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On this page I will give an example of a set up you might want to try. For statistics on many individual fish, click on any fish picture. To view a list of plants suitable for the home Aquaria visit the Plant Statistics page.


Southeastern Asian Lowland Still Water.

    A tank for slow moving members of the subfamily Anabantoidea, other Labyrinth-fish, along with small barbs and danios and of course catfish.

Allepey backwater, India
Photo by: Raj Sivarajan

Betta splendens
hygrophila sp
Hygrophila difformis



    A standard fifty-five gallon or the forty gallon would be fine.

Typical setup.

    On the bottom use a dark substrate with no sharp edges to a depth of at least two inches and mix in some Laterite to promote plant growth. Place driftwood and roots in the back area creating many hiding places. This tank should be heavily planted, here are some native species available:

  • Giant Hygrophila
  • Nitelia
  • Hydrilla
  • Water lilies
  • Cryptocoryne ciliata
  • Java moss
  • Limnocharis
  • Water lettuce

    You want to have very little water movement, with a slight circulation from one end to the other. With the large amount of live plants the lighting should be bright, at least two fluorescent full spectrum bulbs.
Water requirements
    pH of 6.5 with a Carbonate hardness of around 4dCH and a total hardness of 10dH. Water temperature in the low eighties.
    A school of Danios, two or three pairs of any of the varieties of the Dwarf Gouramies., a group of Koolie Loaches and some catfish from the family Pangasius.

Colisa lalia

Dwarf Gourami.




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