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Malaysian Jungle Stream Biotope Photojournal

For inspiration, I have posted some photos taken from a jungle stream during my last trip to Malaysia in Dec 2005:



Popular with local teenagers:



Some land plants (could not find aquatic plants in the water!) :





Off topic: Giant Ants (more than 1 inch!!) foraging the dense undergrowth:



Here it is, the biotope:



There are more photos here if interested (towards the bottom part of the gallery):
http://www.theteh.com/html/malaysia_2005.html

Due to inexperience (my first planted tank) and the type of plants available t me (London, UK), in the attempt to recreate a Tropical Jungle in my tank has met with failure (to my expectation) and here is the result of my first attempt ( :

January 2006:


I have re-scaped slightly and it looks like this now but still far from my original aim ( :


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Wow, those pictures are... amazing. IMO I like the aquascape in the first picture better, but it's still amazing.

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Wow that is a great tank. Are those croaking gouramis?

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Lovely pictures, and a very nice tank. But am I the only person with a strange imagination that sees a sort of skull face tucked in the leaves of that second tank photo?
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eeeeeehhhhh.....if I squint a little yes........

Great pictures, though. It's kind of ironic that most bodies of water have few aquatic plants.

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Lo there Teh....I didn't really wanna put The in front of it...

Great pics you have shared with us in both threads... Keep em comin! Nice start to a nice tank for sure!

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I like your web-site. Very good pictures


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Thank you all for your comments indeed!! It is a pleasure to share my photos with everyone here with a passion in aquatic plants!

I have sparkling/croaking gouramis, Golden barbs, rasbora maculata, Endlers, Dwarf corydoras, Blue-eye rainbows, ancistrus and Amano shrimps in that tank. I keep my Tiger and Cherry shrimps separately because I have seen sparkling gouramis picking their legs off and eventually kill them.

See this photo Gourami attacking my Tiger:
http://www.theteh.com/html/extreme_macro_1.html

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Update:

This photo was taken last month:



But, since then I have removed the gigantic Amazon sword as it took over almost half the tank space, its leafs were so big that they block off lights for the lower plants.
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WOW - thats some really amazing photos... Lovely shrimp pics.
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I keep my Tiger and Cherry shrimps separately because I have seen sparkling gouramis picking their legs off and eventually kill them.
Shoot, I just bought two sparkling gouramis yesterday, and added them in with my cherries. I guess that i'll just have to keep a close eye on them.

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if you have heavily planted tank the shrimps should be ok as they will have places to hide from the gourami's attack.
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too bad that time we didnt bring any equipment to catch some wild creatures.. or get some wild plants~
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I think gourami will search for them if they get hungry ~~
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Hi TzenLip,
Good to see you here!!! Thanks for taking me to this wonderful place indeed!! It was a brief visit so we didn't prepare but next time, perhaps end of this year when I visit malaysia again we can be more prepared!!
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