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March '07

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March '07 - Martina Cizkova's 150 L Asian Biotope Aquarium. (Czech Republic)

Owner:Martina Cizkova, from Brno (Czech Republic), 2 years of fishkeeping.
Setup:May 2006.
Dimensions:110x35x40 cm.
Volume: 154 L (nominal).
Filtration:Fluval 103 Canister.
Lighting:Very poor at the time of these photos - one spotlight with bulb and one desktop lamp with short fluorescent tube.
Substrate: River gravel (1 cm diameter) + sand from sandpit (3 mm diameter).
Heating: 100 W.
Decoration:Smooth river rocks and hard branches from a local forest (home boiled in salt water).
Water:Temp 24C, pH 7.5, hardness 17dH (from Brno duct, very hard and high pH), NO3: 35 ppm.
Maintenance:Water changes 25% every 14-20 days, filter cleaning every 2 months.
Fauna:4x Botia morleti, 1x Gyrinocheilus aymonieri, 12x Rasbora heteromorpha, 2x Macropodus opercularis, 12x Barbus tetrazona, 5x Barbus odessa.
Flora:Vallisneria gigantea, Cryptocoryne affinis, Cryptocoryne balansae, Cryptocoryne aponogetifolia, Vesicularia dubyana, Microsorum pteropus.

Hi! Message from Czech Republic:) I have been an aquarist for 2 years. Initially I found information about my hobby in books, then in Czech web pages, and later I found your nice pages. Thanks for your website! This is my second aquarium (150 L, 110x35x40 cm) and I tried to create something like a biotope. I must say that it is hard work, but I didn't know that in the beginning. Now, after a lot of effort searching for information about biotopes, I have set up a geographic aquarium with plants and fishes only from Southeast Asia (many people call it Asian biotope). I found my beautiful piece of driftwood in a nearby forest. I often use few beach leaves collected in autumn. They are dry, and for usage I boil them shortly. The colors look lovely and natural for me, and they don't cause problems. Nevertheless, I must exchange them every month, when they begin to break. Thanks for your time for bearing with my average English language skills :)

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 Close up on the left half

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Close up on the right half 

Photos taken by Martin Cizkova and displayed here with her permission.

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