Hey there all!
This 35gal has been one of my long-running tanks, but while I was away over summer, the heater decided it was done working for me...
Thankfully, the fish were all alright, but pretty much all of the crypts, apongetons, and lillies had died off. Duckweed/pothos were rampant and it was just ugly!
So, I decided I'd take everything out, reset, and try this whole biotope again. It's a long ways from done, but here's where I'm at so far:
Tank - 35 gallons (132.5L)
36" x 15" x 16" (90cm x 38cm x 41cm)
18gals of water
Main - 2x Odyssea 54W T5HO 6500K
Supplementary - 1 x T8 pink plant bulb
Small powerhead w/ prefilter,
Plumbed across the tank for unidirectional-ish flow.
Fishes - Currently in a 5gal bucket.
2 x Cherry Barbs
2 x Spiketail Paradise fish (Pseudosphromenus cupanus
8 x Orange Chela (Laubuca dadiburjori
Working on getting more spiketails and cherry barbs. Maybe a few more chelas.
Plants - Planned
Emergent: Hygro. "Ceylon", willow leaf Hygro, maybe some Bacopa
Submerged: Nymphaea sp, Apongetons, Crypt lucens, Crypt wendtii
Ferts: EI Dosing, Low-Tech
Substrate: Mix of Fluorite, clay, coir, and gravel to plant in. Pool sand.
A couple big ol' pieces of wood. Might add rocks later, but here's how it looks: