#42: 284L Biotope Aquascape: Heart of Darkness
Travis Evans Wilt, Canadensis PA USA
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Aquascape Details

Tank Size
122 x 46 x 51 cm (48 x 18 x 20 in)
284L (75 gallons)
self-adhesive black background
four 48 inch 6500K T12s
Fluval 404 with their surface skimmer intake attachment
Additional Information
This entry is a Congo River biotope tank. In creating it, I had to modify the output end of the filter by attaching it to a pipe drilled full of holes in order to more evenly disperse the water flow. Otherwise, I was blowing peat moss around in the tank. Also, I have found that some of my fish became far less shy and more active in the aquarium when lots of hiding places and the peat substrate were added. I do not fertilize nor add CO2 to the tank. I do a 20 gallon water change once a week, and I have to add baking soda to the new water in order to keep the pH up at 6.0.
Heart of Darkness
Anubias barteri v. Nana, Anubias barteri v. angustifolia, Bolbitus heudelotii
6 Phenacogrammus interruptus (Congo Tetras), 2 Ctenopoma acutirostre (Spotted Bushfish), 1 Xenomystus nigri (African Knifefish), 1 Pantodon buchholzi (African Butterfly Fish), 1 Synodontis brichardi (Brichardi Catfish)
I used lots of driftwood for decoration and pure peat moss for the substrate.