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Rainforest Tanks

These exhibits contain two tanks located near the entrance of the Aquarium which simulate tropical rainforest habitats. Tropical rainforests are hot, moist areas found near Earth's equator. The world's largest tropical rainforests are in South America, Africa, and Southeast Asia. Tropical rainforests receive from 60 to 160 inches of precipitation that is fairly evenly distributed throughout the year. The combination of constant warmth and abundant moisture makes the tropical rainforest a suitable environment for many plants and animals. It is not surprising that tropical rainforests contain the greatest biodiversity in the world.

One of our rainforest tanks contains species indigenous to tropical Africa. The various cichlid species on exhibit are aggressive in nature and must be provided numerous hiding places. African cichlids display interesting behaviors including breeding displays and mouth brooding of young. These fish actually take care of their young by allowing the baby fish to take refuge in the female's mouth. The various cichlid species on exhibit are aggressive in nature and must be provided numerous hiding places.  The second of the two rainforest displays contains animals found in the beautiful Central and South American Rainforests. In this habitat one can find convict cichlids, firemouth cichlids, Buenos Aires tetras and silver dollar fish.

History: These tanks were developed as rainforest habitats when we hosted the JASON Project on Panamanian Rainforests. Pacific Christian School donated $100.00 for the first animals to help develop this wonderful display.

Fun Cichlid Facts: Both parents are involved in guarding the fry from brood predators and engage in behaviors to assist feeding such as moving leaves or fin digging. Brood care of eggs, larvae and free-swimming juveniles in the wild can last 4-6 weeks. The parents actually hatch their young in their mouth.