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.





Lowland Swamps of West Africa.


    A tank for the lesser known species of fish, that deserve more attention. A rich tropical environment.



Okavango swamp, Africa
photo by: Francois Botha



Ceratopteris sp.




    A standard twenty-nine gallon, or even smaller if you choose to limit yourself to the Killifish.


    The substrate should be a fine grained sand at least two inches deep with plenty of Laterite mixed in or in a layer under the sand. Some smaller pieces of driftwood can be added for the anchoring of the plants. This will be a densely planted tank, here are some of the plants you can use:
  • Anubias Nana (my favorite)
  • Anubias Lanceolata
  • Eleocharis Acicularis
  • Bolbitis Heudelotii (on the driftwood)
  • Ceratopteris Thalictrodes
  • Ammannia Senegalensis

Bolbitis Heudelotii

    Once again this setup only needs very slight water movement, from one end to the other if possible. The lighting should be moderate to bright and two full spectrum bulbs should be fine.

Water requirements

    pH 7.0 to 7.2 with the Carbonate and General hardness not being critical, anywhere in the middle will be fine. Water temperature in the upper seventies to low eighties.


    Many small varieties of Killifish, Cichlids from the families Ctenopoma and Hemichromis, Catfish from the family Synondontis and other African catfish are the most common.


Jewel cichlid

Cuckoo Synodontis



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