#9: 76L Biotope Aquascape
Helen Hastings, Dallas Texas USA
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Aquascape Details

Tank Size
76 x 30 x 30 cm (30 x 12 x 12 in)
Volume
76L (20 gallons)
Lighting
Dbl hood; 24-inch PowerGlo in front, FloraGlo in back, 12 hrs/day
Filtration
Penguin Biowheel 170 power filter
Additional Information
At the time these photos were taken (July 2001) this tank had been "running" for 10 months. This is the second spawn of the L. speciosus pair (Boris and Natasha). A species tank for these elegant little cichlids, it is characterized by the term "natural" as opposed to true "biotope" because of the crypts and anubias. These micropredators love to hunt among the plants.

-Temperature 82 degrees F
-pH: 8.4
-Water source: Tap (Dallas, Texas) conditioned with Seachem Prime and cichlid additives

I mixed Fluorite and Laterite in the gravel in the rear of the tank before planting, and use Kent Freshwater plant food with weekly water changes.
Plants
Left: Cryptocoryne sp.
Back: Vallisneria sp. (Corkscrew Vallisneria)
Right: Anubias nana
Fish/Animals
-Lamprologus speciosus (Tanganyika shell-dwelling cichlids); breeding pair and their young
-Small Malaysian Trumpet and Ramshorn snails
Materials
Coral sand in foreground serves as shell dweller real estate--includes purchased shells (some Neothauma from Tanganyika); gravel in back is the planting area; sandstone rocks separate nesting and plant zones, some rocks stabilized with epoxy putty.