WIO Mere River Kit

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Bring the warm, earthy tones of the Congo River delta to your aquarium with the Mere River Kit. This all-in-one kit creates a rich and engaging scape perfect for mimicking the habitats of deltas, lakes, and lagoons.

SKU: WIO71140001
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The Mere River Kit is a unique concept designed to inspire nature artists inspired by the mellow sands and forest debris found in the mighty Pool Malebo of the Congo River in Africa.

The Congo River delta is a vast and complex ecosystem where freshwater and saltwater meet, creating a dynamic landscape of lagoons, lakes, and channels. The area is characterized by the slow-moving river, which meanders through lush tropical forests, carrying a rich mixture of sand, gravel, and organic material. As the river approaches the delta, the current becomes weaker, and the materials carried by the river begin to settle on the riverbed. Over time, the organic material decomposes, creating a rich substrate perfect for a wide range of aquatic plants and animals.

The forested riverbanks provide ample shelter for small fish and invertebrates, while the shallow waters and mudflats are home to various wading birds and other wildlife. The vegetation in the delta is lush and varied, with dense mangrove swamps and thick stands of bamboo and other hardwood trees. The area is home to many fish species, from small, colourful cichlids to large, predatory catfish.

This River Kit brings the warm, earthy tones of the Congo River delta to your aquarium and is perfect for recreating the unique habitats of deltas, lakes, and lagoons.

The substrate in the Mere River Kit is a carefully crafted blend of yellow-ochre sands, gravels, and twigs that mimic the materials carried by the river and settled on the riverbed. Over time, the organic material decomposes, creating a rich substrate perfect for a wide range of aquatic plants and animals.

The kit includes complementary Bumblebee Stone, which offers shades of yellow-ochre and a slight granite feel, with darker patches and scars on the face of the stone. The stone brings a natural and realistic look to your aquarium, perfect for creating a river delta environment. The kit also includes our Wetland Artist Mustard substrate, ideal for supporting lush plant growth and blends harmoniously with the display's colours.
  • Inspired by the delta's river basins like the Pool Malebo in Congo, Africa. 
  • All-in-one kit: Riverbed, Nano Stone, Artist substrate, and Stones. 
  • Unique blend of yellow-ochre materials to mimic the habitats of deltas, lakes, and lagoons. 
  • 100% natural materials. 
  • Easy, fun, fast and with stunning results. 

Kit includes:
Wetland Artist Mustard substrate (5kg bag),
Mere Riverbed (2kg bag),
Bumblebee Stone (7-10kg box),
Bumblebee Nano Stone (2kg bag).

- Colour: Yellow-ochre, brown, and black.
- Material: Natural sand, gravel, plant substrate, stones and nano stones, and twigs.
- Size mix: 0.1cm to 30cm.
- Water hardness: Does not affect water hardness.
- Packaging: One box of 40x30x30cm (20-25kg).


Following these usage instructions and adequately maintaining your River Kit aquarium, you can enjoy a stunning and natural-looking aquatic display replicating the beauty of real riverbeds and biotopes. Let your creativity flow and immerse yourself in the tranquillity of nature right in your own home.

1. Prepare Your Aquarium:
- Ensure that your aquarium is placed on a flat, levelled, and stable surface. 
- Confirm that you have all the necessary components, such as lighting, filtration, and heating systems, ready to set up your aquarium. 
- Now, you are ready to create your new scape with our All-in-One River Kits.

2. Plan Your Design:
- Gain inspiration from real-life riverbeds and aquatic ecosystems by studying photographs and researching the specific biotope you want to recreate. You can also find inspiration on social media platforms. 
- Take the time to visualize and plan the design of your riverbed, considering the size and layout of your aquarium and the unique features of your chosen biotope. 
- Research the specific requirements and preferences of the aquatic species you plan to keep in your riverbed to create an optimal environment for their well-being. 
- Consider the placement of hardscape materials such as stones and wood pieces, imagining how they will interact with the substrate and aquatic plants.

