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Are there are sort of government sites or something along those lines, or just hobbyist/profession (sorry can't remember the proper title) collected information on naturally occurring plants and fish? Specifically looking for native species of the Philippines, doesn't have to be a specific area, just found in Philippine "territory".

But still if there are databases for finding out natives of North America, South America, etc, or more exact rivers or collection points, I would be interested in hearing other sites that document them.

I'm downsizing on this hobby, but will keep a main display tank up. Wanting to create a freshwater tank with Philippine native fish and plants (since the species aren't exact region specific, it's not considered a biotope right? just a Philippine natives tank).
For those that didn't know, I am Filipino, so it just makes it more cool, feeling like I have a piece of the Philippines at home.

My main thing I want to add are Pinoy/Philippine Blue angelfish (centerpiece fish). I know that strain is man made (selective bred, not wild variant), but I'm not even sure if freshwater angelfish are even found in the Philippines or not haha, but regardless, they are the main thing I want and would just like to add more "Philippine" things like Java Fern 'Philippine'. No idea if that naturally grows in the Philippines or is developed by man. So it's probably far from a true biotope, but you get what I mean, I just want "Philippine" related things. So far though, all I know of are the angels and fern, so anything else would actually be native found plants and fish.

Only actual fish I know of that is found in Philippine waters is Sicyopus cebuensis, so I will be sure to get some of those gobies.

@Tinanti just thought I'd tag you if you happen to know of any sources for finding native species (plants and/or fish) for the Philippines or any places in general.

Thanks in advance everyone!
 

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I've been doing something similar with an Indian themed tank and I found a surprising number of helpful scholarly articles when googling, including surveys of flora and fauna of different regions. A very quick look at google results for "Philippines aquatic plants" brought up this article: http://www.apms.org/japm/vol14/v14p10.pdf. There is a section that includes a survey of plants that might be helpful to you.
 

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@WaterLife,

You have a fellow countryman that's been posting a bunch of really great videos of Philippine Island rivers and streams, he's also gone to Malaysia, Sumatra, and Thailand for some of his videos. Take note: a lot of your archipelago's fresh waters are pretty high in carbonates and dissolved minerals.

DiscoveryPlanetuk's channel

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mQwZjrtXZMU

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtZEcoI0XDlzTGixnhHoxEQ

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kjUvQPejJi4

I particularly like the newest one he posted from Singkep, as you rarely get to see a real Asian blackwater environment. And I think I've got a new 'want' fish, the Sundadanio Atomus is really pretty.
 
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