China – Shanghai, 15-17 October, 2010
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:
MAMBERAMO BIOTOPE – NEW GUINEA:
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:
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 …
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 …