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PostPosted: Sat Jan 21, 2012 6:16 pm Post subject: Kerala Pool/Pond Biotope Reply with quote

 Hello  fishfolks,
 
 As  an  American  aquarist,  many  Indian  species  are  hard  to  come  by,  but  I  managed  to  pick  up  groups  of  Parosphromenus  cupanus  and  Chela  dadiburjori  at  a  local  fish  store  some  time  ago.  I  once  had  them  in  a  biotope  set  up  with  Dwarf  puffers,  but  the  puffers  are  long  gone  and  I've  added  other  fish  to  that  tank  since  then.  I  decided  I  wanted  to  try  the  biotope  again,  so  I'm  going  to  move  the  Kerala-area  species  into  a  new  tank  -  a  46gal  (175L)  Bowfront.  I  have  a  few  questions  though...  
 
 1.  Other  than  P.  cupanus  and  C.  dadiburjori,  what  other  species  do  you  suggest  from  the  Kerala  area?
 2.  Would  Caridina  shrimp  fit  this  biotope?
 3.  Would  a  brown  mud  substrate  be  the  right  choice  or  should  it  be  gravel?
 4.  Any  plant  suggestions?
 
 The  species  I  will  most  likely  have  access  to  are:  C.  travancoricus  (Dwarf  Puffer),  Aplocheilus  sp.(Killifish),  and  Puntius  sp.(Barbs)
 I  want  the  Chelas  to  be  the  main  schooling  fish  within  the  tank,  but  I'd  like  to  find  a  bottom-dwelling  species  from  the  habitat  that  doesn't  get  large  enough  to  eat  them.  
 P.  Cupanus  are  the  "focus  fish"  of  the  tank,  since  they  are  exceptionally  rare  within  the  hobby  and  are  from  my  favorite  suborder  of  fish!  (Anabantoidae)
 
 Here's  a  video  of  my  fish  in  their  current  home:
             
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 (Not  really  a  biotope  anymore)
 
 Let  me  know  what  you  think!
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 21, 2012 8:08 pm Post subject: Re: Kerala Pool/Pond Biotope Reply with quote

 A  good  setup  you  have
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 21, 2012 8:35 pm Post subject: Re: Kerala Pool/Pond Biotope Reply with quote

 Very  nice.  thanks  for  sharing.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 22, 2012 5:23 am Post subject: Re: Kerala Pool/Pond Biotope Reply with quote

 Any  advice  on  more  Kerala  species  to  add?
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 22, 2012 8:10 am Post subject: Re: Kerala Pool/Pond Biotope Reply with quote

 You  have  quite  a  few  options  when  it  comes  to  bottom  dwellers.  I  guessing  you  get   Garra  and  Schistura  /  Mesonemacheilus  spp.  in  your  LFS???  Species  like  M.triangularis  and  Schistura  sp.  Crimson  should  fit  in  well.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 22, 2012 8:15 am Post subject: Re: Kerala Pool/Pond Biotope Reply with quote

 Some  options  include  lepidocephalichthys  sp  (Bottom),  Rasbora  sp  (Mid  level)
 
 Apochelius  sp  will  give  you  some  options  for  the  top  swimming  range
 
 Also  add  some  Awaous  sp  which  dont  grow  big  for  a  micro  predator..
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 22, 2012 9:29 am Post subject: Re: Kerala Pool/Pond Biotope Reply with quote

 Would  loaches  be  acceptable  for  a  pond  environment  though?  I  don't  plan  on  having  much  flow  in  the  tank...  But  M.  triangularis  and  Schistura  sp.  Crimson  are  gorgeous  fish!  
 
 How  about  Caridina  shrimp  species?  They  tend  to  dwell  on  the  bottom,  right?
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 22, 2012 10:59 am Post subject: Re: Kerala Pool/Pond Biotope Reply with quote

 pseudosphromenus  dayi?
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 22, 2012 1:02 pm Post subject: Re: Kerala Pool/Pond Biotope Reply with quote

 Would  P.  cupanus  and  P.  dayi  hybridize  or  fight?  I've  never  seen  P.  dayi  for  sale...
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 22, 2012 6:35 pm Post subject: Re: Kerala Pool/Pond Biotope Reply with quote

                                                   
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How  about  Caridina  shrimp  species?  They  tend  to  dwell  on  the  bottom,  right?                
 With  Parosphromenus   cupanus  and  Badis  in  your  tank,  (dwarf)shrimps  will  be  eaten.
   My  2cents?,  money  spend  on  schimps  lasts  about  a  day...,  Maybe  a  macrobrachium,  then  again,  your  fish  might  be  on  the  menucard.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 22, 2012 8:30 pm Post subject: Re: Kerala Pool/Pond Biotope Reply with quote

 Is  there  no  flow  right  now???
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 23, 2012 12:27 pm Post subject: Re: Kerala Pool/Pond Biotope Reply with quote

                                                   
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How  about  Caridina  shrimp  species?  They  tend  to  dwell  on  the  bottom,  right?                
 With  Parosphromenus  ¬†cupanus  and  Badis  in  your  tank,  (dwarf)shrimps  will  be  eaten.
   My  2cents?,  money  spend  on  schimps  lasts  about  a  day...,  Maybe  a  macrobrachium,  then  again,  your  fish  might  be  on  the  menucard.                

 
 Ah  okay,  so  the  shrimp  wouldn't  work.  Good  to  know.  ¬†Smile  Flow  will  be  low.  Just  the  flow  from  the  HOB  filter.
 
 Here's  a  GIS  generated  map  of  Kottayam  area  with  P.  cupanus,  C.  travancoricus,  and  C.  dadiburjori  marked.  This  site  is  really  useful  for  biotope  aquaria  since  you  can  look  at  the  actual  collection  reports.  I  might  just  stick  with  these  three  species  since  I  have  access  to  them  and  they  clearly  live  within  the  same  environment,  but  I  also  found  several  Puntius  species  that  live  in  the  same  area...  Though  I  would  prefer  to  have  Chela  dadiburjori  as  the  only  schooling  fish.
 
 


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