Chris Jackson, Falmouth Cornwall United Kingdom
- Tank Size
- 122 x 61 x 61 cm (48 x 24 x 24 in)
- 430L (114 gallons)
- Dark car window tinting
- 3 x 36w T8 fluorescent tubes and 2 x 54w T5 tubes 800k
- Eheim 2226 canister filter in series with a Fluval 303 canister filter as second media chamber. Eheim filter media - Efimech, Efisubstrat, foam.
- Additional Information
- 35mm Dennerle Deponit and mineral sand with another 35-50 mm black quartz gravel. Dennerle undergravel heating cable with electronic controller.
10% water changes twice weekly using filtered (Fluval 102 with Efisubstrat) rainwater through an automatic changing system. KH is kept at 4/5 through the addition of KH powder as the rainwater is very soft. PH 6.9 maintained by Dennerle electronic controller and CO2 diffused into the filter inlet. Occasional fertilisation with Kent products according to plant growth. The plants are trimmed weekly or bi-weekly to maintain a feel of wildness rather than ordered precision.
- Inspired By A Cornish Hedgerow
- 1. Cryptocoryne balansae, 2. Echinodorus Rose, 3. Cryptocoryne x willisii lucens, 4. Cryptocoryne beckettii, 5. Anubias barteri var. nana, 6. Echinodorus uruguayensis, 7. Microsorum pteropus, 8. Versicularia dubyana, 9. Bolbitis heudelotii, 10. Hemianthus micranthemoides, 11. Lilaeopsis brasilensis, 12 Lilaeopsis novae zelandie, 13. Microsorum pteropus Windelov, 14. Bacopa caroliniana, & duckweed.
- Aphyocharax paraguayensis Dawn Tetra was 50 3 years ago now 25, Megalamphodus megalopterus Phantom Tetra x 10, Hyphessobrycon herbertaxelrodi Black Neon x 15, Ottocinclus x 10, Caridina japonica x 25 + various snails.
The Dawn Tetra are surprisingly aggressive and keep the Phantoms and Neons largely in hiding. I am waiting for them to die back before adding a different breed which is why the tank looks quiet on the fish front.
- 3mm Black quartz gravel with local granite rocks.