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Biotope Aquariums

A biotope aquarium contains fish species (and plant species if applicable) that correlate to a particular environment, somewhere in the world. It is often difficult to replicate biotopes exactly, as we are all limited to availability of plants, rock types etc, so occasionally substitutions have to be made.

It is not necessary to exactly replicate the biotopes inhabitants, in fact in many cases an ecosystem will contain fish that prey upon each other, as well as cloudy water, mud and a whole host of other undesirable things!

The most popular biotope tank is perhaps the Amazon floodplain, followed closely by the rock-filled tanks of Lake Malawi. Have a look at some of our examples and see if anything inspires you!








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Fishkeeping Facts and Tips

Cichlids? There are estimated to be over 2000 different Cichlid species in the wild, of all sizes, shapes and colours. Many require very specialist conditions such as those coming from the sandy/rocky waters of Lake Malawi and Lake Tanganyika. Others, such as the Apistogramma dwarf cichlids from the Amazon basin require softer water and a well-planted tank. In general cichlids do not make good community fish as they can get quite aggressive, especially when spawning - but a specialist cichlid tank is certainly a sight to behold, and can be very rewarding for the more experienced aquarist


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