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January '09

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January '09 - Pedro Nuno's Dutch and Nature Aquariums

This month we feature two planted aquariums with very different aquascaping styles, created one after the other by Portuguese aquarist Pedro Nuno. It's a good way to compare how minor changes in planning and execution can lead to results that are very different, but equally attractive!

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Pedro Nuno's 630 L Dutch Aquarium. (Portugal)

Setup: January 2006
Tank size: 150 x 70 x 60 cm (630 L)
Filtration: Eheim 2215 and 2217 with sponges, ceramics and wool.
Lighting: Liftech light strip with 220 W of compact fluorescents + strip with 2x40 W T8
CO2 system: 2 kg cylinder with solenoid valve and Eheim diffusor
Water: pH 6.8; KH 6; GH 8
Maintenance: Every day 5 ml of iron and 5 ml of potassium, Mondays and Wednesdays I add 5 ml of Tropica Master Grow, Fridays I do 30% water changes and add 10 ml of micronutrients (home recipe), 5 ml iron, 5 ml potassium, 15 ml TMG and check the macronutrient levels.
Flora: Myriophyllum tuberculatum 'Red', Riccia fluitans, Heteranthera zosterifolia, Java moss, Ludwigia arcuata, Ludwigia glandulosa, Ludwigia repens, Blyxa japonica, Cladophora aegagropila, Cryptocoryne x willisii 'lucens', Didiplis diandra, Eusteralis stellata, Rotala sp. 'green', Rotala rotundifolia, Rotala sp. 'Nanjenshan', Mayaca sellowiana, Rotala wallichii, Cabomba aquatica, Lysimachia nummularia 'Aurea', Alternanthera reineckii 'roseafolia'

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Wide view showing the aquarium placement in the room

After almost 2 years, the beautiful Dutch tank above was deactivated and replaced by the nature aquarium below, 25 cm shorter and more adequate for aquascaping with carpet plants:

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Serenity - Pedro Nuno's 405 L Nature Aquarium. (Portugal)

Setup: September 2007
Tank size: 150 x 45 x 60 cm (405 L)
Substrate: Tropica and Akadama Special (2 to 3 mm)
Filtration: Eheim 2215 and 2217
Lighting: 4x80 W T5 (8000K, 6500K, 6500K, 4200K)
CO2 system: 2 kg cylinder with solenoid valve and Eheim diffusor
Flora: Hemianthus callitrichoides 'Cuba', Hemianthus micranthemoides, Heteranthera Zosterofolia, Ludwigia repens 'red rubin', Christmas moss, Blyxa japonica, Pogostemon helferi, Rotala indica, Rotala rotundifolia, Rotala sp. 'green', Ludwigia arcuata, Anubias nana
Fauna: Rummynose Tetras, Harlequin Rasboras

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Wide view showing the aquarium placement in the room

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View of the hardscape, before planting

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

Photos taken by Pedro Nuno and displayed here with his permission.

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