|Photos & Descriptions
February '08 - "Serenity" - Pedro Nuno's 400 L Nature Aquarium. (Portugal)
It's been a while since I featured a Nature Aquarium in the style popularized by Takashi Amano since the early 90's. Besides the aesthetic beauty of this month's tank, it's interesting to note the option for keeping a very low pH (5.5) and a drastic water change routine - 50% every 3 days!
|Owner:||Pedro Nuno, from Portugal.|
|Website:||Aquascaping stop design|
|Volume:|| 400 L (nominal).|
|Filtration:||Eheim 2215 and 2217 Canisters.|
|Lighting:||Ramirezi light strip hung on the ceiling, with 4x80 W T5 (8000K, 6500K, 6500K, 4200K).|
|Substrate:||Tropica AquaCare and akadama special (2 - 3 mm).|
|Decoration:||Driftwood and basalt/shale rocks.|
|Others:||2 kg CO2 cylinder with solenoid valve and Eheim diffuser.|
|Water:||Temp 26°C, pH 5.5.|
|Maintenance:||Water changes of 50% every 3 days.|
|Fauna:||Hemigrammus bleheri and Trigonostigma heteromorpha.
Hemianthus callitrichoides 'Cuba',
Ludwigia repens 'red rubin',
Rotala sp. 'green',
I wanted to give a Portuguese name to this setup, but since it was done with a great deal of calmness and pondering, I decided that the name SERENITY would be a path to success. I had algae in the beginning, but none anymore. Nitrate and Phosphate are always at elevated levels, algae doesn't break out because I have nutrient consumption well compensated, the relationship between micronutrients/macronutrients, light and CO2 is very well balanced. And the 50% water change every 3 days...ehehe, it's like with discus, the plants are thankful.
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A little before and a little after planting
Zoom out showing the tank placement in the room
Photos taken by Pedro Nuno and displayed here with his permission.