2 x 100W Mercury Vapor, 4 x 20W Sylvania Gro-Lux fluorescent on 12-hour photoperiod
Aquatech 200 H.O.T. canister with a sponge covered intake
Substrate consists of a 1-1/2 inch layer of iron sulfate- and Osmocote-enriched Hartz pH5 kitty litter topped with 2 - 7 inches of sand. Depth of the sand is dictated by the terracing.
Fertilization consists of 1 cc Flourish and 0.5 cc Flourish Iron added after bi-weekly 30% volume change. Supplemental carbon dioxide is provided via two 3-liter yeast generators connected to a single feed line, which discharges through an air diffuser placed directly beneath the canister's intake. The yeast mixes are refreshed regularly, one bottle with each water change-out
Aquascape is designed around a collection of driftwood fitted to form an uprooted stump. Placement of the wood facilitates terracing on the left-hand side of the tank, which creates and enhances an amphitheater-shaped grotto that is the focal point. Substrate is a mix of blonde and black sands for a darkened, speckled appearance complementing some of the fishes' natural coloration.