Pond mud for deep water biotope

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Pond mud for deep water biotope

Post by mshuangchao » Sun Jan 19, 2014 9:55 pm

Hi all, I've been experimenting with pond mud to mimic the deep water mud substrate environments of Lake Tanganyika. I'll be updating in this post, let's hope the water finally clears up!

Right after pond mud was added... where are my fish?! :?
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First day, night time. The water is a bit clearer now... though I still can not see the back of my aquarium!
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Reganochromis seems to be doing OK, despite all the mud.
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Day 2, morning. Greenwoodochromis seems to have dug up some holes!
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Just a quick reference pic of Greenwoodochromis bellcrossi in the wild. Photo by Angel. M. Fitor.
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To be continued...
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Re: Pond mud for deep water biotope

Post by Kevinlee303 » Mon Jan 20, 2014 5:34 am

Is there any pollution to your filter?



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Post by mshuangchao » Mon Jan 20, 2014 5:58 am

Kevinlee303 wrote:Is there any pollution to your filter?



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The top layers are saturated with mud, I've been cleaning them very frequently these days.
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Post by mshuangchao » Wed Jan 22, 2014 7:03 am

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The water is much clearer on the 3rd day...
It seems to me that a thick layer of mud can be achieved, but it would have to come at the price of the water being constantly murky because of all the fish activity. However, it is possible to have clear water and a very thin layer of mud, with the mud mostly being in between the gaps of sand grains. Having mud in the aquarium should promote digging behavior in some mud bottom species. It is also a good source of slow releasing trace elements. It has also been observed that fish are generally more confident in the open in water that is slightly murky.
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Post by mshuangchao » Thu Jan 23, 2014 1:32 am

The water is pretty much clear now...
so I got my camera out!
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Re: Pond mud for deep water biotope

Post by Mark Smith » Mon Jan 27, 2014 10:09 am

Thanks for sharing your experiences and photos! Keep up the great work.

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Post by mshuangchao » Tue Jan 28, 2014 12:12 am

Mark Smith wrote:Thanks for sharing your experiences and photos! Keep up the great work.
Thanks Mark!
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Re: Pond mud for deep water biotope

Post by Mooneater » Wed Jan 29, 2014 3:54 am

How is the tank doing now? Can the fish still dig holes in the mud (I imagine that it can be hard to keep the mud in good shape).

and how are the filters?

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Re: Pond mud for deep water biotope

Post by mshuangchao » Wed Jan 29, 2014 5:55 am

Mooneater wrote:How is the tank doing now? Can the fish still dig holes in the mud (I imagine that it can be hard to keep the mud in good shape).

and how are the filters?
The amount of mud I put in was at a experimental level, only one bucket. The tank water is a natural silty, but overall quite clear. One male Greenwoodochromis has dug out a territory in the place I placed the mud. But the amount of mud left in the bottom is slowly decreasing. Mud accumulates in the top layers of my sump and recently I've had to clean that daily.
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