Sunday, May 24, 2015
The biggest problem will be this school of Madagascar Rainbows, Bedotia madagascarencis that were a poor choice for this tank. Their rather large and aggressive and very strong swimmers making them difficult to catch in my heavily planted tank. Maybe I just need to get a bigger net.
Saturday, May 02, 2015
Sunday, March 22, 2015
Sunday, March 08, 2015
|The Madagascar Lace leaf another poor selection for this size|
of an aquarium blooms frequently and produces small plantlets
that I am trying to encourage to take root.
In the Spring the Nymphae or Egyptian Lotus sends out runners.
Saturday, January 24, 2015
I had to purchase new lights for the above set up. I had been using a 6 bulb 4 foot unit for T-5 HO fluorescents that was really great but the ballasts kept burning out and were two expensive to replace to make it very cost effective. I purchased two 3ft two bulb Aquatic Life lights that provide about 8 watts per gallon that I have on for 12 hours a day. These were expensive but hopefully will last longer. The wattage might seem excessive by the standard rule of 2-5 watts per gallon. I use surface floating plants like duckweed, frog bit and water lettuce that I have to thin out which filters the light a bit. My 29 gallon aquarium has 4 24watt bulbs for about 3 watts per gallon and has done well but I think it would do better with a six bulb unit. I planted the 29 gallon with large swords and Egyptian Lotus that dominate the surface and have to be thinned. If I could do it over again I would go with smaller plants for this size of Aquarium.