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75G Riparium: Western Ghats

75G Riparium Western Ghats

I have a concept for a new riparium setup in mind and I think it's a good one.

The Western Ghats region of India has a diverse and unique fish fauna and I have researched several really cool species already that should go well together in a river style riparium. I plan to use a de-rimmed, used 75-gallon tank. I'll go dig up those fish names again and post a list of the ones that are apparently available through the trade.

Here's a short informational page about biodiversity in the Western Ghats and Sri Lanka--the two areas are linked in terms of species diversity--on the Conservation International site...

http://www.biodiversityhotspots.org/...s/default.aspx

I have run out of space in the living area of our house for display aquariums, so this one will have to go into the fish room.

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This will be interesting for sure. Subscribed.

What plant specimens are you planning on keeping?

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Are you going to get one of those pig like black frogs, too cool. They need to be saved and are threatened by the tea plantations, they are Nasikabatrachus sahyadrensis or the Purple Frog.



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Are you going to get one of those pig like black frogs, too cool.
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Here's a quick list of fish ideas. These are really cool fish...
See, those are some really cool fish.

Loaches, catfish and cyprinids (minnows) are well-represetned in the Western Ghats.
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I think I'm gonna start accumulating the fish as soon as I can. I The Etroplus canarensis is an especially awesome fish--that's the one that inspired me for this idea--but not easy to find.

I have two general ideas for plants...
  • palm theme
  • grassy theme, with some trees (e.g. black mangrove)

I will probably just try to approximate the look of a tropical river instead of trying to do a strict biotope for the riparium planting.

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Here is another loach that occurs in the Western Ghats. This one is pretty common in the hobby. I think that I have seen it in pet stores.

Loaches.com: Zipper Loach (Botia striata)









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Are you going to get one of those pig like black frogs, too cool. They need to be saved and are threatened by the tea plantations, they are Nasikabatrachus sahyadrensis or the Purple Frog.

That is really a weird animal. Its head looks all wrong.
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Here's another Indian Barilius also very attractive and with an online auction going for it right now...

Barilius canarensis
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Thanks Isaac! I am going to put in some effort and shoot for really high quality plants + fish + hardscape for this one.
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When you say river theme; is this going to be a higher flow environment? If so, how does that affect your rafts/plant placement?

Crossed the Ghats on a trip 6 years ago; incredible scenery! almost looked like the granite mountains surrounding Rio.....

BIOTOPE AFICIONADO

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This setup will just have moderate flow. The canister filter return will blow the water around some and then I'll also put a smaller Koralia at one end pointing at the glass to make some current for the Barilius and the barbs to play in. I don't intend to use any of those loaches that do best with real high flow. The riparium plants will do just fine.

Do you have any pictures from your trip?
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I just ran into this nice little practicalfishkeeping.co.uk article by Heiko Bleher about fish collecting in the Western Ghats in India...

http://www.practicalfishkeeping.co.u...t.php?sid=2741





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I was just reminded about this video of a setup by George Farmer. This is the sort of hardscape that I want to put together for this India biotope setup.

YouTube: White Cloud Mountain Minnow Biotope
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