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Hello,

New to the forum and new to planted tanks, but over the past 10 years I've done every other kind of tank from "dinky beginner" freshwater to saltwater reef.

I am setting up a 180g planted tank and I want to keep it natural and not mix fish from all over the world. I think I want to do an Amazon biotope but I am having a hard time finding a list of fish this would include. If someone can point me in the direction of a list of fish from this region (or make a quick list here) that would be great. Obviously generalizations up to the family level are fine (i.e. tetras, armored catfish, etc).

Thanks!
 

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1000s of fish in the Amazon you really need to select a location or river basin and go from there.
 

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1000s of fish in the Amazon you really need to select a location or river basin and go from there.
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The amazon is HUGE. Many of the fish popular to planted aquaria do come from either part of the amazon or rivers in surrounding countries, though.
 

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Well, I may not be hugely helpful. But here's a link that references some of the general fish (tetras, pencil fish, corydoras, silver dollars... and by the way, silver dollars would be fantastic in a 180-gallon!).

http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aquarium/amazon.php

If you select some catfish, try www.planetcatfish.com to look at the "Cat-eLog" that gives information on each species and origin.

Here's also a link with a list of the family/species names rather than common names, but it looks like it could be a start.
http://fish.mongabay.com/data/ecosystems/Amazon River.htm
 

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Thanks guys! I know there's a lot of fish but I'm really just looking for something generalized. For instance NOT to include barbs/rasboras, loaches, danios, etc. Even a resource listing origin information on popular aquarium species (not necessarily sorted by origin) would be useful and I could just manually look through it.

Geminiluna, that last link you posted looks like it will be really helpful, thanks!
 

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1257 species before the search stopped, take a look. http://www.fishbase.us/trophiceco/FishEcoList.php?ve_code=1

The site is http://www.fishbase.us (they have multiple top level domains depending on your region). Under Ecosystem I chose Amazon river basin and then chose all fishes. You can even go in and turn on pictures to see them. You can also search for specific species, genus, etc. I think it is a must have if you are trying to setup a biotope aquarium.

As everyone else has said, there are so many different habitats within the amazon that you need to focus on one or drive yourself nuts. Take a look at the Rio Orinoco, it has some great fish varieties. Hope this helps.
 

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My favorite site for information on fish species is seriouslyfish.com click knowledge base tab!
 
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