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December '06

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December '06 - Filipe Oliveira Special!

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840 L Aquascape - Blessed May 13th

Setup:May 2006.
Dimensions:200x60x70 cm.
Volume: 840 L (nominal).
Filtration:DIY Sump.
Lighting:3x150 W HQI (8 h/day) + 2 Actinics (Moonlight 2 h/day).
Substrate:Elos Terra medium and small.
CO2:CO2 pressurized 2kg, bubble counter (2 b/s), CO2 indicator and REA-50 by ELOS.
Flora:Eleocharis sp., Rotala rotundifolia, Rotala rotundifolia 'green', Rotala wallichii, Ludwigia arcuata, Juncus repens, Hemianthus callitrichoides 'Cuba', Blyxa japonica, Cryptocoryne parva, Vesicularia dubyana, Micranthemum umbrosum.
Fauna: Paracheirodon axelrodi, Hemigrammus rhodostomus, Trigonostigma heteromorpha, Crossocheilus siamensis, Otocinclus sp..

This planted tank was created on May 13th, and as such I decided I should baptize it as "Blessed May 13th". I'm a non-practicing catholic, but I believe faith is something that moves us and thus the name. Setting up this tank was a great challenge and responsibility for me for several reasons: the tank isn't mine, someone else invested in the materials, plants, acessories...and finally the tank itself is "only" 200x60x70 cm = 840 L...not any ordinary aquarium! To give you an idea, I was standing for 5 hours on top of a small ladder, curved down in order to place the hardscape and plants. It was pretty exausting, but in the end the pleasure of seeing the final result makes all efforts well worth it.


If you'd like to submit an aquarium for Tank of the Month, just contact me.

Photos copyright © Filipe Oliveira and displayed here with his permission.
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