Rio Xingu biotope

Pretty much explains itself really. If you have questions about tank set-ups, tank furniture, (caves etc) chuck them in here!

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Post by coralite » Mon Jun 21, 2010 7:22 am

another full tank shot
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Post by Joby » Mon Jun 21, 2010 1:41 pm

Great picture, its good to see your zebs out and about :)

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Post by coralite » Mon Jun 21, 2010 3:43 pm

Thanks for the compliments everyone. Many people complain that they never see their zebs but mine are always in plain view. I feed often, have a few ground dither fish and the light is on the dim to moderate side. I think feeding them a lot of food, and often, keeps them hanging out expecting more. Now I just need to get the right caves for these guys to breed in.
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Re: Rio Xingu biotope

Post by Rob » Mon Jun 21, 2010 10:15 pm

Hi Coralite, the set-up looks excellent.

Definately some of the nicest specimens I have seen. Have a search through the site as there is some good advice on selecting cave sizes.

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Post by coralite » Tue Jun 22, 2010 5:12 am

thanks again for the props, here is a video of the zebras at feeding time.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9AKFZH6qwKA
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Post by John » Tue Jun 22, 2010 7:06 am

Nice movie :)
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Re: Rio Xingu biotope

Post by Joby » Tue Jun 22, 2010 8:07 am

Thats a great video :)

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Post by Linzi Zeb » Tue Jun 22, 2010 9:12 am

Hi,

Excellent tank! I was just wondering how you go about cleaning the substrate? Do the banks at either side provide the support for the rocks or are the rocks secured in some other way? I've tried to make a deep substrate in my tank but I'm worried about potential rock movement/landslides during maintenance. You've managed it effortlessly!

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Re: Rio Xingu biotope

Post by Jacqueline » Tue Jun 22, 2010 3:09 pm

Absolutely love this tank :luw:
You've done a great job!! Very nice zebra's too 8)

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Re: Rio Xingu biotope

Post by shamrock » Tue Jun 22, 2010 5:10 pm

can't wait till i move so i can get set up a tank :D

ps. as above, how do you actually clean this tank out? with all the additional rocks and scaping must get tricky?

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Post by coralite » Tue Jun 22, 2010 10:59 pm

Yes the sand banks gradually level out with the center valley. I do a siphon change every couple weeks or so and when I have my gravel siphon full of gravel, I just dump the cleaned gravel in the back corners while taking care not to bury anyone. Sounds like a pain but it makes for a pleasant slightly shifting, organic layout. That and the flatness of the sandbed is an indicator of when it's time for a water change.
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Re: Rio Xingu biotope

Post by shamrock » Wed Jun 23, 2010 7:57 am

did you opt to go for larger substrate? easier to maintain maybe vs finer ie sand? is it the rio xingu substrate that you use?

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Post by coralite » Wed Jun 23, 2010 8:35 pm

Hey Shamrock, I use the ADA Rio Xingu substrate as it is quite fitting to do a Rio Xingu biotope. When the gravel is fresh cleaned the homgeneity of the mix is apparent but once it's been a while since a water change, the coarse grains will be on top as in the image of the zebras and corydoras gossei.
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Post by Linzi Zeb » Wed Jun 23, 2010 8:58 pm

Where abouts are you based? I've been trying to source this substrate in the UK with difficulty...
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Re: Rio Xingu biotope

Post by coralite » Thu Jun 24, 2010 4:36 am

I live in the central part of the United States. You can probably order some from either Aquarium Design Group in Texas or Aqua Forrest in San Francisco. One of them should be able to ship to you
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