HABITAT OF A SMALL CREEK IN THE LOWER CONGO REGION
Biotope: this represents an authentic small river biotope of the lower Congo River. There lives a variety of beautiful fishes and also some smaller predators (such as Polypterus).Smaller cichlids, tetras, Synodontis and Gnathonemus species dwell over and under rocks, gravel and driftwood with interesting vegetation.
Fishes: Hemichromis species, Steatocranus casuarius, Syndontis decorus, Gnathonemus petersi, Polypterus ornatipinnis, Phenacogrammus caudalis, Pantodon buchholzi, etc..
Plants: the aquatic vegetation consists of Bolbitis and Anubia species, and most of those are rooted on driftwood and rocks near the edges of the creek, as decorated.
Décor: beige sand, some gravel and rocks (roundish), on which the Hemichromis started to lay eggs right away, just hours after Heiko had introduced them into their “home”.
Water parameters: The pH was 5.8, conductivity around 35 µS/cm, and the temperature between 27.5- 28.5 °C.