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The Art of Biotopes

What is a biotope? A Biotope is a replication of a specific region, body of water or environment that's recreated in an aquarium. Biotope is also a synonym for habitat. A true Biotope only contains plants, fish, substrate, and hardscape from that particular area. Down below I've given some examples of Biotopes created in the 2020 Biotope Aquarium Design Contest.


One of the reasons why I love biotopes so much is the fact that no matter what part of the world you inhabit one can make a biotope of their region.


For more information on each biotope I have provided links below the images I encourage you to check them out.


Coastal area of Ayamaru Lake, West Papua, New Guinea



Biotopes aren't just restricted to aquariums either. One can make biotopes of paludariums, terrariums, vivariums. Check out this Paludarium.


Unnamed creek bank in Sebangau tropical peat swamp forest Indonesia


Intermediate Rocky Habitat, Lake Tanganyika, Zambia


I hope you have learned more about Biotopes and have gained inspiration on your next aquascape. Join me in my next blog where I teach you how to create a biotope.





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