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 Hello  everyone,
 
 I  am  trying  to  create  an  aquarium  environment  that  is  as  close  as  possible  to  the  Southern  Indian  rivers  (Kerala  region).    This  will  be  for  my  new  dwarf  puffer  tank  and  I  want  to  get  as  close  to  their  natural  environment  as  possible.
 
 The  substrate  will  have  to  be  a  deep,  red  color  to  simulate  the  iron-rich  substrates  of  the  natural  rivers,  along  with  sand,  pebbles  and  rocks.    I  would  also  like  to  add  some  taller  plants  in  the  back  (rotala  varieties)  and  some  bamboo  stalks  (is  bamboo  possible  in  aquariums?).    There  should  also  be  some  roots/bogwood  to  which  I  will  attach  java  fern  and  java  moss  (since  dwarf  puffers  breed  in  the  moss).
 
 The  overall  look  I  want  is  for  the  plants/bamboo  in  the  back  and  on  the  sides,  with  the  middle  and  foreground  more  open  and  scattered  with  rocks  and  pebbles.    This  will  simulate  the  look  of  the  river  with  the  plants  concentrated  on  the  shoreline.
 
 Here  is  an  area  that  looks  almost  exactly  like  what  I'm  going  for:  http://indianaquariumhobbyist.com/community/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=86
 
 If  anyone  has  any  suggestions  as  to  what  substrates  (layers)  I  should  use  for  this  as  well  as  good  plants  for  the  setup,  I  would  appreciate  it  very  much!
 
 Thanks!
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 Hi,
 
 We  found  some  fresh  water  puffers  when  we  went  to  look  for  the  E.  canarensis.
 
 Please  check  the  following  links  for  more  information:-
 
 1.http://indianaquariumhobbyist.com/community/modules.php?name=Forums&file=viewtopic&t=1350&postdays=0&postorder=asc&start=0
 
 2.http://indianaquariumhobbyist.com/community/modules.php?name=Content&pa=showpage&pid=17&page=3
 
 3.http://indianaquariumhobbyist.com/community/modules.php?name=Downloads&d_op=viewdownload&cid=4
 
 Hope  this  helps.
 
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 Neither  Java  fern  nor  Java  moss  are  native  to  Kerala  Wink
 
 For  the  substrate,  go  with  a  jumble  of  various  sized  rocks  over  coarse  sand.  
 
 And  for  vegetation,  a  floating  mat  of  rotala  or  bacopa  with  something  like  hairgrass  in  the  background.
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 Thanks  for  the  replies  so  far!
 
 I  knew  you  guys  could  help  me  do  this  accurately  Smile    
 
 BTW,  if  any  of  you  are  interested,  I  run  a  website  on  the  dwarf  puffer  (Tetraodon  travancoricus).    I  don't  know  if  anyone  on  here  keeps  them  but  everyone  on  the  site  would  be  very  interested  in  hearing  from  those  of  you  familiar  with  their  native  habitat.
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Neither  Java  fern  nor  Java  moss  are  native  to  Kerala  Wink
 
 For  the  substrate,  go  with  a  jumble  of  various  sized  rocks  over  coarse  sand.  
 
 And  for  vegetation,  a  floating  mat  of  rotala  or  bacopa  with  something  like  hairgrass  in  the  background.                

 
 My  searches  for  bacopa  show  it  as  being  native  to  the  United  States.    Is  there  another  variety  that  is  native  to  India?
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 Hi,
 
 
                                                 
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My  searches  for  bacopa  show  it  as  being  native  to  the  United  States.    Is  there  another  variety  that  is  native  to  India?                

 
 Bacopa  Monnieri  is  quite  common  in  some  river  systems,  like  Cauvery.  See  http://indianaquariumhobbyist.com/community/modules.php?name=coppermine&file=displayimage&album=28&pos=20.  Not  sure  about  rivers  in  Kerala.
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Hi,
 
                                                   
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My  searches  for  bacopa  show  it  as  being  native  to  the  United  States.    Is  there  another  variety  that  is  native  to  India?                

 
 Bacopa  Monnieri  is  quite  common  in  some  river  systems,  like  Cauvery.  See  http://indianaquariumhobbyist.com/community/modules.php?name=coppermine&file=displayimage&album=28&pos=20.  Not  sure  about  rivers  in  Kerala.                

 
 Thank  you  for  the  photo  and  information  Smile
 
 Do  you  know  of  any  other  plant  species  that  would  be  useful?    Is  watersprite  (Ceratopteris  thalictroides)  native  to  India?
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 Yes!  They  are  but  I  haven't  noticed  them  in  any  of  our  collection  trips.
 In  Kerala  the  most  common  plants  we  found  were  Ottelia  alismoides,  Aponogeton  crispus,  Vallisneria,  Myriophyllum?  and  Pistia  striaotes.
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Yes!  They  are  but  I  haven't  noticed  them  in  any  of  our  collection  trips.
 In  Kerala  the  most  common  plants  we  found  were  Ottelia  alismoides,  Aponogeton  crispus,  Vallisneria,  Myriophyllum?  and  Pistia  striaotes.                

 
 Thank  you  very  much  Smile
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