#101: 208L Aquatic Garden
David A. Youngker, East Ridge TN USA | E-mail: nestor10 at mindspring.com | Aquascaper Website
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Aquascape Details

Tank Size
122 x 30 x 53 cm (48 x 12 x 21 in)
Volume
208L (55 gallons)
Background
None
Lighting
2 x 100W Mercury Vapor, 4 x 20W Sylvania Gro-Lux fluorescent on 12-hour photoperiod
Filtration
Aquatech 200 H.O.T. canister with a sponge covered intake
Additional Information
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
Plants
Cabomba caroliniana, Cryptocoryne wendtii, Cryptocoryne wendtii "brown", Cryptocoryne wendtii "Tropica", Didplis diandra, Echinodorus "Red Flame", Hemianthus macranthemoides, Heteranthera zosterifolia, Hygrophila difformis, Hygrophila polysperma "Rosanevig", Ludwigia repens, Ludwigia spp., Rotala macranda
Fish/Animals
Betta splendens, Caridina japonica, Corydorus hastatus, Corydorus paleatus, Corydorus pygmaeus, Gold Nugget Pleco (L18 Baryancistrus spp), Hemigrammus bleheri, Hemigrammus rhodostomus, Microgeophagus altospinosa, Otocinclus spp, Rasbora heteromorpha, Tateurndina ocellicauda
Materials
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.