On this page I will give an example of a set up you might want to try. For statistics on many individual fish, click on any fish picture. To view a list of plants suitable for the home Aquaria visit the Plant Statistics page.
Suggestions for fresh water Biotope Aquariums.
South American Root Biotope.
Typical flooded forest
photo by: Leo Newman.
A tank for larger,
BlackWater South American fish.
Seventy-five gallon or larger, with a taller tank being
Spread a layer of fine grain sand or gravel about one half
to one inch deep over the entire bottom. Place
drift-wood and bog roots throughout the tank leaving some
open swimming area. You want to create many spacious
shelters. No plants in this set-up!
Have only slight water circulation, and a single warm white
fluorescent tube for light, this is for calm fish.
Use Peat filtered water or treat with an Amazon Black Water
supplement. pH should be kept low, below six with a
Carbonate hardness of less than 4dCH and a total
hardness of not over 8dH. Water temperature in the range of
the low eighties.
Four to six Angelfish, Discus or the Uaru, a large
school of the top dwelling Hatchet fish and some of the
This is a great set-up.
This is only one example of a tank you can try,
Biotope aquaria are only limited by your research and
wallet and can range from the most remote areas of the
world to the ponds right in your backyard. Try one!
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