Jungle aquarium type JBL Rio Pantanal®

JBL Rio Pantanal®

Jungle aquarium type JBL Rio Pantanal®

Would you like to have a piece of jungle river in your living room? This aquarium shows a beautiful underwater landscape from South America with its typical dwellers, including the neon tetra, which is one of the most colourful little gems of the Amazon region.

A jungle aquarium has to be one of the most beautiful types of aquariums with its wonderful mingling of magnificent plants and colourful fish. The dwarf cichlids demonstrate some interesting behaviour as they care for their brood and the neon tetras and pencil fish display their breath-taking colours. After a running-in time of one to two weeks the plants will start growing, giving your aquarium a jungle character.

Modelled on nature

We named this aquarium “Rio Pantanal® “ because the water in Brazil’s Pantanal is one of the clearest waters in the world. Looking at the fish stock we also could have named the aquarium Rio Negro or Amazon Region. But the water of these rivers either have a white-cloudiness or a deep brown colour.

Description

Get a general idea of what costs to expect and which questions could arise.

Where is the best place to put your aquarium?

Dimensions: 80 x 35 x 40 cm = 110 litres, weight: approx. 140 kg (goes easily on your floor!)

What are the electricity costs?

Maximum € 13.30 per month.

Who takes care of the aquarium during your holiday?

An automatic feeder ( JBL AutoFood BLACK ) takes care of the feeding (approx. 45,- €).

What are the costs of the JBL Rio Pantanal®?

Aquarium with cover: approx. € 160

Aquarium cabinet: approx. € 100

Fish & plants & decoration: approx. € 410

Technical items &food & care products: approx. € 530

Aquarium information

Dimensions

80 x 35 x 40 cm = 110 l

Water values

pH value: 6.5-7.5

KH: 4-8 °dKH

Nitrite (NO2): 0 mg/l

Iron (Fe): 0,1 mg/l

CO2: 20 mg/l

Temperature: 25-27°C

Special features

The aquarium shouldn’t be set up in too bright a place since direct sunlight promotes algae growth.

Miscellaneous

The overall layout mentioned is only a suggestion. You can just as easily put the wood at the back of the aquarium on the left for example. Just make sure to follow our suggestions when it comes to the fish community and the number and species of the plants.

The suitable decoration for the JBL Rio Pantanal®

Here you can see what decoration, substrate and plants you need to make your aquarium look like a stretch of Pantanal.

Natural substrate and long-term plant culture medium

JBL Manado

Natural substrate for freshwater aquariums

  • Optimal plant care through porous structure and nutrient storage function: substrate for freshwater aquariums
from 7,95 €

JBL PROFLORA AquaBasis plus

Long-lasting nutrient substrate for freshwater aquariums

  • Nutrient substrate for beautiful and permanent plant growth in all freshwater aquariums. Works for 5 years guaranteed
from 13,60 €
Stones and wood
Iceland lava rock

15 kg, mixed, 10- 20 cm

Talawa wood

2 pieces mixed, 10 - 40 cm

These plants suit the jungle aquarium

Plant (A)

Amazon swordplant

(Echinodorus bleheri)

5 plants

Plant (B)

Pygmy chain sword

(Helanthium tenellum)

10 plants

Plant (C)

Water trumpet

(Cryptocoryne crispatula)

3 plants

Plant (D)

Wendt’s Cryptocoryne

(Cryptocoryne wendtii tropica)

4 plants

Planting plan

Here you can see the exact plant location and species in the aquarium. The letters characterise the plant species, mentioned above.

Aquarium technology

This outline shows all the technical products you need for the Rio Pantanal® themed aquarium and a price quotation to give you an idea of the costs involved.

