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Biotope tanks
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I'd love to know who has / had a biotope tank. I know PJN has an amazing one but not sure who else has gone for this. I am finding myself drawn to this more and more but as my tank is happily stocked with a heap of geographically incongruous fish, it's just an idle dream for the future! Photos, descriptions, anything is welcome.
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Stephen has a biotope tank, although he is changing it about a bit lately, but his aim is a biotope of a set river system. At least i think its a biotope tank Smile
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Why thank you for the kind words! Big Grin

Does Vale! have biotope tanks? He keeps quite a few Blackwater fish, that's for sure.
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Oh so there are more than I thought!

I've become really interested in them - I like the idea of recreating a slice of nature in my living room. I wonder why the idea isn't more popular?
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Several areas don't have many fish which are sold in the hobby, which is why Asian and Amazonian biotopes are most popular (lots of commercial fish come from these areas). It's also tricky to find specifics on where plants grow, it normally just says the region they grow in (I doubt all the plants I have live in the Mekong river!!)
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Thanks PJN that makes sense.

I am quite tempted to move towards a "kind of" Amazon biotope, as most of my fish are from that sort of region (neon tetras, corydoras aeneus, otocinclus). I would have to cheat by keeping my beautiful sunset honey gouramis though. Would that be weird...?

I have some well-established Amazon swords plus sagittaria subulata and alternanthera reineckii, so that might work.
240 litre Fluval Roma

38 neon tetras
12 flame tetras
8 albino corydoras
6 otocinclus
2 Bolivian rams
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(06-01-2019, 06:40 PM)Suse Wrote: Thanks PJN that makes sense.

I am quite tempted to move towards a "kind of" Amazon biotope, as most of my fish are from that sort of region (neon tetras, corydoras aeneus, otocinclus). I would have to cheat by keeping my beautiful sunset honey gouramis though. Would that be weird...?

I have some well-established Amazon swords plus sagittaria subulata and alternanthera reineckii, so that might work.
In fact there isn't such thing as an Amazon Biotop (there are thousands)

Maybe this side is useful

https://fish.mongabay.com/biotope.htm

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Ah yes that's an amazing site. There's also pages listing all the fish that live in a certain river! Highly recommended.
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(06-01-2019, 08:31 PM)DoubleDutch Wrote:
(06-01-2019, 06:40 PM)Suse Wrote: Thanks PJN that makes sense.

I am quite tempted to move towards a "kind of" Amazon biotope, as most of my fish are from that sort of region (neon tetras, corydoras aeneus, otocinclus). I would have to cheat by keeping my beautiful sunset honey gouramis though. Would that be weird...?

I have some well-established Amazon swords plus sagittaria subulata and alternanthera reineckii, so that might work.
In fact there isn't such thing as an Amazon Biotop (there are thousands)

Maybe this side is useful

https://fish.mongabay.com/biotope.htm

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Thanks DoubleDutch! That's a fantastic site. I'm a bit bewildered by it all though - it has "tetras" and "corydoras" under pretty much all the South American subsections but doesn't specify which are found where. Do you know if neon tetras and corydoras aeneus are found together anywhere, and if so, which part of the Amazon?
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12 flame tetras
8 albino corydoras
6 otocinclus
2 Bolivian rams
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(06-01-2019, 09:59 PM)Suse Wrote:
(06-01-2019, 08:31 PM)DoubleDutch Wrote:
(06-01-2019, 06:40 PM)Suse Wrote: Thanks PJN that makes sense.

I am quite tempted to move towards a "kind of" Amazon biotope, as most of my fish are from that sort of region (neon tetras, corydoras aeneus, otocinclus). I would have to cheat by keeping my beautiful sunset honey gouramis though. Would that be weird...?

I have some well-established Amazon swords plus sagittaria subulata and alternanthera reineckii, so that might work.
In fact there isn't such thing as an Amazon Biotop (there are thousands)

Maybe this side is useful

https://fish.mongabay.com/biotope.htm

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Thanks DoubleDutch! That's a fantastic site. I'm a bit bewildered by it all though - it has "tetras" and "corydoras" under pretty much all the South American subsections but doesn't specify which are found where. Do you know if neon tetras and corydoras aeneus are found together anywhere, and if so, which part of the Amazon?
Aeneus is the one cory that is extremely widespread (several local variaties), so I think you hardly can wrong with that one.

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