Heiko’s Lower Congo Creek Biotope

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.

Heiko Bleher (October 18, 1944) is an explorer and researcher of fresh and brackish water habitats of the world. He is the founder and managing editor of Aqua, International Journal of Ichthyology and the author of numerous books. His life’s work has been dedicated to the conservation of the freshwater habitats of the world and he is well known within the scientific community for his contribution to the exploration of freshwater habitats in over 210 countries worldwide. He has discovered many new fish and plant species from fresh and brackish waters including numerous which several bear his name. Since the 1970s, Bleher has given lectures and seminars all over the world and in 2009 alone, he was invited to give 58 lectures on freshwater habitats, biotopes, biotope aquariums and about the incredible facts relating to man’s continuous destruction of freshwater habitats. For his contributions to the aquarium hobby, Heiko was elected Man of the Year in England in 1993 and later again in France in 2009. He was elected Scientist of the year 2008 for his world-wide contribution to ichthyology by CAOAC. Recently (2010) he was awarded Fellow of The Explorers Club in New York.

Heiko Bleher

Heiko Bleher (October 18, 1944) is an explorer and researcher of fresh and brackish water habitats of the world. He is the founder and managing editor of Aqua, International Journal of Ichthyology and the author of numerous books. His life's work has been dedicated to the conservation of the freshwater habitats of the world and he is well known within the scientific community for his contribution to the exploration of freshwater habitats in over 210 countries worldwide. He has discovered many new fish and plant species from fresh and brackish waters including numerous which several bear his name. Since the 1970s, Bleher has given lectures and seminars all over the world and in 2009 alone, he was invited to give 58 lectures on freshwater habitats, biotopes, biotope aquariums and about the incredible facts relating to man's continuous destruction of freshwater habitats. For his contributions to the aquarium hobby, Heiko was elected Man of the Year in England in 1993 and later again in France in 2009. He was elected Scientist of the year 2008 for his world-wide contribution to ichthyology by CAOAC. Recently (2010) he was awarded Fellow of The Explorers Club in New York.

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