#695: 1700L Biotope Aquascape White sea. Sublittoral algal society in Chupa Bay (Karelia, Northern Russia)

Rudskiy Ivan Saint-Petersburg, Russian Federation

Aquascape Details

Dimensions 200 × 90 × 90 cm
Title White sea. Sublittoral algal society in Chupa Bay (Karelia, Northern Russia)
Volume 1700L
Background Mirror on the backgrond
Lighting Linear LED lights Azur 2.3 (3) and Azur 1.3 (2) (Laboratory of Scientific Projects, Russia), which recreate the spectrum of the full visible sunlight. Each lamp is about 32 W.
Filtration Circulation and filtration : pump 2000 l/h (2), biofilters Eheim 2260 (1) and JBL 1501, additional aeration.
Water cooling : water chiller Hailea hc 2000 (1) working on 11 grad. of Celsium.
Water origin and regeneration : artificial seawater with constant ionic composition maintained by regular addition of own innovative solutions of micro and macro elements.
Plants Saccharina latissima, Laminaria digitata, Palmaria pamata, Chorda filum, Ahnfeltia plicata, Lithothamnion sp., Ascophyllum nodosum, Fucus vesiculosus
Animals Fishes : Gadus morhua (8), Cyclopterus lumpus (2), Pleuronectes platessa (3).
Starfishes : Asterias rubens (7)
Molluscs : Modiolus modiolus (12), Littorina littorea (>10)
Materials Granite sand on the bottom, decorated by rounded granite boulders of different size.
Algae were placed naturally attached with their own stones or manually fixed in sand and between boulders by their rhizoids.
Additional Information This aquascape was inspired by beauty of the sea forest which can be found in cold water seas around the World. Long-term keeping of sea macrophytes in aquarium had been being a problem for a long time. Many brown algae such as sugar kelp were considered impossible for the sustainable aquarium culture. This aquarium was set up for a temporary public exposition, however it recreates an analogous aquarium which is installed, exposed and maintained for more than 8 months.

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