Sunday, May 12, 2013
Sunday, May 05, 2013
Saturday, May 04, 2013
With the Algae issues with the new Aquarium. I've been breaking some of my rules about when I'd start introducing animals but I have to get something in there to control. I've gone with these Nerite snails from Indonesia that cannot reproduce in freshwater so they won't take over the tank. Have also got Amano Shrimp and two species of Algae eating fish.
Sunday, April 28, 2013
Sunday, April 21, 2013
Riccia under a microscope
I am enjoying the creation of this new Aquarium and photographing the progress. Yesterday I used a microscope to check out the many life forms in the Aquarium that can't be seen. No fish yet but many plants and teeming with microbial life. Hopefully this will be the foundation of a well balanced Aquarium.
Saturday, April 20, 2013
Sunday, April 14, 2013
I haven't had an Aquarium for long enough that I must have forgotten the amount of trouble it can be so I started longing for one again. I found a book on The Nature Aquarium by Takashi Amano and began checking out web sites on an aquarium that contains more plants then fish. The Planted Tank requires better lighting and CO2 infusion. I started looking for a used Aquarium on Craigslist and found a bare 29 gallon tank. I decided to also get an Aquarium cabinet where I could hide the filter and CO2 tank the tank also had a black painted back glass to further hide the cords and tubes. I found a used 4 bulb HO bulb reflector and went with an external canister filter. I bought a CO2 regulator with a solenoid shutoff that I can attach to a timer so it will only be on when the lights are on.
CO2 has to be regulated because too much will kill the fish so I bought a drop-check indicator to help monitor the amount of CO2 in the Aquarium. This two bulb glass indicator has a reference solution that is green showing the proper color for the correct amount of CO2. The solution in the top bulb changes color when exposed to different levels of dissolved CO2 in the water. Blue for too little Yellow for two much and Green for just right.
Above the Power Sand is a layer of Amazon Aqua Soil a clay based soil that is like the natural bottom of a lake or river where Aquatic Plants would naturally take root. On top of that I put a layer of Aquarium Gravel to contain the planting medium.
The Wet Spot. This is an amazing place with a huge variety of animals, plants, and equipment for the freshwater gardener.
Detailed close up of the substrate, lower level Power Sand, mid level Amazon Aqua Soil and Aquarium Gravel. I'll continue to post pictures of my latest project as it literally Evolves.