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Biotope aquaria

Biotope aquaria are defined as a group of plants and fish from a particular region in the world. Because true biotopes are often not really nice to look at, the definition as used in our hobby is somewhat misleading. The term by which these types of aquaria should be known is actually wrong, and it would be better to replace it by regional aquaria. After all, an Amazon biotope means an aquarium in which plants and animals that can be found in the tributaries and adjacent swamps are combined. This rather large definition of such a setup enables the aquarist to create an aquarium with a large selection of possible combinations. It is as much a biotope as a North-American biotope or a European biotope.

 

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At Artis Zoo in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, a Borneo biotope has been created, complete with plants, a river, a pond and a waterfall.

 

True biotope aquaria are the other extreme. This means the reconstruction of a naturally occuring biotope at a particular location in the wild. Somthing like a Malawi aquarium is too vague a definition for such an aquarium. It can be as precise as Lake Malawi, vicinity of Nkhotakota, at a depth of 20 metres. In this site I will try to describe some true biotopes, and some regional aquaria. Please remember that all described possibilities are up to you, and that you can and may modify it to your own liking. After all, it's your aquarium, and you have to look at it and like itfish description

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