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Amano's biotope tank
An interesting departure for Takeshi Amano, is his description of a
geographic aquarium based on a blackwater biotope in Se Asia.The setting is
a blackwater peat swamp environment with a temp of 26-30C, a pH of 5.0-6.8
and a reading of 6 DH. 10-15cm of laterite substrate are used on the bottom
and hollowed out logs of driftwood are placed off centre in the tank. Large
mats of Barclaya longifolia and low growing Crypts take up the foreground
and clumps of willow moss grow on the logs. The floating leaves of green and
red tiger water lilies provide surface cover and hiding places for
mouthbrooding bettas or Chocolate gouramies.
In this tank the suggested fish/shrimp are Betta foreschi, Paraosphromenus
linkei, Rasbora tonili, Pseudodanio axelrodi, rock and amano shrimp.
This is a departure for Amano san, here he has worked with Takashige Idei
and Minoru Matsuzaka who are proponents for a style very different from his.
In all this article looks at 5 S Am, 5 W African and 4 SE Asian habitats.
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