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July '09

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July '09 - Derek Painter's 470 L Planted Aquarium. (USA)

This month we celebrate young talent - 18 year old American hobbyist Derek Painter has owned aquariums since he was 10 and set up this beautiful planted tank in his room in 2007, when he was only 16. Well done, kid! ;-)

Owner:Derek Painter, 18, from Texas (USA), 8 years of fishkeeping.
Setup:February 2007.
Dimensions:183x46x56 cm.
Volume: 470 L (nominal), 400 L (effective).
Filtration:2x Eheim 2215 canister filters.
Lighting:6x96 W Coralife 12000K daylight bulbs.
Heating:2x300 W Visi-Therm Stealth heaters.
Substrate:8 cm of Caribsea Eco-Complete.
Decoration:None, it is all plants.
Others:Timer that keeps lights on 12 hours a day, pressurized CO2 system set at 2 bps.
Water:Temp 29C, pH 6.8.
Maintenance:30% water change once or twice a week.
Fauna:2 Peruvian scalare angels, 9 boesemani rainbows, 6 SAE, 50 cardinals, 6 rummynose tetras, 6 otos, 5 female bettas, 2 albino cories, 6 bronze cories, 4 schwartz cories, 3 peppered cories, 3 bristlenose plecos, some cherry shrimp, Amano shrimp, a nerite snail and lots of Malaysian trumpet snails.
Flora:Blyxa japonica, Blyxa auberti, willow leaf hygro, giant hygro, Rotala indica, Rotala macrandra, Alteranthera reinecki, Pogostemon stellatus, Ludwigia repens, Ludwigia inclinata var. verticillata "Cuba", Ammannia gracilis, Tonina sp. 'Belem', Didiplis diandra, Limnophila aromatica, Polygonum hydropiperoides, Elatine tiandra, wisteria, Bacopa sp., stargrass, dwarf saggitaria, glosso.
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This is not my first planted tank, but it is my first high tech planted aquarium. It originally started with just low light plants such as water sprite, Java fern, and Java moss. Over time, it has grown into a beauty that sits in my room as a show aquarium. The funny thing about my aquarium is that not many people expect me to be so into and know as much as I do about the hobby. When I, being an 18 year old, tell someone that I have a 125 G planted tank, not one person I have told has expected to see what they saw when they step into my room.

My favorite fish in the aquarium is a tie between my boesemani rainbows and my wild Peruvian angels. Both species have such personality to them. I enjoy watching the boesemanis flaring up at each other and spreading their fins as they dart across the aquarium. The Peruvians, on the other hand, have such flowing fins, and I believe they are the most beautiful angel, after the altum of course.

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

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Photos taken by Derek Painter and displayed here with his permission.

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