Bleher’s Biotopes INTERZOO 2008

Germany – Nürnberg, 22-25 May 2008

Image Heiko Bleher participated for his 20th time at the world’s largest bi-annual pet fair and again with his authentic Bleher’s Biotopes, like during his first 1968 Interzoo participation, he showed unique aquarium displays and many visitors said: “This is the highlight of Interzoo 2008”. The Biotope stand with 9 authentic aquatic freshwater habitats from around the world was sponsored by Tetra, WZF, Aquarium Dietzenbach, Koelle-Zoo , Tropica and Aquapress Publishers.


Heiko decorated himself all 9 authentic biotopes with nearly 10,000 litres in two days with the help of Peter Günnel and Natasha Khardina – exactly as he has seen it in nature. During the 4 days of Interzoo 2008, which was the largest ever in its 55th year of history with more than 38,000 trade visitors, the biotope stand was the highlight, simply as aquariums have rarely been decorated “as in nature” with the exact concentration, species combination and décor-material from that particular habitat shown. Below now the habitats with original photos above the water line and the decorated same spot below water and than one can read the detailed description of each biotope. Part of  Heiko’s Biotope stand was also filmed by PKF, see

The nine authentic biotopes consist of the following displays:


 Rio Mapuera-Biotope – Amazon, Brazil

Detailed description of this biotope…


 Lago Cuipeuá Biotope – Amazon, Brazil

Detailed description of this biotope…


 Nan River Biotope – Chao Phraya, Thailand


 Rio Paraguay Biotope – Paraguay


 Victoria Lake Biotope – Uganda


Hubai Biotope – China


 Meruvambayi River – Western Ghats, India

 Detailed description of this biotope…


 Thandwe creek – Rakhine, Myanmar

Detailed description of this biotope…


Katherine River – Northern Territories, Australia

For each biotope there is a complete description of the fishes and plants (if there are), as well as the entire habitat into the smallest detail explained. Including the chemical water parameters and the visitors of such a habitat, so anyone can copy it and have much more joy in ornamental fish.

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5 thoughts on “Bleher’s Biotopes INTERZOO 2008

  1. Nidal Rezeq

    ” I was one of those lucky persons that had the opportunity to see Heiko’s natural biotope aquariums at Interzoo 2008. The most exciting of all was that only a few time after the fish had been introduced in the aquarium, they felt like being there for long time . The fish really felt like being home!!! I hope, more and more hobbiests, all over the world to start decorating only natural biotope aquariums.
    Thank you Heiko for transfering my mind to fish biotops, all over the world……………..!”
    31.05.2008 – Nidal Rezeq, Petshopowner, Athens, Greece

  2. David Lass

    Dear Heiko,
    It was a pleasure to speak with you at the recent InterZoo in Germany, and your biotope aquariums were absolutely incredible. As I was following the map of the many halls of exhibits to get to you, I was walking along, and came upon where the map said your exhibit would be. I looked up from the map, and all I saw was a big white box, approximately the size of what I thought would be the exhbit. I was disappointed since I thought this meant that you had not been able to come to the InterZoo after all. I walked around the corner of the big white box, and there was an entrance. I went in, and realized that the big white box was to screen out the rest of the rather chaotic industry show from your biotope aquariums. In the darkness of the room there were all of these absolutely gorgeous aquariums. Each one was of a different biotope, and the combination of fish, plants, rocks and driftwood in each different tank was perfection. My favorite was, I must admit, the discus. The fish were all incredibly vibrant, and the biotope was set up so they obviously felt very much at ease, with sand as the substrate, and branches hanging down for them to hide amongst. It truly looked like I was transported to one of the many discus biotopes you describe in your book, and I sat there in quiet amazement. The other tank that really caught my eye was, I thought, rose line “sharks” (P. dennisoni), in an active school in an Asian biotope. When we were chatting after I came out of the room and into the harsh brightness of the show, I told you that I really loved the discus, and also that the roselines were the fattest I had ever seen. You took me back in and showed me that what I thought were dennisonis were actually a close relative, and that they came from a single location only.
    I could go on forever, but I must close now. Your biotopes were simply wonderful, and actually seeing the group of all the different ones was much much better than reading about them one by one in your magazine articles. Thank you so much for all of your contributions to our hobby.
    Kind regards
    28.05.2008 – David Lass, Nahant, MA, USA

  3. Colin Bradbury

    Hello Mr. Bleher .
    let me 1st congratulate you on all your fantastic work, and your great speech at the recent Interzoo , I enjoyed the interview with PFK about the pulchra habitat, my main reason of contact it because some friends of mine you may or may not of heard of (Pascal Antler and Ulrich Alasfasser and some others) have set up there own website and forum to try and promote the correct keeping of the genus Channa, they are doing a fantastic job, but its hard with many sites giving conflicting and incorrect information and many forums full of people who have no real knowledge of Channa giving advise and many people not wanting to listen to correct advise, anyway all I wanted to do was to invite you to view the forum and maybe give a word of support, I know it would mean a lot to them and hopefully confirm to them what they are trying to archive is worth all there effort.
    I understand you are a very busy man and if you cannot find the time, no hard feeling, I appreciate how busy you are
    Your faithfully.
    17 luglio 2008 – Colin Bradbury – UK

  4. Sandy Moore

    My dear friend Heiko,

    As always, it was a pleasure to meet with you at Interzoo in May. Your room of biotype aquariums was my best memory of the entire show; a very unexpected but welcome surprise! It was an oasis in amidst so many business meetings and took me back to the real reason we were all there, our passion for fish keeping. Walking in to the darkened room, with only angled lighting shone on the aquariums took us all to the ultimate theatre presentation, and it was breath taking. I do appreciate your taking the time to walk through the exhibit and explain each of the fish, collecting sites, and even the benefit of the angled lighting. I see so many fish every day, but this simply was the most beautiful fish display I’ve ever seen. My favorite tank was the discus with Geophagus and angels. Seeing dozens of discus in their natural environment gave me an appreciation for those fish like never before. Also impressive was the biotype aquarium showcasing Puntius denisonii and Puntius chalakkudiensis (one of the many newly discovered fish in your exhibit that I’d never seen in person before) from Western Ghats in India.

    I was so impressed with the exhibit that I came back several times and brought many friends. They also appreciated the great effort you put forth in bringing the world to Interzoo!

    Since the show, we’ve been discussing the benefits of this type of aquarium with retailers across the States.

    Many thanks to you and your staff for all the wonderful work you do to promote the hobby.

    Best regards.
    23.07.08 – Sandy Moore, Segrest farms – U.S.A.

  5. Sunny Wong

    We saw Heiko’s exhibits ‘live’ at Interzoo, they were truly amazing. Especially interesting was the part about the Amazon, as this is our main line. We sell denisonii, and if the P. chalakudiensis displayed at Interzoo were denisonii, they would really be jumbo size! And just like Heiko to note all these behavioral differences between the two species. Very interesting! Thanks.
    01.06.2008 – Sunny Wong, Aquaterra Co., Hong Kong

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