India Biotope

Wobbegong
  • #1
So I am planning on setting up a bunch of aquariums in my house, a 40 gallon, a 29 gallon, a 20 gallon , a 10 gallon quarantine and an india biotope aquarium. right now I am focusing on the biotope aquarium. I am planning it to be between 10 and 25 gallons heavily planted with rotala. As for the fish I am planning to stock it with asian stone catfish, scarlet gem badis and honey gourami. Does anyone have any advice or commentary on my plan.
 

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junebug
  • #2
By Asian Stone Catfish, do you mean Hara jerdoni? There are a lot of fish native to India that would work if you do a 25 gallon (pea puffers would be fun). Regardless I wouldn't keep Hara jerdonI in a tank with Scarlet badis, for reasons of everyone getting enough food.

An Indian Biotope is fun, though. Scarlet Badis are found among dried leaf litter and root systems in the wild (I've seen collection photos from someone's backyard, where there is a year-round pool housing scarlet badis). You will need to plan on feeding the D. dario live food, as you'll almost certainly get wild-caught fish that will not eat prepared foods. I found mine enjoyed scuds, daphnia, and blackworms. If you keep them well-fed, you can probably get them to breed if you have females.

What species of rotala are you planning on?

Also, be prepared to add driftwood that looks like plant roots, and leaf litter on the substrate. Floating plants also come in handy if you're going for a slow-still water biotope.
 

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Wobbegong
  • Thread Starter
  • #3
Thanks for the advice, I am planning to start a blackwork culture soon. And I do mean Hara jerdonI by asian stone catfish. Are there any other small non competitive fish that could live in the tank?
 
junebug
  • #4
How many scarlet badis are you thinking of keeping? They look great in groups And that will help determine what other bottom-feeders you can have.

Just as an FYI I keep blackworm cultures in my wild betta tanks, just right in the tank with them. It seems to work really well. If the fish get hungry, they go hunting for worms in the sand, plus the worms help aerate the sand.

Malaysian Trumpet snails help too
 
Genghis Karp
  • #5
Or you could use the 40 gallon, secure the lid very well, keep the temperature 20-25 depending on season, put loads of plants in and keep the water changes down to 10% per fortnight maximum and put a group of 5 Rainbow snakeheads in. They're awesome.

Sorry, Edit. If you're in a country that allows them.
 
junebug
  • #6
Or you could use the 40 gallon, secure the lid very well, keep the temperature 20-25 depending on season, put loads of plants in and keep the water changes down to 10% per fortnight maximum and put a group of 5 Rainbow snakeheads in. They're awesome.

Sorry, Edit. If you're in a country that allows them.

We aren't, sadly Too bad, because Snakeheads are amazing.

I've been thinking about it a bit and in a 25 gallon, you could probably do a group of scarlet badis and the Asian stone cats. It should be enough room for all of them to get some food. Keeping a shrimp colony in the tank with them still wouldn't be a bad idea.
 

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Wobbegong
  • Thread Starter
  • #7
Well I will probably be very modest in stocking. Depending on the tank size 4-8 would be what I would stock.
 
junebug
  • #8
4-8 of each? I would go with odd numbers if it were me.

Have you considered a small schooling species? It might look nice if you do the larger tank for the biotope.
 
Wobbegong
  • Thread Starter
  • #9
Well 25 gallons is as large as I am going to make it, 20 is probably more doable. I guess 5 badis could work. But I am intrigued as to what other species I could place with them?

So what other small uncompetitive bottom dwellers from india would be suitable?
 
Wobbegong
  • Thread Starter
  • #10
maybe finding fish from southeast asia would be easier to find.
 

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junebug
  • #11
India is more challenging, therefore more fun

In a 20 gallon tank I think you could do Asian Stone cats and D. dario. As long as there is a live food colony to sustain the dario you should be fine with that. Then you can supplement with live worms and gammarus shrimp.

Sorry, when talking about both I had 10 gallon in my brain and I can see one or the other eventually starving to death in a 10 gallon.

In a 20 gallon, I think your original stocking plan sounds brilliant. D. dario, Hara jerdoni, and honey gouramis
 
NightShade
  • #12
Gotta show us pics when you get it set up... that should be made a rule! Lol

Seriously, I would love to see pics when it's up and running... love all biotopes!! And build threads are awesome!! I can't wait to see an Indian biotope tank, because it has definitely crossed my mind to make one myself. I have seen some, but it's not a 'theme' that's commonly done.
 
Wobbegong
  • Thread Starter
  • #13
Alright, I can't wait to set it up.
 
NightShade
  • #14

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Vichu
  • #15
I would suggest school of melon barbs
Which are native to southern india and would do great when in 6 or above

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For your reference there is an Indian biotope tank at this page down the line
 
Wobbegong
  • Thread Starter
  • #16
What is the scientific name of the melon barb?
 
Vichu
  • #17
Haludaria fasciata it is

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