Jungle aquarium type JBL Rio Pantanal®

JBL Rio Pantanal®

Jungle aquarium type JBL Rio Pantanal®

Would you like to have a piece of jungle river in your living room? This aquarium shows a beautiful underwater landscape from South America with its typical dwellers, including the neon tetra, which is one of the most colourful little gems of the Amazon region.

A jungle aquarium has to be one of the most beautiful types of aquariums with its wonderful mingling of magnificent plants and colourful fish. The dwarf cichlids demonstrate some interesting behaviour as they care for their brood and the neon tetras and pencil fish display their breath-taking colours. After a running-in time of one to two weeks the plants will start growing, giving your aquarium a jungle character.

Modelled on nature

We named this aquarium “Rio Pantanal® “ because the water in Brazil’s Pantanal is one of the clearest waters in the world. Looking at the fish stock we also could have named the aquarium Rio Negro or Amazon Region. But the water of these rivers either have a white-cloudiness or a deep brown colour.


Get a general idea of what costs to expect and which questions could arise.

Where is the best place to put your aquarium?

Dimensions: 80 x 35 x 40 cm = 110 litres, weight: approx. 140 kg (goes easily on your floor!)

What are the electricity costs?

Maximum € 13.30 per month.

Who takes care of the aquarium during your holiday?

An automatic feeder ( JBL AutoFood BLACK ) will provide the food supply (€ 44.95).

What are the costs of the JBL Rio Pantanal®?

Aquarium with cover: approx. € 160

Aquarium cabinet: approx. € 100

Fish & plants & decoration: approx. € 410

Technical items &food & care products: approx. € 530

How do I get my JBL Rio Pantanal® home?*

Your aquatics retailer will deliver the aquarium to your home for € 50**

Your aquatics retailer will set up your Rio Pantanal® for € 80**

Your aquatics retailer will maintain your Rio Pantanal® for € 80**

*This service is only available at a few participating aquatic retailers

** Service prices vary. Please contact your aquatic retailers.

Aquarium information


80 x 35 x 40 cm = 110 l

Water values

pH value: 6.5-7.5

KH 4-8 °dKH

Nitrite (NO2): 0 mg/l

Iron (Fe): 0.1 mg/l

CO2: 20 mg/l

Temperature: 25-27°C

The suitable decoration for the JBL Rio Pantanal®

Here you can see what decoration, substrate and plants you need to make your aquarium look like a stretch of Pantanal.

Natural substrate and long-term plant culture medium

JBL Manado

Natural substrate for freshwater aquariums

  • Optimal plant care through porous structure and nutrient storage function: substrate for freshwater aquariums
from 6,64 €

JBL PROFLORA AquaBasis plus

Long-lasting nutrient substrate for freshwater aquariums

  • Nutrient substrate for beautiful and permanent plant growth in all freshwater aquariums. Works for 5 years guaranteed
from 11,98 €
Stones and wood
Iceland lava rock

15 kg, mixed, 10- 20 cm

Talawa wood

2 pieces mixed, 10 - 40 cm

These plants suit the jungle aquarium

Plant (A)

Amazon sword plant

(Echinodorus bleheri)

5 plants

Plant (B)

Pygmy chain sword

(Helanthium tenellum)

10 plants

Plant (C)

Crytocoryne crispatula

(Cryptocoryne crispatula)

3 plants

Plant (D)

Wendt’s Cryptocoryne

(Cryptocoryne wendtii tropica)

4 plants

Planting plan

Here you can see the exact plant location and species in the aquarium. The letters characterise the plant species, mentioned above.

Aquarium technology

This outline shows all the technical products you need for the Rio Pantanal® themed aquarium and a price quotation to give you an idea of the costs involved.

Used products
JBL CRISTALPROFI e702 greenline
External filter for aquariums from 60-200 litres
from 123,76 €
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High-performance LED light for aquariums
from 107,74 €
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LED effect light as supplement to JBL LED SOLAR NATUR
from 89,39 €
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Plant fertiliser system with refillable cylinder and night switch-off
from 298,89 €
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High performance direct diffuser for CO2
from 31,04 €
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JBL Aquarium Thermometer Slim
Slim glass thermometer for aquariums
from 5,77 €
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Heating for aquariums, 150 W safety heater-stat with protective basket
from 28,86 €
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Floating glass cleaning magnet for aquariums
from 13,84 €
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The fish stock for your jungle aquarium

In the Pantanal live a variety of beautiful fish which also suit your aquarium. You will find a selection matched by size and behaviour.

Cockatoo dwarf cichlid

Apistogramma cacatuoides

1 male, 2 females

Neon tetra

Paracheirodon innesi

20 animals

Golden pencil fish

Nannostomus beckfordi

15 animals

Three line catfish

Corydoras trilineatus

6 animals

Golden Oto

Otocinclus affinis

10 animals

Video about the setup of the JBL Rio Pantanal®

This 8 minute video shows you what the completed aquarium will look like and how to set it up step by step.

How to maintain your jungle aquarium

Even if an aquarium involves much less work than keeping a hamster, there are still a few care measures which are essential to the functioning of your jungle aquarium. You will be surprised how little work you need to maintain your aquarium!


Illuminate the aquarium approx. 8 hours during the first 2 weeks, afterwards a maximum illumination of 12 hours is possible. Carry out a 30 % water change every 14 days.


Check daily whether the technical items are working correctly ( Aquarium filters and aquarium accessories , CO2 plant fertilisation and Light ).

Plant care

Please make sure that you add enough CO2 from day one.

Use a complete fertiliser ( JBL PROFLORA Ferropol 15 ml weekly) and a further daily fertiliser ( JBL PROFLORA Ferropol 24 ), which you add into the aquarium in the morning, before switching on the lighting. Start with 50 % of the normal dosage and increase, depending on the plant growth. After 4-5 weeks you can start with the pruning of the plants. Respective to the plant species, regular pruning is needed. If the amazon sword plants become too large, you can remove single leaves at the edge of the rootstock. Often the amazon sword plants discard their leaves after you have inserted them into the aquarium and only then do they develop real underwater leaves. So please have a bit of patience! Please always remove dying or diseased leaves – this can be easily done with long scissors ( JBL PROSCAPE TOOLS S STRAIGHT ).

Maintenance time per week

30 minutes.

How often do you need to empty and clean the complete aquarium?

Your JBL Rio Pantanal® can stay healthy and beautiful for many years with the above mentioned care. Redecorating your aquarium after a few years, if you wish, will be no problem.


2-3 x daily as much as the fish can eat in 3 minutes. 1 tablet per day, alternating with other foods.

JBL NovoBel
Main food flakes for all aquarium fish
from 3,32 €
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JBL NovoGranoMix
Main food for medium-sized and large aquarium fish
from 9,97 €
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JBL NovoGranoColor
Main food for medium-sized and large, brightly coloured aquarium fish
from 10,86 €
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JBL NovoTab
Main food tablets for all aquarium fish
from 7,86 €
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JBL NovoFect
Food tablets for plant eating aquarium fish
from 7,86 €
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Special features

Do not position your aquarium in an excessively bright place, because direct sunlight promotes algae growth.


The overall layout mentioned is only a suggestion. You can just as easily put the wood at the back of the aquarium on the left for example. But please follow our suggestions when it comes to the fish community and the number and species of the plants.

Water treatment and tests

Tap water is not always suitable for fish. Before fish are added, the aquarium water needs an additional treatment with a suitable water conditioner ( JBL Biotopol ). One hour later, add a bacteria starter ( JBL Denitrol ). Yyou can now add fish. Please check the nitrite content of the water every second day during the first two weeks using the JBL Nitrite Test NO2 . You can do further water tests to check in the Water Analysis Online Laboratory , whether the water is providing optimal conditions for fish, invertebrates and plants.

If you live in a region with hard water you need to adjust your tap water to the recommended values (in aquarium information) by adding osmosis water.

You can find the JBL Rio Pantanal® at these specialist dealers

A lot of pet supply retailers exhibit the equipped Pantanal themed aquarium in their outlets and have everything you need for this aquarium in their product range.

Experiencing the habit up close

A JBL expedition already led us into the Pantanal in Brazil. In our report you can find out what research findings our team has brought along and the many photos will give you an impression about the beauty of this habitat above and under water.

Expedition Brazil

The 5th JBL expedition was quite an event: 14 days Amazonia and northern Pantanal, as well as two days at the southern edge of the tropical marine fauna’s habitat in the Atlantic Ocean!

Find out more

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