PANAMA – CENTRAL AMERICA
Biotope: this Biotope is an extract of Central American river with some of the cichlid species found in several Central American states but they live mostly under a very similar condition as shown here; mostly over white sand, among or over greyish round shaped rocks. The plants grow along the edges some are submersed.
Fish: Roco octofasciatum, Herichthys carpintis, Vieja argentea, Cryptoheros panamensis, Sturiosoma panamense, Poecilia – two different species (the latter 4 are endemic to Panama).
Plants: Eleocharis species, a species that grows very high, nice for a background and fishes to lay eggs into it as here. Cardamine lyrata, Cyperus species, one dwarf Echinodorus species one large mostly emerse growing species. There are floating plants, like Azolla and Lemna species.
Décor: white sandy ground medium sized roundish grey and grey-white rocks where some started to lay eggs hours after Heiko had introduced them into their “home”.
Water parameters: The pH was 6.7, conductivity around 150 µS/cm, and the temperature between 27.1- 28.2 °C.
Sponsor: the aquarium, décor material, filter and heater were supplied by ZOO-ZAJAC, the fishes were specially imported for this exhibition by Aquarium Dietzenbach for Heiko Bleher.
Every one felt happy in their “home” already after a few hours and the Roco octofasciatum started immediately their courtship and soon laid eggs behind the rock in the back, and the male guarded the same…
… also the Herichthys carpintis made their courtship and competition with one female, which than separated and laid eggs onto a leave of the typical plant of their Central American environment …
… and the livebearer also started to courtship …
… and the Cryptoheros panamensis found its niche, as every one of the many mates. It was a perfect home for all.