African River Biotope

Delcos

I am setting up a 90g and have posted a few threads about ideas for a SACA Cichlid tank with Ropefish. I decided to change directions and go all in on the Rope Fish and do a African River Biotope tank. Right now I’m planning on:
3 Ropefish
8-12 Congo Tetra
2-3 pairs of Kribs.
Anyone have any experience/advice for a tank like this? I was also wanting a few more species in there. Some that came to mind were African Butterfly fish, African spotted perch (leopard bush fish), African butterfly cichlid, blockhead Cichlid, Niger Tetra, and upside down cats. Any other suggestions? Also any plant suggestions besides Anubias and AWF?
 

aussieJJDude

Consider the red-eyed tetra? They pretty drab as they not really flashy like other tetras, but in a shoal or 10 or more they really interesting to look at and form quite a sight.

Elephant nose fish are pretty cool, however require specialised conditions and may not be suited to your tank. Prior research to see if they would be a good inhabitant would be wise!

African butterfly (fish) do best in slower moving bodies of water from research, so they may be a poor candidate in a riverine set-up (even ropefish I've heard prefer slower moving bodies of water).


Senegal bichir is a pretty fish and may be a nice addition to the mix? Or african knifes?


As for plants, those two are probably the easiest to source. Floating plants could also be used, like salvina and duckweed, as many floating plant species are invasive to all continents except Antarctica! I believe some Aponogeton species hail from Africa as well (please correct if wrong) as well as Crinum species (water onion comes to mind!). Lotus (like red tiger lotus, green tiger lotus and tricolour tiger lotus) is african as well! ^_^

(Issue is the fish and plant species mentioned may not all have overlapping native ranges, so may depend on how 'biotopy' you want to make it!)

This link looks pretty cool if you haven't ran across it yet and may offer some ideas?
Congo River Basin, West Africa, 180 L • Biotope Aquarium
 
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MonsterGar

Telagramma brichardi are native to the rapids in the wild, and like blockhead cichlids they "hop" around the bottom rather than swim.

Nanochromis (Congo Dwarf Cichlids) are also native to the rapids in the lower congo.

Although they aren't from africa, hillstream loaches are perfectly adaptid to river systems in the wild.

Similarly to hillstream loaches, the Royale Farlowella is well adapted to living in flowing waters.
 
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Delcos

A lot of good ideas thanks guys. I should have mentioned I am looking for a more slow moving river basin type tank as opposed to rapids, since that is what the ropefish prefer, which where my inspiration for the tank.
As far as how strict I will be about the biotope, I just want all fish and plants to be found in the African river systems, if they are an established invasive species that’s fine and if two fish are not technically from the same river I don’t mind that to much either. I certainly don’t plan on sourcing the hard scape from Africa either.
 
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MonsterGar

A lot of good ideas thanks guys. I should have mentioned I am looking for a more slow moving river basin type tank as opposed to rapids, since that is what the ropefish prefer, which where my inspiration for the tank.
As far as how strict I will be about the biotope, I just want all fish and plants to be found in the African river systems, if they are an established invasive species that’s fine and if two fish are not technically from the same river I don’t mind that to much either. I certainly don’t plan on sourcing the hard scape from Africa either.
Well many people keep fish from the rapids in tanks that have little or no water movement, so you can still put them in your tank and they would still somewhat fit the river biotope.
 
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MacZ

Consider the red-eyed tetra? They pretty drab as they not really flashy like other tetras, but in a shoal or 10 or more they really interesting to look at and form quite a sight.

Those are South American. Unless there is an african species whose common name is also red-eye tetra.
 
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MonsterGar

Those are South American. Unless there is an african species whose common name is also red-eye tetra.
Arnoldichthys spilopterus
 
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MacZ

Thank you, I know why I prefer scientific names. The german common name doesn't refer to the eyes at all.
 
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Delcos

Those are South American. Unless there is an african species whose common name is also red-eye tetra.
Their is a SA red eye tetra and an African red eye tetra (also called Niger Tetra)
 
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MonsterGar

Their is a SA red eye tetra and an African red eye tetra (also called Niger Tetra)
Thats the one I mentioned.
 
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MacZ

Their is a SA red eye tetra and an African red eye tetra (also called Niger Tetra)

THAT'S the common name I knew.
 
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TClare

There is a very nice looking Congo lampeye tetra, Phenacogrammus aurantiacus (same genus as the congo tetra, but different). I am not sure how easily available It would be though.
 
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