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- Setting Up a Natural Amazon Themed Aquarium Most of the freshwater aquarium fish we find in our pet stores originate from the tropical river of the Amazon in South America. The Amazon has more variety of fish and plant life of all rivers in the world put together. The amazing variety and beauty of Amazonian fish and plants is what drew me to this style of aquarium. I have fallen in love with creating Amazon community tanks and re-creating the environment and natural eco-systems of this river. The diversity of the Amazon River and its many means there are infinite ways in which you could create an Amazon theme, and the style and decor of your aquarium will depend on what sort of fish you wish to keep. Today I will focus on setting up an Amazon themed aquarium suitable for Angelfish or Discus. These fish can grow quite large so it is recommended to have an aquarium at least 150-200 liters or more in volume. They are rather peaceful fish, so they are very suitable for the community tank, as long as follow a few simple guidelines. For my theme I want to re-create the flooded jungle of the Amazon. Every rainy season the Amazon River bursts its banks to flood the surrounding jungle. At this time the fish head into the jungle to find a quiet place to wide. This is the child of aquarium I want to represent and will guide you through the process. Collecting the Decor for an Amazon Aquarium For an Amazon themed aquarium the decor (gravel, rocks, driftwood, plants) should be as natural as possible. For me this is a great excuse to get out into nature and explore some local rivers and streams. If you are lucky enough to live near a clean natural river or stream like this then this is the ideal place to get what you need for your Amazon setup. The river near me has lovely brown / red gravel that is very fine almost like sand. I gather 2-3 buckets worth of this gravel for my substrate. You can give it a quick clean using a half full bucket, stirring the hose through the gravel and pouring out the dirty water, but this is not necessary and it can be beneficial to leave the dirt and other bits of leaves and stick in there as this will help with plant growth. TIP: Be sure to get the finest gravel you can; This will help plant growth as the roots can easily spread through the gravel, otherwise the plants and their roots will have a tough time. While you are down at the river, be sure to collect some larger rocks and lots of interesting looking driftwood. You can start planning your aquarium scape as you find bits of driftwood and rock. Be sure to gather more driftwood than you need though, as quite often I will bring home a nice piece of wood only to find it is too large and would not look.