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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-09-2006, 07:34 PM Thread Starter
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45g african biotope

i just want to run my plan by everyone to see what you guys think of it.

45g tank
building stand and hood
five 6500k 30w t-8 bulbs totalling 150w=aproximately 3.3wpg.
rena xp2 canister with DIY CO2 using rex's inline reactor
aquatic plant soil with fine gravel/coarse sand layered ontop/mixed in (to add weight to hold the plants down)

Inhabitance:

SID! (Cteneopoma Acutirostre)
6 congo tetras

Plants:

Ammannia Senegalensis
Stargrass
Aponogeton crispus
Aponogeton madagascariensis
anubias nana
anubias barteri (coffeefolia and augustafolia)
Tiger lotus
bolbitus
crypt lucens (not african, but looks very similar to crypt nevillii, which is african, and its more redily available)
dwarf hairgrass
java moss (also not african, but it will add a cool atmosphere draped over the driftwood)
fairy moss (amazon, but one species is from africa, so i'm just using what i have)
frogbits (also amazon, but the roots look nice)

floaters will cover about 1/3 of the surface area of the tank.

any suggestions? this tank was meant to be a simple, low-light, low-tech tank, but it has quickly gotten entierly out of control! someone stop me!
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A few questions and comments:

The Cteneopoma genus are the so-called bushfishes, right? I was under the impression that almost all of those were rather large, at least two large for a 45. Is this a smaller species? I take it that this is to be a West African biotope? And finally, if this is supposed to be a low light tank, why 150 Watts of lighting? Anubias and such should do fine under half that.

Stargrass is also not an African species, though it is nice looking. Maybe hairgrass as well.

Best of luck.
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ctenopoma acutirostre gets about 6 inches long, and doesn't move around much. they mostly just hide in the plants and stalk their pray.

and it was ORIGINALLY supposed to be a low light tank, before i got the brilliant idea to make it into a biotope. now i want to grow madagascar lace and ammannia senegalensis, both of which need moderate or bright light to thrive.

Hairgrass: http://fish.mongabay.com/plants/Eleocharis_parvula.htm

stargrass: http://www.plantgeek.net/plantguide_viewer.php?id=198 (although its range is rather wide. we have it growing wild in lakes around here even)
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30 gallon pita...102watts..pressurized co2 ...jbj regulator...eco-complete substrate...xp-2... inline c-02 reactor...turbo twist uv
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this is a biotope tank. the only plants i'm substituting are ones that are very hard to find, and i'm substituting them with very similar relatives.
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Once again, the bane of common names rears its ugly head. When I hear "stargrass," I think of Heteranthera zosterifolia, a species native to Brazil and neighboring areas. I'd never heard of the stargrass (Zosterella sp.) that was described on that website.
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haha, no kidding. mis-used common names is how i get this 45 in the first place. i bought my spotted climbing perch thinking he was an african leaf fish, because he was labled at petsmart as "African spotted leaf fish" and the two species look remarkably similar. however, an african leaf fish can live fine by itself in a 10g tank. a spotted climbing perch needs at least 30. so right now my ctenopoma is in a 10g by itself with lots of plants until next month when i can get going on the 45. i got the 45 from craigslist for $30
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