++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Central American Lowlands -- Livebearer Biotope
Refugio de Vida Silvestre Cuero y Salado, Honduras
In 2004 I visited The Refugio de Vida Silvestre Cuero y Salado in Honduras. This refuge is comprised of 13,225 hectares of mangrove-covered wetlands and lowland rainforest.
Around the refuge is a large area of seasonally flooded pastureland in addition to drainage canals and ponds. In these fresh and brackish-waters I found a number of livebearers including black and gray mollies and mosquitofish. The water temperature varied from 79-86F (26-30C).
The substrate of these ponds is sand and vegetation consists of floating Water hyacinth.
The water is tea colored but very transparent.
pH: 7.5-8.0, 15-25 dH, 75-86 F (24-30 C)
Use a dark-colored substrate of sand or fine gravel. Pieces of driftwood or bogwood can be used along with scattered floating plants (ideally water hyacinth). Lighting should be bright.
Vegetation consists of water hyacinth and grass.