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South American Biotope Aquarium Questions

I bought 8 Serpae Tetras and 3 Peppered Corys for my 29g Bowfront. I really want to turn it into a biotope aquarium. From what I have read online a South American blackwater stream biotope will be what I need for these fish but I wanted to ask on here to make sure. I also would like any advice and would love to see other peoples South American blackwater stream biotope tanks.
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Pepper cories usually aren't found in blackwater, as I understand it. Clear flowing water is more common.

Serpae are often found in blackwater, I think.

A blackwater stream tank is fairly simple as biotopes go. Go with a sand substrate, a few chunks of fresh malaysian driftwood(to release lots of tannins), and some floating plants. Light doesn't penetrate down into the water, so you want floating plants not rooted plants - Salvinia and frogbit are good choices.
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Duckweed is also a good choice. Hop you post pics once it's set up.

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Thanks, I can put the cories in my 20g tank. What would be a good fish for the bottom of the tank?
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How about Rams?
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Other types of cories would probably work. Just research what kinds are blackwater species. You could also get some apistogrammas or rams, they like to swim near the bottom of the tank and are also blackwater species.

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Dicrossus filamentosas or maculatas would also be good.
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I might go with Rams but I read that they come from areas with lots of plants. Here are some other fish I was looking at.

Bronze Corydoras
Banjo Catfish
Spotted Cory
Skunk Cory
Schultz's Cory
Dwary Cory
Julii Cory
Blackfin Cory
Green-gold Cory
Pygmy Cory
Schwartz's Cory

Threestripe Apisto
Finestripe Apisto
Cockatoo Cichlid
Agassizi's Dwarf Cichlid
Two-striped Apisto

What would be the best to go with and what would be good stocking for this tank?
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Corydoras adolfoi: http://www.seriouslyfish.com/profile...adolfoi&id=240

Corydoras rabauti: http://www.seriouslyfish.com/profile...rabauti&id=310

Both of these inhabit blackwater. The latter is being sold on aquabid right now by several folks.

You could also try Brochis splendens ("emerald" cory), which are fairly common. They were found in blackwater here: http://fish.mongabay.com/biotope_rio_sucasari.htm
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They have the Brochis Splendens at the LPS for $1. I might get some of those.
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