hamilton spotlight metal halide pendant stock wattage
Rena Canister filter, Aquarium Pharmaceuticals heater, Eheim pump
tunze, DIY home made CO2 diffuse in line
Silica Sand, Eco Complete, and with the Royal Pleco continually rasping and eating the driftwood there is a good loamy layer of light decomposed (saw dust-Pleco poop without the nitrates)(the crypt.s Love it!
74 degrees at the top of the tank but deeper there is a substantial thermocline and the temp near the substrate could be about 65 Degrees! 50% water change a month
5 mL of Flourish a week
Crypt. spiralis, balansae, wendtii.
Crinum Natans, Ludwigia Repens, Riccia, Taxiphyllum sp. Vesicularia sp. etc. Java Fern, Anubias barteri
Cherry, glass, crystal red, tiger shrimp. Licorice Gourami, Enders' Livebearers, Royal Pleco, Apistogramma Cacatoides, Poecilobrycon eques-tube shouted pencilfish. Fundulopanchax gardneri nigerianus killi, Nerite snail. Assasin snail
This was a winter creative endeavour and at the time I was really missing the Rainforest. And it was dirty old snow and snowing here in Spokane, and relatively lifeless. And it was about 10 years since my last aquarium. I wanted to make a tank that had a smart, clean looking design, and meshed well with the decor of my home.
To avoid any tacky distractions from the rimless look, I bored holes in the back panel (3/8" non tempered glass, splotch painted black) so all plumbing was neat and out of sight for the most part. The glass for everything else was 1/4" tempered glass. I made stainless steel clips for the top corners because I did not trust my silicone job. The guts (filtration, heater, CO2, reservoir, etc) for the tank were squeezed into the antique trunk below. The reservoir acts as a safety to hold water in case of a power outage (the way I have the consistant waterline I could run the risk of flooding but with my little reservoir I should be safe) If I put light in there I have toyed with the idea of having almost like a freshwater refugium. (What would it do??? I bet it would be a great nursury for Killifish fry and shrimps that get sucked down the overflow) I welded a steel frame that went though the chest and made the talk look as if it was almost suspending itself. I took extra precautions and steps to make this tank as silent as possible. I really wanted this tank to be the peace and intriguing serenity(TM) of my home. For the Driftwood- I collected it from our local river. I purposely did not boil or sterilize the wood. I viewed it kinda like live rock in the salt water tanks. (maybe I saw lazy and how in the heck do you boil a 3' piece of wood, my head hunter cooking pot was sold at the last garage sale..) Uncooked driftwood proved to be exciting and fruitful. The first few weeks or more, the wood continued to be decomposing I suppose as aquatic fungi, white slime etc covered parts of the wood, this was somewhat disconcerting, but I had confidence that things would mellow out. I also then bought my Royal Pleco hoping that he might start rasping away any growths. What was good though was there were always unidentifiable micro invertebrates popping up and swimming about. Finally though the real benefit has been the opportunistic native mosses that are (literally coming out of the woodwork) and growing on the wood as if Amano was sneaking into my living room at night. Its interesting because I live in a cold environ. and I have never seen aquatic mosses growing here in the wild but whatever it is the- stuff likes it toasty tropical warm. Like most of us here just waiting to be plopped into the tropics so we can come out and explore. Some of the Driftwood then comes out of the water where I have surface to grow a variety of plants and selagenella. What has been a great surprise has been the habitat that then has been created. Things like midges (chironomids) and Springtails (Collembola) have colonized there. They stay put in the tank area and they wind up feeding the system. (another possible benefit of not sterilizing driftwood). As an experiment I did not feed the tank for 7 months! I had an initial population of Shrimp and 6 Endlers Livebearers. The population of the livebearers got so great that it had to be thinned every month (I think a tank full of mindless guppies is a bit obnoxious) Now since I have added diversity of fish to the tank I do feed the tank but only every other day or so. I still look at if as a pretty well contained system that really only feeds off the light energy I add and some ferts. Kind of getting excited to build another tank. But I am building a house right now first. I will try to keep all you cool planted tank geeks that I dont know but wish I did posted. Thanks and Good luck,