Photo Caption:not much in the way of ground cover plants as yet and i am still undecided as i have got clown loaches and they spend all day rummaging around in the gravel , I am going to try some pygmy chain sword although i quite like the way the tank looks now
Description: tank is 48" x 12"x12"
lighting flourescent tubes :arcadia original tropical and freshwater tropical
42" tubes at 38 watts using homemade foil reflectors to increase light output.
C02 injection : home made yeast reactor consisting of a 2l plastic bottle which I change weekly ; 2 mugs of sugar and one sachet (6-7g) dried yeast to produce c02
substrate: 50% eco complete and 50% regular aquarium gravel .
fertilisation with tetra plantamin at every water change(weekly)
filtration: old fluval 4 canister filter with co2 fed into the intake
Advice: if your growing plants get lots of fast growing plants in and get some shrimp and algae eating fish such as otocinclus i only kept my lights on for 8 hours till tank was established this should help to keep algae at bay co2 injection also gets rid of some types of algae . dont be put off at the first set back I have had a few of them and will probably have some more in the future. go online check out the forums , join a club read books all this will help you through some of the setbacks and hopefully stop you making them in the first place PREVENTION IS BETTER THAN CURE.
Fish Kept: 4 clown loaches , 2 marbled hatchet fish 2 silver hatchet fish , 1 male siamese fighter 2 females, 2 congo tetras, 3 dwarf neon rainbow fish, 4 guppies (assorted) , 8 amano shrimp ,1 kuhli loach and 2 hyper active golden rosie barbs(they are mental )
Corals/Plants: barclaya longifolia , anubias nana , anubias barterii,
amazon sword , bacopa , green millfoil , wheat plant, red tiger lotus (leaves are still small only about 2" early days yet) and water stargrass .