01/01/15

TotM January 2015



This month's Tank of the Month belongs to Trevor Smith!

Inhabitants:
  • * 6x Wild caught Pterophyllum cf. scalare "Peru Altum" Angelfish
  • * 3x Koi Veiltail Angelfish
  • * 4x Siamese algae eater (sae)
  • * 4x Albino Cory
  • * 4x Bristlenose Catfish
  • * 100 or so Neon / Glowlight tetras
  • * Cherry shrimp
  • * Malaysian Trumpet Snails

How big is your tank?
Oceanson curved front 700L tank, L:180cm W:75cm H:82cm

What equipment are you using (filtration, lighting, heater, CO2 gear etc)?
4x 24W & 4x39W T5 HO, Fluval Life spectrum 6700 Kelvin, 200L sump filtration with Sicce Syncra Silent 3.5 pump, AquaOne inline UV steriliser, 2x 300W EHEIM heaters, one in the tank and the other in the sump, KegKing 2.6kg Cylinder of Co2, Co2 Atomiser on the filter return.

What aquascaping have you done (gravel, plants, corals, etc)?
Substrate - Brown Clay topped with Yi Ding Aquasoil, with a 5cm layer of Fine Black/Brown Gravel on top. Foreground - Pearl weed trimmed to form a ground cover, small driftwood with Nana Anubias. Mid ground - Amazon swords, Cryptocoryne, two medium size driftwood covered with Anubias. Background - Hygrophilia corymbosa, Pogostemon stellatus, Ambulia and Jungle Val, large driftwood covered with Anubias.

How much time do you spend maintaining your tank per week?
I do a 30% weekly water change and Dacron Pad change which takes me over an hour. Every second week I spend an additional hour maintaining the aquascape.

What do you feed the inhabitants of your tank?
I generally feed by fish two times a day, and i like to vary their diet which includes, chopped up peas and raw garlic, frozen blood worms, frozen Discus food and New Life Spectrum sinking pellets.

Tell us some interesting/unique about your tank?
I have had many trial and errors with my ground cover due to the depth of the tank. To increase my lighting I sprayed the inside of my tanks cover high gloss white. Once I did this I was able to grow the pearl weed horizontally as a ground cover. My Fish tank also makes the best babysitter for my 9 month old daughter. She can spend up to an hour a day staring at my fish, (much better than watching the TV).

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If you'd like to be our next Tank of the Month winner, please email photos or youtube videos with a brief description of your tank, and the species being kept to online@coburgaquarium.com.au. The winner receives a $50 gift voucher that can be spent in-store or on-line. Good luck!