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Favorite Biotope

I have an empty 40B that I think I may try dirt on. Never had a dirted tank, but been keeping plants for about 2 years now (been in the hobby idk how long, a while).

Anyways I've done the amazonian/S America thing, and i've done the SE Asian thing, and I did the African cichlid thing a loooong time ago but don't really feel like doing that. I'm wondering if anyone has any good biotope ideas.
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I dunno if you are looking for an aquarium or terrarium type setup, but I think a calcareous fen could be an interesting and challenging biotope to try. There are a few flowering plants unique to this biotope that would be cool to see bloom.
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Do an Australian biotope with rainbows or, an Asian hilstream. Also, you could do African Congo, or, African killi. West African dwarfs with a kribensis species BESIDES P. pulcher.

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African biotopes aren't as common. You could fairly easily make one for some african dwarf frogs.

Also, probably easiest and most fun would be to make one cebtered around something local to you. It shouldn't be too difficult to find some kind of natural water to imitate.
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Also, probably easiest and most fun would be to make one cebtered around something local to you. It shouldn't be too difficult to find some kind of natural water to imitate.
I've always wanted to do this!!
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I did the local tank thing with a saltwater set up: collected local substrate, local water, local sea grasses and rockweed, got 21 mummichogs, some asian shore crabs, 2 unknown goby species, and 21 common periwinkles. It was cool for a while but I got bored, released everything and tore the tank down. Thats actually the tank I'm looking for ideas about.

Never done it for freshwater tho
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How do you feel about Stiphodon atropurpureus?

Rachel O'Leary has highlighted some of Ricky Chawla's S. atro tanks (here and here) that are tons of fun.


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I vote for a local North American biotope. I keep natives, although I don't have a true biotope. It's fun to collect them and to learn about your own flora and fauna.
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I love the look of black water and a variety of tetras. I want to do one someday.
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