#183: 208L Aquatic Garden: Nothing special
Stephane Jousset, Indianapolis Indiana USA | E-mail: sjousset at hotmail.com
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An attractive, healthy community-type tank. You can improve the look easily without making it harder to maintain. The Rotala needs to be replanted to get rid of the stemmy look lower down, then trimmed to encourage it to grow bushier. Find some nice rock or wood to hide all the Anubias roots at the front. Increase your stand of Myriophyllum until it is full enough to balance the plants on the other end, ar replace it with a plant that grows better in your conditions. Then clean the back glass, and you'll have a really eye-catching tank!

Karen Randall

Aquascape Details

Tank Size
122 x 30 x 51 cm (48 x 12 x 20 in)
208L (55 gallons)
Black paper.
230W total, 12 hours a day. 130W provided by two 65W 6,500K compact fluorescent bulbs. 100W provided by two 25W 4,100K fluorescent bulbs in Over-Driven Normal Output (ODNO) mode (assumes normal output is doubled).
Canister filter (Fluval 303). Filtration media: 3 layers including 2 layers of ceramic rings pre- and post-foam filtration material.
Additional Information
Fertilization using Estimative Index method: 1/6 teaspoon potassium nitrate and 1/8 teaspoon Plantex CSM + Boron every other day; 1/8 teaspoon monopotassium phosphate and 1/4 teaspoon potassium sulfate every other other day; one day of rest a week. CO2 injection: approx. 2 to 3 bubbles per second during light hours only. Water Change: 50% to 60% once a week. One internal recirculation powerhead opposite of filter intake. Tap water only. Water quality: not monitored, but water is hard to very hard, CO2 depresses pH to approx. 6.0 to 6.5.
Nothing special
Hygrophila polysperma Hygrophila difformis Rotala rotundifolia Anubias barteri Aponogeton capuronii Myriophilum simulans One unknown Various Cryptocorynes Many, many different algae
2 diamond tetras 1 catfish 7 kribs
Substrate: Flourite and matured potting soil. This used to be layered but is not anymore (I do not recommend this approach). Two pieces of driftwood.