Bleher’s Biotopes at the 13th Zierfische & Aquarium

Germany – Duisburg, 1-4 October, 2010

Image At the 13th Zierfische & Aquarium 2010 Heiko Bleher decorated again 4 nature biotopes, according to what he had seen in nature, including their exact environment and mates. Heiko’s nature biotopes were appreciated by nearly 29,000 visitors, and some, including Jack Wattley from the USA, said it is the best at the Zierfische & Aquarium. Aquapress also received later e-mails with compliments…

This years Zierfische & Aquarium was again a very big success and attracted over 29,000 visitors, which appreciated Heiko Bleher’s four nature biotope aquariums. For decades Heiko is trying to show people around the globe by lectures & seminars and by decorating the aquariums accordingly, to keep fishes as in nature with the correct partner fishes and in the correct, nature-like, environment. He was able to help the hobby world-wide, as his Grandfather and mother did. Heiko proofed each time when he decorated an aquarium according to nature with the correct fish community that immediately some started to spawn right away on the first day. And it was no different this time. In two out of the four aquariums the fishes started to lay eggs within a few hours. See in detail some pictures and information on each one of the four nature biotopes.
Unfortunately two Heckel Discus (S. discus) out of six became a small scratch on the sides from a tiny piece of iron, which was still in one of the driftwoods in the aquarium. These Discus had specially been collected by Hudson Crizanto’s fishermen in the Rio Nhamundá and Hudson had quarantined them for month’ and they arrived the day before the opening at Frankfurt airport where Heiko picked them up and decorated the aquariums all night … And there was a single man (out of 29,000) who claimed that this was a disgrace to show such fishes. Therefore we would like for some of you to have a look at this authentic Rio Nhamundá biotope below and let us know what you think about it at [email protected] The six Heckel Discus were healthy, ate happily and went after this show also to Shanghai, China, where they were again appreciated by over 25,000 visitors and the scratches were long healed up …    

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The Bleher’s Nature Biotopes, appreciated by Jack Wattely from USA, Vera from Malta and about 29,000 other people from all over Europe and Asia. Below in detail, and for further information on each, please go to Read more …

 
ImageRio Nhamundá biotope

ImageSmall creek in the lower Congo region

Detailed description and photos of this biotope under water…

Image Central American biotope 

Detailed description and photos of this biotope under water…

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15 thoughts on “Bleher’s Biotopes at the 13th Zierfische & Aquarium

  1. Coryaddicts Post author

    Heiko,
    Wow! the Discus were gorgeous and the biotopes were stunning.
    Coryaddicts, West Midlands – UK, 04 December 2010

  2. Christian Méndez Post author

    Excelentes fotografías don Heiko, esos ejemplares de discos que nos muestra están muy hermosos, y los biotopos solamente se puede decir que están increiblemente bellos, gracias por compartirlos.
    Saludos
    Christian Méndez, Naranjo, Alajuela – Costa Rica, 4 December 2010

  3. Gibby Post author

    Hello Heiko
    You have helped me finally decide what sort of biotope I would like in my tank; although I will not be using the wild discus that you used, nor the ray. I would like to do something similar to your CABURI – LOWER AMAZONIA, BRAZIL and wondered if you could supply me with a bit more information.
    What were the dimensions of the tank that you used for the biotope? What type of stand was used to support it?
    What type of rock is used on the right hand side and what would you estimate the weight to be?
    Would it be possible to use artificial rocks instead and if so then do you have any recommendations? As I have weirs in the back corners of my tank I would like to have a formation coming at a diagonal which would mean much more rock and I’m slightly concerned about loading one side of the tank.
    Would the Geophagus and Satanoperca be ok with fine gravel or do you recommend solely sand? If sand then what would be the maximum particle size?
    I have noticed that some people keep Apteronotus albifrons (black ghost knife fish) with their discus; would they be correct for this biotope or are they from a different area?
    Thanks
    Gibby, Bekshire – UK, 30 November 2010

  4. Answer from Heiko Bleher Post author

    Hi,
    sorry for the late answer, but I was not informed and I am extreme busy for PFK and for volume 2 to finalize everything.
    Here some answers to your questions:
    Q.: What were the dimensions of the tank that you used for the biotope? What type of stand was used to support it?
    A.: 200 cm x 60 cm x 60 cm, just wooden pallets
    Q.: What type of rock is used on the right hand side and what would you estimate the weight to be?
    A.: Red Lava stone, easy to get and no heavy – same as on the cover of my book: Bleher’s Discus volume 1 (and the description inside).
    Q.: Would it be possible to use artificial rocks instead and if so then do you have any recommendations? As I have weirs in the back corners of my tank I would like to have a formation coming at a diagonal which would mean much more rock and I’m slightly concerned about loading one side of the tank.
    A.: Lava stones do weigh nothing, very light rocks.
    Q.: Would the Geophagus and Satanoperca be ok with fine gravel or do you recommend solely sand? If sand then what would be the maximum particle size?
    A.: You should have some gravel and some sand – definitely both.
    Q.: I have noticed that some people keep Apteronotus albifrons (black ghost knife fish) with their discus; would they be correct for this biotope or are they from a different area?
    A.: Yes you can keep them, but not small ones.
    Best regards
    Heiko Bleher
    http://www.aquapress-Bleher.com

