don't know why I never really posted up this tank. It was started about a month before I bought my Cube... so I believe it began life in April. This tank really doens't have a scape. It's meant to house a lot of apistos, which means I have to provide a lot of hiding places, block lines of sight, and keep enough fish commotion so that they don't spot each other.
Not much of the hardscape is visible at all. The walls are first lined in plants, then driftwood and rocks go in front of those, and then plants in front of the driftwood.
My two main goals with this tank were opposing challenges: Place enough junk in it to keep the apistos from bugging each other, and to keep the middle as open as possible and utilize the shape of the tank to create depth.
My LFS was out of Flourite so I went with Flourite Red (big grains), Flourite Black (medium grains), and Flourite black sand (fine grains). The goal was to create the striation that is advertised in eco complete. It looks like it has worked. Because of the red substrata I decided to highlight red and use a lot of red plants.
This tank is one of my favorites because I can place however many plants I want in it and the more overgrown the better!
My foreground ground cover is E. Tenellus that I picked up from Macclellan (thanks!
) it's just starting to fill in. Can't wait until it's nice and thick!
These pics are following a major trim... I should have taken pics before the trim... It was a jungle!
I'm using 1x65 watt Current USA 6700k/10,000k dual PC bulb, 1x55 GE 9325K bulb, and 1x 96 Coralife 10,000k PC bulb.
The 65 watt and 55 watt bulbs are in a 24" fixture at the back of the tank, The 96 watt is a 20" fixture which runs a 5 hour mid day burst at the front of the tank. You're probably thinking this is a lot of light, but I have only scraped algae from this tank once in it's life... and it was a minute mount of GSA on the front glass.
6700k/10000k combo bulb
9,325k - I stand by my belief that this bulb is too pink to use alone
6700k/10000k & 9,325k - what the tank looks like most of the day
6700k/1000k & 9,325K & 10000k - My mid day burst
10,000k- Keep in mind this is a different lamp and it's only over the front of the tank. It doesn't illuminate the same area as the others
And for giggles a few other pics.
Red Melon Centerpiece