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Question biotype aquariums ?

which ones are the best and what are the details of achiveing each ones uniquenes ?

the reason i ask is because i have a tank that im in the procces of buying harware for but i cannot decide weather to do a iguami all shrimp , biotype , jungle set up or whatever so im just collecting knowlege at the moment
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by biotype, do you mean a single-species tank? I'm not really familiar with the term biotype when it comes to aquaria.
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Perhaps biotope? From what I understand, it depends on how specific you want to go. For example, a South-American biotope would include plants and animals only native to South America. You can get more specific, such as a Brazilian or Venezuelan biotope, or get even deeper into it, and do a biotope specific to a river or tributary. This can be done for just about any habitat. It does not necessarily have to be a single species, but species found in whatever particular area you're trying to represent. I'm currently working on a South American biotope, modeled after something like an Orinoco River habitat, so for me, it's a sand base, leaf litter, and wood...no rocks, and sparse, if any, plants. Water will be soft, and acidic. I'm not being as particular about the livestock, and going with a more general "South American" theme. If you search "biotope" even on youtube, you'll come up with examples.
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which ones are the best and what are the details of achiveing each ones uniquenes ?
For a biotype, start by picking the region you want to do a biotype from. The biotype has to be entirely from the same region, sometimes as specific as the same tributary or coastline, to be a true biotype. Then you need to carefully research the fish, invertebrates and plants, as well as decor and water conditions. No putting Java Fern and Discus together for example. Or Malawi Cichlids and Amazon Swords. Sometimes a biotype actually contains no planted materials at all.

As far as uniqueness, it's a matter of making the layout both pleasing and natural. Nothing artificial, nothing random. Nature has very specific rules for layouts, you can't defy gravity for example. Learn them and be one with the environment.

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ok thanks , i was either thinking of a amazon or i was thinking of working it around a particular species such as dwarf puffers . dravenxavier , yours sounds good , could you and anybody else possibly post up some pictures as it will be greately appriciated , thanks again

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Mine is in the VERY beginning stages. I haven't even bothered to put the sand in, as I'm conditioning some water first, bucket by bucket with some peat. Not necessary, but it's looking nice, with a very light yellow tint. I'd suggest checking out the April 2009 Aquarium Fish International magazine. It has a great article on an Orinoco biotope, including a stocking list, complete with some pictures of the tank. I'm currently using it to influence greatly what I already wanted to do. It also shows some of what can be achieved using point source lighting, as opposed to exclusively using fluorescent lighting. If my tank didn't already have the lighting built in, I'd give that a shot, too.

Here's some bonus material from the same article. It won't help you much in the actual set up, but provides a great starting place for the fish.
http://www.fishchannel.com/fish-maga...noco-fish.aspx
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ok thanks , i think im going to go for dwarf puffers but this in not 100% anybody got a picture of a dwarf puffer biotope , im searching google now but i cant seem to find anything
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This is one of the things that can make a biotope so challenging! Lots, and lots of research!! :P

this has some good pictures: http://www.zwergkugelfisch.de/Origin.html

So, looks like lots of rock, mostly brown, with some wood. It also gives you the water parameters, which is nice.

This has some suggestions on Indian plants: http://fish.mongabay.com/biotope_indian_river.htm

That's all I could find in a short search, but it's a start!
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thanks thats great , well anyway i was doing a huge amount of research untill silly hours of the morning lastnight and its a toss up between a dwarf puffer biotope or a loose thailand biotope , for the puffer one i would have lots of random unscaped wood with leaf litter and a few large rocks with the only fish being 4 DP's , as with the thai one i would have a tree root knid of thing in one corner with a rocky patch at the bottom and long stem plants at the back and some rice type plants all over , the fish would be 1 female betta , a bumblebee catfish , red tailed shark , 4 pearl danios and 2 loaces .

which sounds better ?
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