Biotope behaviour at its best!
I was reading through the June issue of PFK when I chanced upon the biotope build that Nathan Hill put together for the humble Neon tetra.
Being someone who dabbles (or maybe I should say who is infected by the biotope bug), this article really caught my interest. It’s not just the process of how he set up his biotope tank for Neons, but also the experience he had in order to achieve his results.
I could understand how Nathan felt and what he experienced in his article, because that is what I also experienced when I set up my interpretation of a Lake Inle biotope. It took a month or more for the invertebrate population of this tank to start populating like crazy! And now I find it so natural and enjoyable to watch.
The set-up is a 50 x 50 x 50cm rimless cube tank, holding 125 l, with LED lighting and a canister filter that I set to a very low output from its spray bar. Nathan Hill, in his Tailpiece article, spoke of something that rang true and I personally saw this in my Lake Inle biotope. He said: “You can take the fish out of the Amazon, but you can’t take the Amazon out of the fish”. This is certainly true in my experiences with this kind of set-up (although in my case, for ‘Amazon’, let’s just read ‘wild’).
I currently have a small group of Asian rummy noses, Sawbwa resplendens, and Emerald dwarf rasboras, Celestichthys erythromicron, and upon introduction to the tank they were skittish at first and I kept them in darkness for some time to let them get used to their new environment, so they weren’t stressed out.
It was on the second day that I noticed the hunting behaviour that Nathan spoke of in the Neon tetras that were in his biotope tank. It’s fascinating to watch and I am glad that I set up a biotope tank and got to witness the behaviour that might not be seen otherwise in a normal planted set-up.
Thank you for reading this. I hope to keep on biotoping as it is something that I now really enjoy doing. Andy Basuki, Indonesia
I’m dropping you a line just to say how much I loved Nathan Hill’s biotope for Neons in PFK June.
I found his description of the stinking mess it all turned into as it was maturing as delightful as the natural behaviour he witnessed as a result of all his efforts.
While I can see that the aquarium would not appeal to everyone (it certainly wouldn’t win favour with my good lady), I thought it was a remarkable achievement and I loved it.
Asian rummy nose, Sawbwa resplendens.