes  in???  I  have  no  clue  as  to  how  much  light  these  plants  require.
 
 
 
                                                 
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 Marc,
 
 Success!!!!!  Congratulations!!!!!  Clapping   
 You  have  managed  to  convert  yet  another  renegade  to  the  Puntius  family  Thumb Up  
 
 Regards,
                 

 
 Ha  ha.  I  am  also  keeping  P.filamentosus  and  P.tambraparaniei  now.  I  blame  it  all  on  Marcus.
 
 
                                                 
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 Super  catman.  Gelius  is  shy  have  kept  them  before.  Phutino's  you  suggested  are  the  opposite.  Always  come  to  the  front  begging  for  food.  You  should  try  them  next.  Nice  setup   Thumb Up  and  steady  hands  for  good  pics  Wink  .
                 

 
 
 Will  do  soon.  (I  blame  Marcus  for  this  again)
 
 
                                                 
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 Tank  looks  nice.  Are  the  Rama  shoaling?
                 

 
 Nope.  All  settled  in  now  and  fighting  over  food.
 
 
                                                 
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 Nice  setup  Balaji.  Very  much  a  beel  biotope.   Thumb Up  
 IMO,  chanas  would  have  looked  nice  in  here.  
 Try  and  add  few  mystus  varieties.   Smile   
 
 Regards  
 Simanta
                 

 
 The  tank  is  too  small  for  Channa  I  think.  I  wanted  to  add  Mystus  carcio  to  this  tank  too  but  wasn't  lucky  enough  to  get  them.  Next  time  for  sure.  What  other  fish  do  you  generally  see  in  beels???
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 04, 2012 12:59 pm Post subject: Re: NE Beel Biotope Reply with quote

 Cool  biotope  tank  :)
 
 If  planning  to  introduce  Lepidocephalichthys  thermalis,  make  sure  you  have  a  hood/net  on  top.  3  of  them  jumped  out  of  my  tank.
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Marc,
 
 Success!!!!!  Congratulations!!!!!  Clapping   
 You  have  managed  to  convert  yet  another  renegade  to  the  Puntius  family  Thumb Up  
 
 Regards,                

 
 Thanks  Nayak,  it  was  not  easy........   Chuckle  
 
 
                                                 
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 Ha  ha.  I  am  also  keeping  P.filamentosus  and  P.tambraparaniei  now.  I  blame  it  all  on  Marcus.
 
                 

 
 Wonderful   Clapping  thats  music  to  my  ears.  BTW  Balaji,  good  job.  I  like  your  tank  setup.  Bring  on  the  P.  tambraparniei  setup  also.
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Wonderful   Clapping  thats  music  to  my  ears.  BTW  Balaji,  good  job.  I  like  your  tank  setup.  Bring  on  the  P.  tambraparniei  setup  also.                

 
 Ha  ha.  The  count  of  catfish  you  are  keeping  is  greater  than  the  number  of  barbs  I  am  keeping.  So  there.  Razz  
 
 
 Unfortunately  lost  a  lot  of  the  barbs  in  transit.  I  will  be  passing  them  onto  Prasoon  as  they  will  be  happier  in  a  group.  Only  1  P.tambraparaniei  and  2  P.filamentosus  survived.  
 
 
 Ps  :  We  need  to  collect   P.sharmai  again.
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Cool  biotope  tank  :)
 
 If  planning  to  introduce  Lepidocephalichthys  thermalis,  make  sure  you  have  a  hood/net  on  top.  3  of  them  jumped  out  of  my  tank.                

 
 
 Oh  ok.  I  didn't  think  they  would  do  that.  I  wouldn't  mind  skipping  these  at  all.  I  can't   think  of  any  other  easily  available  peaceful  loaches  that  would  suit  the  tank  though.
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 good  start.
 the  gelius  can  be  shy  and  though  one  would  think  otherwise,  they  do  compete  with  the  phutinio  well  for  food.  just  a  suggestion..try  adding  some  more  plants  ,if  possible  floating  ones  and  make  a  clearing  somewhere  in  the  central  part  with  sand.  fits  with  all  the  beels  ive  been  to  here.   Thumb Up
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