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  1. Aquascaping
    I'm looking to create a small SE Asia Biotope in a 5g. I want everything physically possible to be representative of something that can be found there, specifically Thailand (yuup its a betta) but if some things have to be stretched so be it. I've got spiderwood and Malaysian Driftwood (but...
  2. Tank Journals
    I’ve been deep diving into studies of SE Asian peat swamps, particularly those of Borneo and Thailand, and I’ve settled on attempting to replicate the look and feel of a Malaysian peat swamp biotope with a 22-25 gallon blackwater tank. I say “look and feel” because I’ll be replacing a few plants...
  3. Tank Journals
    I had a nano tank open up and decided that I wanted to scape a native US biotope. I have never kept live-bearers and so, given the small size of the tank, I decided to stock it with Least Killifish, Eastern Grass Shrimp, and Ramshorn Snails. After doing a lot of research (sources below), I came...
  4. Fish
    I have a 12" cube (7.5G) opening up shortly and I was thinking of doing a native biotope with: 3 Least Killifish 6 Eastern Glass Shrimp 2 Ramshorn Snails I'm wondering if the tank will get out of control once these guys start reproducing. What do you think?
  5. Fish
    Came across some hongsloi in my LFS and I'm instantly hooked. Need to know all about them. Currently my plan is to keep a group of 4-5 but I'm not sure how males will fare with each other. Another option is to pair them up with some bolivian rams. Tank size hasn't been decided yet but...
  6. Plants
    I've been working on this biotope for a long time, and it was just generally a southeast asian sort of thing. I decided, ever since getting a betta imbellis, that I'd like to make it more specific to where an imbellis lives. I opted out of rice paddies since I'd have to remove my driftwood, so...
  7. Tank Journals
    This tank has been through several different aquascapes in the past, all nature-style, until recently when I decided to try a biotope. It is not a true biotope, however, because it houses a betta splendens, neocaridina shrimp, and uses ADA Amazonia aquasoil as a base substrate. Tank: Fluval...
  8. Low Tech Forum
    This thread is going to be both a place for me to organize my thoughts about the planning and setup of this tank, and then once I have all the pieces it will become a journal of the build and hopefully long, lush life of this tank. For this tank we have 2 goals: 1) Create an aesthetically...
  9. Fish
    Hello Everyone! I'm new here so feel free to redirect me to another thread :) I started a SE Asian Biotope aquarium ~2 month ago and need help stocking. And making sure I dont overload the filter. Here are some quick facts: 45 gallon tank Heavily planted (9-12 Java ferns). Rocks and driftwood 9...
  10. Substrate
    I'm not very happy with the substrate I have in my planted tank at the moment. It is flourite mixed with sand on top. I was attempting to make my Aquarium a Congo biotope but I have not so far been successful and the flourite has risen to the top of the substrate in many places as I believe it...
  11. Fish
    Hi, I've recently decided to do a South American biotope in my 30gal tall, and I'm thinking about stocking -2 cockatoo dwarf cichlids, -6 schwartz's corydoras, -7/8 glowlight tetras and a banjo catfish. However, I've read they can grow up to 5 inches, and while I've also read they're fairly...
  12. Fish
    Hi, I'm currently setting up a 30gal blackwater fl biotope, and I've run into a stocking dilemma. I'm for sure putting in 7-8 American Flagfish, and some sort of invert, but I'm torn between a blue crayfish(which I don't think will hurt the flagfish) or some olive nerites and grass shrimp. I...
  13. Planted Nano Tanks
    Hi. Im new to this forum and just getting back into the freshwater world after being in the salty side of life for a while. (I still have 2 successful reef tanks and work at a salt water fish and coral store locally). I recently acquired a custom build cube tank thats about 7ish gallons from a...
  14. Plants
    Thing over a Venezuela/Orinoco River basin biotope in my 75 gallon. I'm looking for some plant & hardscape recommendations along with a stocking review. Substrate will be a light brown sand covered with oak leaves for tannis and litter cover. For Hardscape I was thinking spiderwood roots. I...
  15. General Planted Tank Discussion
    I’ve got a shallow tank (8 inches depth) that I want to convert to a blackwater biotope, for less maintenance and more so for a change. I will have some frogbit or a similar floater on top with white sand, manzanita, and some oak leaves I’ve collected from outside. Maybe a HOB filter with...
  16. Planted Nano Tanks
    Hello everyone! I'm still in the middle of stocking my 33g Asian biotope but I'm already thinking (dreaming) of a new tank. MTS got me good! Due to space limitations a 10gallon would be the max I can have and fill the only (practical) space remaining. Dimensions would be 50 cm x 25 cm x 35 cm...
  17. General Planted Tank Discussion
    After a few months hiatus, doing a lot research (and probably much more procrastinating :grin2:), I've FINALLY decided to start working on my Rio Acandi biotope again. The problem is, quite early on I learned that finding any information on what flora and fauna inhabit the Acandi basin is damned...
  18. General Planted Tank Discussion
    I need help finding species that live in the Acandí river basin. The only fish I get when I search for species in and around Acandí is hyphessobrycon columbianus, which is a great centerpiece schooling fish, but I'm looking for more than just Colombian tetras for my tank. This is for my upcoming...
  19. The Lounge & Introductions
    I would love to hear about the experiences of people who have aquascaped medium sized (30-70 gallons) planted tanks. I am interested in aquascaping a long-term Southeast Asian Biotope, but have been away from the hobby for many years. I am looking at maybe a 40 breeder, on account of the 18"...
  20. Tank Journals
    Welcome everyone, to my first Tank Journal. I've been meaning to type this up for several months, but figured I'd wait until it was more complete and this snow day has made me pretty lazy, so I've nothing better to do! Scroll down for a TL;DR, but please, read! I got this tank from a friend...
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