Planted Southeast Asian community tank
This setup was a planted tank setup using plants and community fish from Southeast Asia - this type of setup is best referred to as a "themed" setup rather than an attempt at a real biotope.
I did a few different versions of this setup, the longest one running for about 4 years.
Apart from the plants, the main decor was bogwood. In the setup above, the background was Cornish slate attached to the back glass.
The substrate was a sand/nutrient substrate mix, topped with a layer of fine quartz lime-free gravel. Filtration was provided by
an external canister filter and an internal power filter. Lighting was provided by 3 x 40W T8 fluorescent tubes, one on for 12 hours,
the other two for 10 hours - to give a less-bright dawn/dusk effect for the first and last hour.
Approx 25% water changes were performed weekly to keep the water quality high.
The fish included four different species of loaches, several barb species, rasboras, gouramies, 'sharks' and siamese algae eaters -
not all at the same time! The plants included Vallisneria, Limnophila, Hygrophila, Cryptocoryne's for the front, and floating Indian Fern.
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