Amazon tropical fish species

Amazon Biotope Aquarium

The Amazon biotope aquarium is a popular set up kept by numerous aquarists, from beginners to experts. Most beginners start out with community aquariums with fish and plants from all corners of the world, but keeping a biotope aquarium is by no means more difficult than keeping an international community aquarium. If you are a beginner, you should therefore not hesitate to set up an Amazon biotope aquarium, as long as you are okay with sticking to sturdy plants and fish species from the Amazon region until you gain more experience. Setting up a biotope aquarium is actually ideal for a beginner since all plants and fishes will need exactly the same water conditions, water temperature etcetera to thrive. So, what is a biotope aquarium? As you might have guessed already, a biotope aquarium is simply an aquarium containing plants and animals from the same biotope. An Amazon biotope aquarium will for instance only contain plants and fish native to the Amazon region in South America.

Aquarium decoration
The Amazon waters are densely grown with aquatic plants and including a lot of live plants is recommended if you want to mimic the Amazonian environment. Also include plenty of bogwood and allow the bogwood to colour the water. Hardcore enthusiasts arrange the bogwood in a tangled fashion to make it look as if it had got stuck in the aquarium after drifting down the Rio Amazon.

Water chemistry and quality
The water in the River Amazon and its tributaries is soft and acidic, and most waterways have dark water. The darkness is caused by naturally occurring humic acid. The recommended pH range in an Amazon biotope is pH 6.0-6.9. Some species will prefer even more acidic water, down to 5.0-5.5. When it comes to water hardness, the GH should be around 3-7 and the KH 2-4.


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