3. Spreading the Substrates:
- Our Wetland substrate is ready to use. Distribute it in the area where you want your plants to grow, adding a thin layer of approximately 1cm.
- Apply a similar 1cm layer of the Riverbed substrate mix, covering the base layer. This separation creates distinct areas for nutrient-rich soil and cosmetic substrate, catering to both plant growth and the aesthetics of the biotope.
- This 1cm base layer ensures a secure foundation for your hardscape while protecting the aquarium's glass from scratches.

4. Place the Hardscape Materials:
- Arrange the hardscape materials, such as stones and wood pieces, in a way that mimics the natural formations found in your chosen biotope. 
- Feel free to experiment with different hardscape arrangements to achieve your desired aesthetic and create a unique and captivating display. 
- Keep in mind the visual balance and focal points in your design, ensuring the creation of hiding spots and sheltered areas for your aquatic pets. 
- Finally, add the Nano Rocks around the larger stones to enhance the naturalistic scape.

5. Add the Remaining Substrates:
- Once the hardscape is complete, add the remaining Wetland substrate on top of the base layer in the planted area. Aim for a depth of at least 3cm to provide sufficient space for plant growth. Vary the thickness of the substrate in different areas according to desired aesthetics and plant types.
- Finally, add the Riverbed substrate on top of the base layer. The arbitrary distribution of the bag content creates a natural riverbed impression with random densities and content mix, resulting in an easy, fun, and impressive way to create an authentic slice of nature.
- Maintain the lowest thickness by the front glass, aiming for less than 1cm to achieve the best aesthetics.

6. Add Aquatic Plants:
- Before planting, moisten the soil to help the substrate settle and create a stable base for your aquatic plants.
- Carefully plant the aquatic plants in the substrate, considering their specific growth requirements and compatibility with the chosen biotope.
- Arrange the plants in a way that enhances the natural look and complements the overall design of your riverbed.

7. Fine-Tune the Design:
- Step back and assess the overall design of your riverbed, making any necessary adjustments to achieve the desired look and functionality.
- Consider adding additional decorations, such as roots to further enhance the natural aesthetic.

8. Fill the Aquarium:
- Slowly fill the aquarium with water, pouring it gently onto a hard surface to avoid disturbing the substrate and plants. 
- Monitor the water level to ensure it is appropriate for the chosen biotope and aquatic pets. 
- During the initial setup period, the aquarium water may turn cloudy, which is normal.  Don't worry, though. Turn on the filter, and the cloudiness should disappear within a few hours. 

Monitor and Maintain:
- Regularly monitor the water parameters, including temperature, pH, and ammonia levels, to ensure a healthy environment for your aquatic pets. 
- Perform routine maintenance tasks, such as regular water changes, to maintain water quality and remove accumulated debris.
- Trim and prune your aquatic plants to promote their growth and maintain the desired aesthetic. 
- Keep an eye on the health and behaviour of your aquatic pets, making adjustments as necessary to create an optimal environment for their well-being.

The perfect choice for anyone who wants to recreate the natural beauty and diversity of rivers, lakes, and wetlands in their aquarium. Inspired by some of the world's most fascinating aquatic environments, our River Kits are designed to provide an authentic and visually stunning experience.

Each Decor Kit includes a ready-to-use mix of materials for creating a scenic aquarium. Each kit comprises carefully selected components, such as plant substrates, riverbeds, principle hardscapes, and secondary hardscapes, to create a complete and harmonious display. Our kits are a convenient choice for any aquarium, and all the materials included are 100% natural and non-toxic, ensuring a safe and healthy environment for your aquatic animals.

One Kit is sufficient for a display up to 60cm, two for a 90cm and three for a 120cm display. Our Decor Kits are easy and fun to use, allowing you to design a realistic biotope riverbed.

With our River Kits, you can bring the natural beauty and diversity of some of the world's most fascinating aquatic environments to your aquarium. Start creating your very own slice of nature today.

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