A biotope aquaria is an aquarium that is set-up to simulate a natural habitat. The fish, plants, water chemistry, and furnishings are similar to those that can be found in a specific natural setting.
Always check compatibility! Some species from a particular habitat are not suitable tankmates. For example, the Peacock Bass will eat small tetras since they are their natural food in the wild.
The biotope aquarium can be adapted by adding species from disparate areas that have similar water requirements.
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Freshwater fish species listed by country and ecosystem -- excellent resources for constructing biotope aquaria.
Details on Lake Tanganyika can be found in the fish section on Lake Tanganyika cichlids.
ECOSYSTEMS: Lake Tanganyika
pH: 7.8-9.0, 12-20 dH, 75-82 F
A rocky set-up, complete with caves and ledges is recommended.
The substrate should be fine gravel or sand, scattered with snail shells.
Use an efficient filter that creates little water current.
Make frequent water changes since Lake Tanganyika species are especially sensitive to water pollutants.
Vallisneria is the only commercially available species, but Anubias and
Java Fern are also suitable if the aquariast is willing to bend the biotope rules.
Lake Tanganyika cichlids including snail shell-dwellers, Synodontis, Afromastacembelus eels, Tanganyika Rainbowfish.
Lake Tanganyika Fauna Is Threatened by Climate Change [includes pictures of Lake Tanganyika]
Other Biotope Resources