Used products
JBL CRISTALPROFI e702 greenline
External filter for aquariums from 60-200 litres
from 141,76 €
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JBL LED SOLAR NATUR
High-performance LED light for aquariums
from 123,26 €
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JBL LED SOLAR EFFECT
LED effect light as supplement to JBL LED SOLAR NATUR
from 102,48 €
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JBL PROFLORA m502
Plant fertiliser system with refillable cylinder and night switch-off
JBL PROFLORA Direct
High performance direct diffuser for CO2
from 35,40 €
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JBL Aquarium Thermometer Slim
Slim glass thermometer for aquariums
from 6,76 €
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JBL PROTEMP S 150
Heating for aquariums, 150 W safety heater-stat with protective basket
from 34,30 €
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JBL FLOATY II
Floating glass cleaning magnet for aquariums
from 17,23 €
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The fish stock for your jungle aquarium

In the Pantanal live a variety of beautiful fish which also suit your aquarium. You will find a selection matched by size and behaviour.

Cockatoo dwarf cichlid

Apistogramma cacatuoides

1 male, 2 females

Neon tetra

Paracheirodon innesi

20 animals

Golden pencil fish

Nannostomus beckfordi

15 animals

Three line catfish

Corydoras trilineatus

6 animals

Golden Oto

Otocinclus affinis

10 animals

Video about the setup of the JBL Rio Pantanal®

This 8 minute video shows you what the completed aquarium will look like and how to set it up step by step.

How to maintain your jungle aquarium

Even if an aquarium involves much less work than keeping a hamster, there are still a few care measures which are essential to the functioning of your jungle aquarium. You will be surprised how little work you need to maintain your aquarium!

Water treatment and tests

Tap water is not always suitable for fish. That’s why it needs to be adapted to the requirements of the fish with an appropriate water conditioner ( JBL Biotopol ), before adding them. Add a bacteria starter ( JBL Denitrol ) one hour later and you can add fish. Please check the nitrite content with the JBL Nitrite Test NO2 every 2 days during the first 2 weeks.

If you live in a region with hard water you need to adjust your tap water to the recommended values recommended above by adding osmosis water.

Plant care

Please make sure that you add enough CO2 from day one.

Use a complete fertiliser ( JBL PROFLORA Ferropol 15 ml weekly) and a further daily fertiliser ( JBL PROFLORA Ferropol 24 ), which you add into the aquarium in the morning, before switching on the lighting. Start with 50 % of the normal dosage and increase, depending on the plant growth. After 4-5 weeks you can start to prune the plants. The plant species will dictate how often the regular pruning is needed. If the amazon swordplants become too large, you can remove single leaves at the edge of the rootstock. Often the amazon swordplants discard their leaves after you have inserted them into the aquarium and only then do they develop real underwater leaves. So you will need a bit of patience! Please always remove dying or diseased leaves – this can be easily done with long scissors ( JBL PROSCAPE TOOLS S STRAIGHT ).

Daily

Check daily whether the technical items are working correctly ( Aquarium filters and aquarium accessories , CO2 plant fertilisation and Light ).

Maintenance time per week

30 minutes.

Maintenance level

Illuminate the aquarium approx. 8 hours during the first 2 weeks. After this you can increase the illumination to a maximum of 12 hours. Carry out a 30 % water change every 14 days.

How often do you need to empty and to clean the complete aquarium?

Your JBL Rio Pantanal® can stay healthy and beautiful for many years with the care described above. Redecorating your aquarium a few years later is no problem.

Feeding

2-3 x daily as much as the fish can eat in 3 minutes. 1 tablet per day, alternating with other foods.

Food
JBL NovoBel
Main food flakes for all aquarium fish
from 3,42 €
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JBL NovoGranoMix
Main food for medium-sized and large aquarium fish
from 10,41 €
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JBL NovoGranoColor
Main food for medium-sized and large, brightly coloured aquarium fish
from 11,31 €
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JBL NovoTab
Main food tablets for all aquarium fish
from 8,15 €
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JBL NovoFect
Food tablets for plant eating aquarium fish
from 8,15 €
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Experiencing the habit up close

A JBL expedition already led us into the Pantanal in Brazil. In our report you can find out what research findings our team has brought along and the many photos will give you an impression about the beauty of this habitat above and under water.

Expedition Brazil

The 5th JBL expedition was quite an event: 14 days Amazonia and northern Pantanal, as well as two days at the southern edge of the tropical marine fauna’s habitat in the Atlantic Ocean!

Find out more

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