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Re: [APD] SE Asian Swamp biotope?

Ooops, meant to add that the AGA website has some good
guidelines re biotopes that you might find useful:


While these were written up specifically for the Annual AGA
Aquascaping Contest, there's a lot of useful info there.


Fwiw, a common complaint about attempts at biotope tanks is
that some folks don't sem to keep in mind what fish are
found with what fish, what part of a river, lake, stream
they normally habitate.

--- "s.m.j." <werechicken at gmail_com> wrote:

> I've been researching converting my ten gallon to a
> southeast asian
> swamp biotope. From what I've read so far, I am a bit
> confused about
> the requirements. Currently the tank houses a female
> betta, a small
> school of espei rasboras, java fern, vallisneria, bacopa,
> and an
> amazon sword.
> One source I've read lists rasboras and labrynth fish as
> possibilities
> for fish. Another source I've read puts the rasboras in a
> separate
> biotope and doesn't list bettas at all (perhaps because
> they are
> ornamental fish, at least not found in the wild in this
> form, except
> by accident?).
> As for plants, I've read that java fern and vallisneria
> are part of
> the "SE Asian biotope" but not the swamp version.
> The plants I've found as possibilities for the "swamp"
> I've listed
> below, but am not sure that they are accurate.
> Barclaya longifolia
> Cryptocoryne balansae
> Hygrophila corymbosa v. 'siamensis' (Giant Hygro)
> Hygrophila corymbosa v. 'Angustifolia' (Fine Leaf
> Corymbosa)
> Hygrophila corymbosa 'stricta'
> Hygrophila difformis (wisteria)
> Limnophila sessiliflora (Asian Ambulia)
> Monosolenium tenerum ("pellia")
> Pogostemon helferi (Downoi)
> Rotala rotundifolia 
> Plus I'm not sure if adding "decaying leaves" would be a
> safe idea.
> Does anyone have any suggestions, or resources they
> recommend?
> So far I've read:
> http://www.mongabay.com/fish/biotope_se_asia_pool.htm
> http://badmanstropicalfish.com/bio-type.html
> Eheim's Habitat information on the web
> Peter Hiscock's "Aquarium Designs" (book)
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