video shows a group
of Cardinal Tetras
living in an aquarium
decorated with live
plants. Cardinal Tetras
are natives of the
Amazon River Rain
If you can't see the
video, shown just above,
River Aquariums Fish and other aquatic life from
the Amazon River offer an
opportunity to create some of
the most unique and beautiful
aquariums that hobbyists can
enjoy. Below you can see an
Amazon River Aquarium that is
home to a group of Discus Fish.
the Amazon River? The Amazon has been described as
is the greatest river in the
world. Rich in history and
surrounded by a wealth of mystery.
Scientists, even today, have
discovered only a small percentage
of the millions of species of
plants and animals that live
in the rain forests in the Amazon River
basin. Located in South America right
at the equator, the Amazon River drains
the entire northern half of the
South American continent. All
the tropical rains that deluge
the great rainforests of Amazonia
are carried to the ocean through
the thousands of tributaries
which feed the Amazon.
More water flows into the ocean
from the Amazon River than the
combined output of the
Mississippi, the Nile, and the
Yangtze rivers. Of all the river
waters flowing into the world's
oceans, one fifth of that water
comes from the Amazon.
Amazing Discovery Seven years after the Spanish
Explorer, Vincente Pinzon, had
sailed with Christopher
Columbus, Pinzon put together
his own expedition to explore
the east coast of South America.
His ship was 200 miles off the
coast, when a strange phenomenon
In what seemed to be the
middle of the ocean, the
sailors dropped a bucket
overboard and were greatly
surprised that they were
floating in fresh water. They
were 200 miles from the Gulf of
the Amazon and could see no
land. They turned west and
sailed toward the coast of South
America to discover the huge
mouth of the Amazon River.
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River Rocks The Amazon River drains a
massive area of land 40% of
the South American continent.
Over eons of time, massive
quantities of silt particles
built up around the River basin.
The shale and clay that line the
river are generally shades of
gray or brown and become
textured as a result of the
cutting action of the river's
These single colored rock
structures provide a dramatic
contrast to the spectacularly
colored fish which occur in the
Amazon. Aquarium backgrounds
which recreate the actual rock
structures seen in the Amazon
River have become popular with
many Amazon Aquarium owners.
These backgrounds recreate with
great accuracy the natural
environments in which the fish
live. It is essential to obtain aquarium ornaments and
decorations specifically made of
materials that will never
dissolve or affect the purity of
the aquarium water.
Rainbows of the Rainforest
Because of their unique shape, temperament, and wide variety of
beautiful colors, Discus Fish are considered to be the most desirable
aquarium fish by many aquarists.
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Discus will often grow to be over 5"
in diameter in an aquarium. Some scientists believe all Discus are the
same species, other scientists believe there are three species, and
still other scientists believe there may be many species and subspecies.
beautiful wild Discus that was swimming in the Amazon
Rainforest a few days before this video was taken.
Discus naturally live in water at a
temperature of about 78 to 84 degrees F. with a pH of about 4.2 to 6
containing very little dissolved salt and minerals. Sometimes the pH is
higher, but Discus prefer the warm rainwater of the rainforest.
Discus eat small worms,
crustaceans, insects, and some
bits of plant matter. In
aquariums it is best to feed
them frozen or live brine
shrimp, some frozen or live
blood worms, and live Black
will eat floating flake food,
which is very beneficial.
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Amazon River Water Because of the massive amounts of rainwater that
flow through the Amazon, the
water contains very few
minerals. The tap water coming
from the faucets in most
aquarists homes contains too
many dissolved minerals for the
fish that naturally live in
Amazon River water.
from the Amazon River basin do
better and are much more likely
to breed in aquariums with water
that is a mixture of tap water and water
that has passed through a Reverse
Osmosis (R/O) filter. Why an R/O
filter? Because an R/O filter is
the most economical way to remove
almost all of the minerals from
Of the Amazon River Basin
The Amazon River Basin is also
the home to many fabulous aquatic
plants that will greatly enhance
any aquarium, and these plants are
uniquely suited to the special
water and special fish in an
Amazon River Aquarium.
Many aquarists with Amazon River Aquariums add
to accelerate the growth of the plants in their aquariums. Click
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a beautiful young male Serpae
Tetra, who was raised on a
famous fish farm, but whose ancestors
lived in the Amazon
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Serpae Tetras for your
More Fishes of
the Amazon Basin
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small school of Cardinal Tetras
in excellent condition. Cardinal
Tetras are native to the Amazon
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