Tank 15: 35 gal African tank
This tank houses a number of African fish.
|Tank Size (LxWxH) ||48x15x13" (122x37.5x32.5cm)|
|Volume ||Nominal: Nominal: 35 imp gallons/42 US gallons/158 litres|
|Filtration ||Built-in internal filter box, powered by Rio 800 powerhead.
There are twin pre-filtration sponges, and the main biomedia is highly porous Alfagrog rock.|
|Heating ||Heated room, with 100W back-up heater in first chamber of filter compartment.|
|Lighting ||Medium - 1 x 38W/42" fluorescent tube.|
|Substrate ||Thin layer of aquarium sand.|
|Decor ||Bogwood, live plants.|
|Background ||3-D effect artificial background.|
|Water parameters ||Temp=26oC ; pH=7.0-7.2 ; GH=4 ; KH=3|
30% water change every week.
5 Polypterus buettikoferi (approx 4"), will soon be moved to their own tank.
4 Ropefish / Reedfish (Erpetoichthys calabaricus)
Synodontis flavitaeniatus (Pyjama syno)
Pelvicachromis taeniatus Makoure (male)
Bristlenose catfish (Ancistrus sp.) - not African but a great algae cleaner!
|Ropefish||Pelvicachromis taeniatus Makoure, male|
This is one of six tanks that I have with built-in internal filtration units. I specified the design for these and had them built into the tank
at the time of manufacture. They are efficient and very low maintenance. They are also separated from the main tank, so young fish cannot
get into the filter compartment, and there is space to put a heater in the initial filter chamber too.
The only cable going into the tank enters the built-in filter compartment, so the sliding cover glasses on the main part of the tank do
not require any gaps in them - to ensure the Ropefish cannot escape the tank, as they are renowned escape artists!
The tank itself is wider (front-to-back), than it is high - perfect for raising the bottom dwelling Ropefish that need plenty of floor space,
but need to be able to reach the surface easily to gulp air.
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