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35gal Biotope - Slice of Sri Lanka

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

Lighting -
Main - 2x Odyssea 54W T5HO 6500K
Supplementary - 1 x T8 pink plant bulb

Filtration -
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

Hardscape -
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:



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I like the wood! You should put some river rocks in there too. Great start!


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I am really liking this start. Crypts take well to growing emergent too. You may even be able to get some to bloom in there. I have gotten both wendtii and lucens to bloom.


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Update: PLANTS! (and fish)

Recieved a plant package from Colorful today and planted it all! Great guy to to get plants from and these are some QUALITY plants:

Hygro. "Ceylon"
Hygro. "Willow Leaf"
Crypt. "Lucens"

All of these should work great as emergent plants for filling in the area between the driftwood above water.

For underwater, I've got a suite of bulbs including apongetons, lillies, and a crinum bulb or two.
They are from Petsmart/co bulb packages which are a bit of grab-bag, but it looks like most of the bulbs are starting to put out roots!

And the fishes have been returned to their remodeled home! For those keeping score, that's:
2 x Pseudosphromenus cupanus
2 x Puntius titteya
8 x Laubuca dadiburjori

The plants are a bit sparse, but here are some new pics(pardon my novice camera skills):







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Ooooh Mystery!

Found some eggs on one of the Crypt. lucens leaves. There is no egg sac present and they look too large to be snail eggs, so I'm thinking/hoping these are from the orange chelas. I've seen them scatter eggs before, but I've never seen them stick to plants like this.

What do you think, folks?

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Well, whatever the eggs were, they got eaten.

In other news, some new additions to the tank! 5 more cherry barbs, all drip acclimated and from a LFS that quarantines their fish.

This brings the fauna total to:

2 x Spiketail paradisefish (females)
8 x Orange chelas
7 x Cherry barbs

With 18-ish gals of water, I'd say that's plenty of fish for now. The two older cherry barbs are nearing the end of their lifespan, but they're quite healthy so I don't expect them to kick the bucket any time soon. If I happen upon more spiketails, it would be great to get these ladies a male, but no rush.

Here's one of the new additions. Nice and red!

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thats one sick piece of driftwood
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After a crazy busy quarter at school, break has finally come and with it, tank updates.

First off: I am being overrun by aponogeton. These things are blasting out leaves and flowering non-stop. Apparently this is bad for the longevity of the plants, but the influoresences looked too cool to trim. Also, they're being pollinated somehow and now I've got a bunch of these little green plantlets. I'll put some up in RAOK when the holidays are over.

Here's a shot of some of the apongeton flowers from November:



Second: The hygrophila and mosses are flourishing in the tank, with the driftwood slowly being covered in the process. Some brazillian pennywort was added cause it makes a killer emergent, so it's really looking like a jungle in there. Wish I had a current picture for you folks, but I'm away from the tank for the time being.

Here's another shot from November:


And a FTS from 11/19:

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Lovely tank! Something like I want to do some day

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After another busy quarter at school, some long overdue updates! Tank is going strong, the hygrophila and pennywort love growing emersed. I practically have to take a machete to this thing every few weeks. Here are some shots after a recent hack and slash operation:

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Hygrophila flowers



Pennywort jungle


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Are you ever going to get a picture of the cupanus? I happen to be a big fan of the three PF genera, and - assuming you are not referring to P. dayi - I can't say I have seen a P. cupanus in someone's tank before.
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Are you ever going to get a picture of the cupanus? I happen to be a big fan of the three PF genera, and - assuming you are not referring to P. dayi - I can't say I have seen a P. cupanus in someone's tank before.
Beautiful fishes, no doubt! They stay hidden unless it's feeding time, but I'll try to find an older picture of mine for you.

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Well, major bummer today.

Bought 5 spiketail gouramis to add to the tank and overnight 3/5 jumped out of quarantine...
Even with the hood on! Escape artists I guess.

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