Friday, October 07, 2005


New scape of 4 footer

Some pics and specs of the new scape:


Tank Dimensions (LxWxH): 4ft x 2ft x 2ft
Lighting Intensity(No of Watts): 220W (4x 55W PL)
Photo period: ~16-18hrs

With CO2 Injection Rate via CO2 : cylinder and a diffusor

Liquid fertilisers used: Seachem Florish and Tetra Florapride, fertilized as and when, usually a couple of capfuls once a month or so

Type of Filter : Ehiem external canister... think model is 2028, not looking forward to washing filter media again...

Water change frequency : ~5-10% almost every other day...

Tank temperature : between 26.5oC - 28oC

Bioload -

Java moss
Christmas moss (or is it Taiwan moss??)
Marimo ball
Fissiden sp.
Vallisneria sp.
Hemianthus micranthemoides (MM)
Hydrocotyle leucocephala or Cardamine lyrata(pennywort)
Eleocharis vivipara (long hairgrass)
Eleocharis acicularis (hairgrass)
Elatine triandra (APP)
Echinodorus tenellus
Echinodorus x barthii (I think or could be Echinodorus 'Red Rubin')
Crytocoryne wendtii var.
Crytocoryne x willisii
Limnobium sp. (Floating plant looks like giant duckweed)

Hoping to add Ammannia gracilis or Ludwigia arcuata for something reddish with big leaves...

Gymnocorymbus ternetzi, Black skirt tetra (~10x), ~3yrs old - spawning almost every monthly in old setup
Puntius titteya, Cherry barb (~12x), ~1-2yrs old, never seen them spawn
Paracheirodon axelrodi, cardinal tetra (~25x), ~2yrs old
Betta splendens, Siamese fighting fish, 1x female, ~3yrs old, tank police woman
Crossocheilus siamensis, SAE (2x), bigger one often turn yellowish (breeding dress?)
Nannostomus sp., pencilfish (at least 2 types, ~10 golden and 1 three-lined), golden pencil spawned several times in old setup, often see 1,2 small pencils...
Aplocheilichthys normani, Lampeye (3x)
Tanichthys albonubes, White cloud moutanin minnow (3x)
Melanotaenia praecox, dwarf rainbowfish, it killed all other ~7 rainbows
Otocinclus spp. (~4x)
Dario dario (1x)
Corydorus sp. (1x)
Yamato shrimps (~6x)
Snails (horned and zebra) (>10x)

Looking forward to add more lampeyes and either Congo tetras or Scissortail rasboras. As well as Cherry, Red Nose and Crystal Red Shrimps...

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