Northern Australia Rainforest Creek Biotope Aquarium Setup


A biotope aquaria is an aquarium that is set-up to simulate a natural habitat. The fish, plants, water chemistry, and furnishings are similar to those that can be found in a specific natural setting.

Always check compatibility! Some species from a particular habitat are not suitable tankmates. For example, the Peacock Bass will eat small tetras since they are their natural food in the wild.

The biotope aquarium can be adapted by adding species from disparate areas that have similar water requirements.

[Photos from various habitats/biotopes]

Freshwater fish species listed by country and ecosystem -- excellent resources for constructing biotope aquaria.

Northern Australia Rainforest Creek

Rivers in the Daintree are highly seasonable -- smaller creeks may nearly dry up in the dry months, leaving scattered pools until rains return. Typically the creeks are boulder-strewn, with river rocks and sand as the substrate. Water current alternates between fast-flowing rapid sections and quiet pools.

pH 7-7.5, 10-12 dH, 75-84 F (24-29 C)

Use river rocks and a sand substrate. Provide open swimming areas and use a filter that creates current in at least one part of the tank -- rainbowfish are active fish.
Bright lighting, clear water.

Vallisneria, Aponogeton, Ceratopteris, Bolbitis

Rainbowfish, Gobies, Australian Arowana.

Daintree rainforest creek: Creek, Creek, Creek, Creek, Atherton Tablelands Creek - Added 10/12/02, Atherton Tablelands Creek - Added 10/12/02
Fraser Island Habitats: clearwater australia creek Rainforest creek, Rainforest creek, Eli Creek, Window lake, Window lake, Window lake.
Sand substrate. Very clear water! Soft, acidic water.