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May '04 - Herman Briké's 600 Liter Dutch Aquarium. (Belgium)

If you're like me and own a densely planted but 'normal size' tank, then you can imagine the work involved in maintaining a tank like this with such healthy growing plants and such a neat aquascape. Bravo Herman!

Owner:Herman Briké (Belgium).
Setup:August 2003.
Dimensions:200x50x60 cm.
Volume: 600 liters (nominal), ~400 liters (effective).
Filtration:Eheim 1060 (2280 L/h).
Lighting:5x58 W fluorescent: 3 GE TL 830 + 2 GE TL 840 + reflector.
Substrate:2-3 mm gravel.
Others:Complete Dupla Alpha CO2 system with electronic pH control; Home-made fertilizer recipe (6 ml/day).
Water:Temp. 29°C; pH 6.74; KH 4; GH 5; NO3 10 ppm, NO2 0, PO4 0, Fe 0.1 ppm.
Fauna:10 Melanotaenia boesemani, 1 Labeo bicolor, 6 Discus Turquoise (these are handfed!), 3 Hemigrammus bleheri, 6 Crossocheilus siamensis, 1 Ancistrus sp., 6 Corydoras aeneus (albino), 10 Paracheirodon axelrodi, 3 Hyphessobrycon herbertaxelrodi, 1 Pterophyllum scalare.
Flora:Anubias var. nana, Nymphaea lotus 'red', Hygrophila polysperma, Hygrophila corymbosa "Siamensis 53b", Ludwigia repens, Echinodorus 'Ozelot', Ammannia gracilis, Bacopa caroliniana, Cryptocoryne undulata, Anubias barteri, Aponogeton crispus.
Comments:The whole idea about my aquarium is to create the best environment as possible for the plants. I believe that when the plants are doing well, the fish are also doing well. Since the environment is pretty okay, I have to prune every other day! I'm also planning to keep only Discus and some Corydoras in the future and this is the main reason for the lower amount of Hemigrammus, Hyphessobrycon, Angelfish. When I first started this setup I added 6 Crossocheilus siamensis (the only real algae-eater) in case any algae bloom would occur, but till now these fish haven't had much of a job.

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Zoom out view: beautiful on the outside as well!

Photos taken by Herman Briké and displayed here with his permission.
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