Amazon Biotope

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  1. Fishboy123

    Fishboy123Valued MemberMember

    I have a 29 gallon cube about 20x20 and I would like to create an amazon river Biotope. I would like a centerpiece fish and some plants as well. Does anyone know of any native fish?


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  2. Wendigoblue

    WendigoblueWell Known MemberMember

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    Fishboy123

    Fishboy123Valued MemberMember

    Thanks!


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  4. emmynk

    emmynkWell Known MemberMember

    I have a serpae tank, and if you get a good sized group of them, they're fun to watch! Just if you get them get a good sized group so they don't nip at other fish:)
    A puffer would be cool..
     




  5. Coradee

    CoradeeModeratorModerator Member

    There are hundreds of amazonian fish to choose from, here's a list of some of them
     
  6. junebug

    junebugFishlore LegendMember

    Amazonian dwarf cichlids are what I'd do. I briefly considered getting a single a. borellii for a biotope tank I'm building, but had to opt out as it's also a breeding tank and he'd eat the fry lol. A trio of them, 1m:2f would look nice as a centerpiece group, with schooling fish around the top and perhaps corydoras species as bottom feeders. You could also do a smaller species pleco in that tank, just look up the species that interest you on Planet Catfish and it'll give you all the known wild collection areas.
     
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    Fishboy123

    Fishboy123Valued MemberMember

    Thanks guys but does an amazon tank have to be planted!


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  8. Wendigoblue

    WendigoblueWell Known MemberMember

    Hi,
    Your Amazon biotope doesn't have to be planted! I've seen pictures of tanks with just driftwood in it and they look very nice. Just search "Amazon biotope" and you should get a few pictures of them. I think they do black water for the biotope? Not quite sure, but it looks like it.
     
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    Fishboy123

    Fishboy123Valued MemberMember

    Yea! I have seen a lot of images of black water biotopes with just driftwood and maybe a couple plants or none!



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  10. Wendigoblue

    WendigoblueWell Known MemberMember

    Keep us posted Fishboy123! I would love to see your finished tank and the steps it takes!
     
  11. Castiel*

    Castiel*Well Known MemberMember

    Fishboy123

    I second this! ;) Hope everything goes as Planned.
     
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    Fishboy123

    Fishboy123Valued MemberMember

    I might be doing a shell dweller tank too nevertheless I'll keep everybody posted on either tank I do!


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  13. Wendigoblue

    WendigoblueWell Known MemberMember

    Here's a picture of a shell dwelling cichlid tank. Make sure to have lots of shells! ;D
     
     
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    Fishboy123

    Fishboy123Valued MemberMember

    That is an absolutely beautiful tank! I love it! What species are in there?



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  15. emmynk

    emmynkWell Known MemberMember

    Mine isn't as cool as echis, but here's mine!!
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  16. Wendigoblue

    WendigoblueWell Known MemberMember

    The tank isn't mine, but I thought you might want to see it so you can get a look at one! Emmynk your tank is very cool. I would love a shell dwelling cichlid tank. Not sure on the species though maybe a dwarf shell dweller?
     
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    Fishboy123

    Fishboy123Valued MemberMember

    Emmynk your tank is lovely! I love how the rocks contrast with the shells


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  18. emmynk

    emmynkWell Known MemberMember


    Thanks guys! :) echi, most of these guys stay really small. This tank is a mix of shell dwellers and cave dwellers. They are fascinating to watch. But if I had a species only tank, I would go with my sunspot brevis. They're awesome. imageimage

    Neolamprologus multi. Are another great option, because a colony can be kept in a 10 gallon. I don't have any of those.

    Then there are my cave dwelling cichlids.
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    my dickfeldi
     
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  19. Wendigoblue

    WendigoblueWell Known MemberMember

    Wow! They are amazing! I love your fish! What size tank is that? I'm going to have to get some now.
     
  20. emmynk

    emmynkWell Known MemberMember

    20h! Bigger would be better but this is working well. No aggression :) they're kind of hard to get your hands on. My LFS shop was able to special order them for me.
     




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