Bleher’s Biotopes at the 5th Shaquaria

China – Shanghai, 15-17 October, 2010

Image At the 5th Shaquaria 2010 in Shanghai Heiko Bleher decorated 3 nature biotopes, according to what he had seen in nature, including their environment and mates. Bleher’s nature biotopes were appreciated by nearly 25,000 visitors at the exhibition stand of the Shanghai Ocean University. This was a First for Shanghai and very well organized by Professor Chen Zaizhong. Many came and make questions, no one had seen authentic Rio Negro biotopes under water … See below some details of the 3 biotopes:

NHAMUNDÁ BIOTOPE – AMAZONAS, BRAZIL:

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This biotope by Heiko Bleher shows a version of the Rio Nhamundá while the water is going down in a small bay in the lower river portion. There is white sand, driftwood and some aquatic vegetation, like large Echinodorus, Cabomba, Myriophyllum and Nympheae species. The Heckel Discus are the same specimens Heiko Bleher has placed into the authentic biotope decoration he did for a Rio Nhamundá river edge biotope at the 13th Zierfische & Aquarium 10 days earlier. The other fishes placed were Hemigrammus bleheri, which did immediately beautiful form schools, the angelfishes did perfect with the discus community and also Otocinclus species …

 

MAMBERAMO BIOTOPE – NEW GUINEA:

 

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In the small river habitat in the Mamberamo area of New Guinea lives one of the most beautiful dwarf rainbowfishes, Melanotaenia preacox, which was first collected by Heiko Bleher and introduced into the aquarium hobby in 1992. From the 13 specimens he brought back millions are bred today every month, as it became one of the most popular aquarium fishes around the globe. It is easy to keep and a community fish, but lives, as shown here, in larger groups only with blue-eyes. The biotope is sandy, the plants growing there are mostly Microsorium pteropus, the so called Java fern, growing on roots and rooks. There are also some Nympheae species in the habitat.  

 

SHANGHAI CREEK BIOTOPE – SHANGHAI, CHINA:

 

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This habitat Bleher created was according to an area in a smaller creek in Shanghai where these species live together over a rocky creek, with gravel and little sand, and some driftwood in it. One can see that all species immediately adapted to their home, habitat, if the cyprinids, acheilognathids, the loaches or gobies, each one found its niche …

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The stand at the Shaquaria 2010 was the one of the Shanghai Ocean University and every one helped. Professor Chen, who organized all perfectly for Heiko to be able to do the 3 large aquariums, had many of his students come to help. They also took him around Shanghai to the aquariums shops, where Heiko was able to get the correct fishes and plants he wanted for each of the biotopes, the sand, driftwood and rock as well as all the correct equipment. 

 

Thank you very much Professor Chen Zaizhong, and all the students for your great help – and this is only the begin of biotope aquariums for China …

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One thought on “Bleher’s Biotopes at the 5th Shaquaria

  1. 7 Comments Post author

    Hello Mr. Bleher!
    I like your biotop aquariums very much and i am excited about making some of my one. i like particulary the “MAMBERAMO BIOTOPE – NEW GUINEA”. I have made a New Guinea aquarium myself, though not form a particular river. The fish are Pseudomugil furcatus. The plants are Nympea sp., Valisneria nana and Marsilea hirsuta.
    Thank you
    Bris Yakov – Bulgaria, 6 December 2010
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    Heiko,
    Wow! the Discus were gorgeous and the biotopes were stunning.
    Coryaddicts, West Midlands – UK, 04 December 2010
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    Heiko
    STUNNING fish!!!
    Tom, East Yorkshire – UK, 04 December 2010
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    Heiko,
    stunning discus and love the biotopes.
    Percy, Manchester – UK, 03 December 2010
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    Heiko
    Stunning Discus.
    John, Withernsea – UK, 03 December 2010
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    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, Yorkshire – UK, 30 November 2010
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    Answer from Heiko Bleher:
    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
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    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

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