John Glaeser, Madison WI USA | E-mail: jglaeser at mail.madtown.net
- Tank Size
- 152 x 61 x 61 cm (60 x 24 x 24 in)
- 567L (150 gallons)
- Four each JBJ Lighting Systems, Formosa compact fluorescent, twin tube 24" fixtures. Each fixture mounted with one 55watt, 5300K bulb and one 55 watt 4800K bulb. 14-hour photoperiod.
- Two Duettos 100, providing water circulation. One unit is positioned in the back, left, bottom corner next to the heater. This helps to distribute warm water diagonally through the lower part of the water column. The second unit is located near the top right corner and is close to a NutraMatic feeder.
- Additional Information
- Compressed CO2 with controller provides pH 7.00 and approximately 15 mg/L CO2 in the water column. I test for ison, nitrate and phosphate weekly, adding Yamato Green supplements, potassium nitrate and phosphate as needed. My nutrient level goal is 0.25 mg/L iron, 20 mg/L nitrate and 1 mg/L phosphate.
Concept and setting
Goal: Harmonious diversity
Method: Allowing plant groups to intertwine along their contacting edges
Style: Sense of freedom, fluidity and process
Illusion: A wilderness to be explored
Installation: Within the atrium of Birge Hall, home of the Department of Botany at the University of Wisconsin in Madison
Purpose: The aquarium is part of an exhibit on aquatic plant evolution, emphasizing the multiple origins of the aquatic habit, evolutionary convergence on particular leaf morphologies and growth forms, and adaptive radiation of closely related species into different growth forms and ecologies. Nearly 40 species and 22 families are displayed.
- 1 Anubias barteri, 2 Aponogeton crispus, 3 Aponogeton natans, 4 Barclaya longifolia, 5+6 Bacopa caroliniana, 7 Ceratophyllum demersum, 8 Crinum thianum, 9 Cryptocoryne balansae, 10 C. walkeri, 11 C. wendtii, 12 Didiplis diandra, 13 Echinodorus tenellus, 14 E. hormani, 15 E. amazonicus, 16 Eleocharis acicularis, 17 E. vivipara, 18 Glossostigma elatinoides, 19 Hemianthus micranthemoides, 20 Heteranthera zosterifolia, 21 Hydrocotyle leucocephala, 22 Hydrocotyle verticillata, 23 Hygrophgila difformis, 24 Isotes lacustris, 25 Lilaeopsis, 26 Limnophila indica, 27 Marsilea quadrifolia, 28 Mayaca fluitans, 29 Microsorum pteropus, 30 Myriophyllum aquaticum, 31 M. simulans, 32 Najas indica, 33 Nymphaea lotus THAI, 34 N. lotus rubra, 35 Riccia fluitans, 36 Rotala rotundifolia, 37 Vallisneria spiralis, 38 Vesicularis dubyana, 39 Saggitaria subulata
- Ancistrus dolichopterus, Aphyosemion australe, Jordanella floridae, Otocinclus, Rasbora heteromorpha, Siamese Algae Eaters.
- Substrate layers: Bottom layer = 1 1/2" mix of one part topsoil and one part red flint aquarium gravel. Top layer = 1 1/2" mix of Terralit, Turface and red flint aquarium gravel. One 20 inch long driftwood branch, vertically positioned to support a cluster of Microsorum pteropus at far right back corner.