There are many good reasons for setting up an aquarium that tries to simulate the natural habitat of fishes. The
foremost is probably from an ecological viewpoint. With the destruction of the tropical rain-forests worldwide it is important to preserve the native surroundings of our fish before they disappear forever.
Tropical fish interacting in their natural waters are completely different than the community set up we are all use to. This leads to the second reason, with all the advances in aquatic technology maintaining such a tank is now easier than ever and obtaining the proper species whether fish or plants is usually not difficult either.
Another reason is just for the challenge. Most of us at one time or another get bored and start to look for something new, why not try a Biotope? There is already a growing following in the "mini reef" field with some specializing in specific sections of reefs. We can do the same with fresh water!
Southeastern Asian Lowland Still Water.
A tank for slower moving fish.
Black Water Aquaria for Southeast Asian Fish.
A tank for the more experienced hobbyist, as the fish are sensitive to water quality.
Lowland Swamps of West Africa.
A tank for the lesser known species of fish, that deserve more attention. A rich tropical environment.
Slow moving or stagnant backwaters of Argentina
A set-up for a wide variety of plants, fish and invertebrates.
Australia or Papua New Guinea River
A Species set-up Designed to highlight the Beautiful Rainbowfish of the area
Aquarium Drift-wood and Plants.
Tropical Plants Homepage.
Aquarium Geographic....The Homepage.