  5. Dominik Post author

    WOW, great job on those biotopes Heiko, truly impressive.
    Dominik, Chicago, IL – USA, 29 November 2010

  6. Brian Post author

    Biotopes are looking great Heiko, lots of ideas for me to borrow.
    When are you next going back to rain forests of Brazil?
    Brian, Soutgh West wales – UK, 28 November 2010

  7. René Claus Post author

    Hello Heiko,
    Yes of course you may place my comment on your website and it is me who is honored!
    Regarding the scratches on the fish, what a nonsense! First, something like this can always happen and of course that is a shame. But with healthy fish, this will restore very fast. I know that from experience. Has this man ever seen a picture of a wild caught discus with piranha bites? Then he should know a discus is no softy! The real disgrace is the fact that he wrote his idiotic remarks to people all around the world! He has no idea what he is talking about.
    Best regards,
    René Claus, Maastricht – The Netherlands, 24 November 2010

  8. René Claus Post author

    Dear Heiko,
    Reading your article on the Duisberg Fair and the comment from this one person on showing wild Heckel discus in a show aquarium, I felt obliged to respond.
    First let me say that I have been inspired by your work for a long time now. The detailed biotope descriptions in your books ‘Bleher’s Discus’ and Discusbook 01′ with extensive information on natural fish communities and feeding habits have been a guiding principle for me on how to keep my wild discus fish in the best possible way. You have even been so kind to reply to my Emails and give me valuable tips & tricks. Again a big thanks for that!
    Now regarding the Nhamundá biotope set up you created at the Duisburg fair. As always you have done a great job and the aquarium gives a good impression of the beautiful, natural habitat of these fish and it’s clear that they are feeling well at home in the tank. But of course that is not the question that is on the table here…
    This one man obviously felt it was not good, even a disgrace, to keep wild caught Heckel discus in a show aquarium. I presume he has an issue with wild caught fish in a fish tank and not keeping fish in general? Otherwise I do not understand what this man is doing at this fair in the first place.
    But maybe his reaction does bring a more or less sensitive subject within our hobby to the forefront; is it ethically justified to keep wild (caught) animals in captivity for our pleasure? I know this is a precarious subject, but I do believe we, as fish devotees, must dare to face this question.
    As already mentioned above, I keep wild caught discus myself and I do believe it is justified and proven that the animals feel well and even spawn in captivity. More strongly still, I believe keeping and observing our fish can contribute to science and nowadays maybe even contribute to preserving species from extinction. But to possibly achieve all this, it is essential to keep the fish (and other water animals) in a manner that will enable them to live a healthy live. You will never be able to copy real nature, even in a very large tank, but creating a surrounding with natural materials and natural companions and of course good food and water conditions, will give the fish a long and happy life. And Heiko Bleher’s Biotope aquariums are a big help and inspiration to achieve this.
    And to come back to the remark of this one man; everyone is entitled to his/her own opinion and that also goes for this person. But if this man only had achieved 1% of what the Bleher family has done in terms of discoveries, research and nature preservation, I would maybe give his remarks a second thought.
    Heiko, keep up the good work so more and more people around the world will get inspired to keep their fishes in the right way.
    Best regards,
    René Claus, Maastricht – The Netherlands, 24 November 2010

  9. Sue Post author

    Hi Heiko.
    Thanks for posting all of those links. There are some amazing photos there of some incredible fish. Particarly the Discus. It must be so hard to pick a winner from so many beautiful fish.
    Your biotopes look fantastic too. You must work so hard to get them all done. But it’s worth it when you can look at something so beautiful and close to nature. Congratulations Heiko.
    Sue – USA, 20 November 2010

  10. Benjamin Hamann Post author

    Heiko -> definitv …absolut richtig! -> deine Becken sind für mich ein absolutes Muss!

    Heiko …ich denke wir müssen eben weg von der Gesellschaftsbeckenphase, wie sie vielleicht noch in den 80er Jahren da war -> selbst “Anfängerfische” wie Guppy und Neon würde ich heute nicht mehr in einem Becken halten! Wer sich die Lebensräume anschaut, der wird schnell merken wieviele Welten dazwischen liegen!
    Was ich mir noch als Buch für Anfänger und Profi wünsche ist ein Atlas durch die Gewässer der Welt -> Biotopaufnahmen, Fischartenverzeichnis und Parameteranalyse plus ein Kartenverzeichnis -> das würde helfen “natürlichere Aquaristik” voran zu treiben und den Tieren wie auch dem Halter auf Dauer ein besseres Leben zu ermöglichen!
    Hi, Bilder der Biotope sind das eine, eine Auflistung der Wasserparameter, der Pflanzen, der dort lebenden Spezies (da ich mehr zur Wirbellosenfraktion zähle: der Schnecken, krebstiere und natürlich der anderen Fischarten), das ist es was wir brauchen, möglichst noch zu verschiedenen Jahreszeiten.

    Benjamin Hamann, Germany, 22 October 2010

  11. John n Yiapitzoglou Post author

    Hello Heiko

    I Hope to spend your trip at Duisburg as well as me. Your corner and your biotopic Aquariums are the best in all show. I am very happy becausei had the opportunity to drink a beer with you at Schacht restaurant on Friday night with the Turkish friend. I am already finished your discusbook1 and i have to say that this is one of your amazing work as always….

    Friendly John n Yiapitzoglou, Athens, Greece, 10 October 2010

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