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Tank 10: 45 gal Polypterus

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This tank houses Polypterus polli (also known as Polypterus palmas polli).

Tank Size 48x18x15" / 122x46x38cm (LxWxH)
Volume Nominal: 41 imp gallons/50 US gallons/190 litres
Actual: 32 imp gallons/38 US gallons/144 litres.
Filtration Fluval 304 canister (broken pump) run by Rio1100 powerhead.
Heating Heated room
Lighting Low - fluorescent room lighting only.
Substrate Thin layer of aquarium sand.
Decor Bogwood, plants.
Background 3-D effect artificial background
Water parameters Temp=26oC ; pH=6.8-7.2 ; GH=4 ; KH=3
25% water change every week.
Fish stock 5 Polypterus polli, Marbled bichirs (approx 8")

This tank houses a group of just one species of bichir, and is wider (front-to-back) than it is high - like several of my tanks. This is because the floor space area is more important and useful to bottom dwellers like Polypterus, catfish, etc.
This tank has a Fluval 304 filter on which the pump failed, so now I make use of the canister by forcing water through it with a powerhead in the tank. The powerhead has a prefilter cartridge, so the canister hardly ever needs opening to clean.


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Tank 5
(Wolf Cichlid)
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