This tank uses submerged and emergent plants to create a loose biotope habitat for ricefish. Plants used including personal favorite Sphaerocaryum malaccense, Rhynchospora colorata (stargrass), Eriophorum angustifolium (cotton grass), and Eleocharis montevidensis (giant hairgrass). I also used some shrubby accent plants including Oenanthe javanica (water celery), Murdannia sp. ‘red’, and Persicaria (Polygonum) sp. 'Sao Paulo'. In the submerged portion, I used Microsorum pteropus (java fern), Nymphaea nouchali (water lily), Phyllanthus fluitans (red root floater), and Micranthemum tweediei 'Monte Carlo'. Check out "tank overview" entries for more details.
- On: 11:00 AM
- Off: 7:00 PM
- Not used
- Lily Pipe
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11 Months Old
The tank has again reached an overgrown state. This time, the water celery and giant hairgrass are dominant. The monte carlo has taken over the sand f ......
10 months old
At ten months old, the tank has fully recovered from the massive trim and has become overgrown again. The watercelery has largely replaced the sphaero ......
9 months old- growing back
The Monte Carlo in the submerged portion began growing a carpet. The giant hairgrass and water celery began to take off more than in the past . ......
Helped ensure the formation of a compact bush. ......
The water celery in this tank has become very pink. ......
8 months old- Massive trim
After a hard trim, the tank looked like a shell of its former self. Luckily there was now plenty of light penetration for the plants to grow back. ......
Time for a trim
The shading was making it difficult to see the submerged parts of the tank. ......
The RGB LED of this light allowed the plants to vigorously grow. ......
7 months old
At 7 months, the tank became overgrown. The massive bush of plants was starting to die off in the interior portions due to lack of light. I decided it ......
Other than ricefish, the only other inhabitants of the tank are dwarf shrimp, Neocaridina davidi, along with Amano shrimp. I initially started throwin ......
FIve Months Old
To my deep satisfaction, all of my chosen plant species flourished in my setup, and with careful trimming, I soon had a dense, bushlike mat grass and ......
Flowering Rhynchospora colorata (stargrass)
Started flowering after two months. ......
I introduced the ricefish after about a month of cycling. I went ahead and purchased twelve fish, keeping them in a separate, temporary setup until th ......
The plants chosen included a number of semiaquatic grasses, including personal favorite Sphaerocaryum malaccense, Rhynchospora colorata (giant hairgra ......
Three Months Old
To help the plants grow, I injected pressurised carbon dioxide gas by means of a ceramic diffuser, a mini regulator, and a 20oz paintball canister. ......
- Aqua Design Amano - Substrate
- Aqua Soil-Amazonia
- PH : 6.7
- GH : 6
- KH : ~0
- NH3 : 0
- NO3 : 0
- TDS : 109
- Twinstar - 600sp
- Tropica - Fertilizer
- Plant Growth Specialised
- Ehiem - Classic 600
One Week Old
I used a massive external canister filter (Eheim 2217) connected to glass lily pipes. Oversized for the tank, it created sufficient water turnover and ......
Taking advantage of the extra depth in the UNS 60U, I created a buttressing structure of driftwood and moss (Vesicularia montagnei) to hold a steep em ......
- Ultum Nature Systems - 60u