#81: 113L Paludarium

Richard Hodson Plymouth, United States


The owner of this eye catching display has obviously put a great deal of thought and effort into the tank. I just wish that they had chosen to somehow disguise the large pot in the bottom of the tank. As it is this is the first element that draws the eye when you see the whole tank.

While the entry does not give us any written information to go on The fish in the tank appears to be an archer fish. If so his dark color leads me to believe that he his feeling stressed possibly either because he is alone or because archers are ordianarily found in brackish water.
— Karen Randall

Aquascape Details

Dimensions 84 × 61 × 91 cm
Volume 113L
Background Black background
Lighting Coralife electronic ballast "Double Wizard". Two T-18 fluorescent bulbs - plant bulbs.
Filtration Fluval 203 for biological and chemical filtration. Custom made inline heater (see plans)
Plants Tropical Water Lily - "Nymphaea panama pacific"
Hanging Plant - "Arina Ficus" or Ficus repens
Animals Archer Fish - Toxotes jaculator. Archer Fish are chiefly brackish water fish, but for the sake of my plants the fish is being kept in fresh water with a high pH.
Materials Play sand substrate. A few rocks. No driftwood. On potted Lily (potted to make re-potting easy). Lily not planted in the aquarium bottom substrate. Hanging ficus - so as to be able to watch the archer fish squirt at its food.
Additional Information The entire aquarium was built from scratch specifically for archer fish. The lily was potted to make it easy to control the roots and to make fertilizing and repotting easy.

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