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Description of the aquarium:
Category:
West / Central Africa
Tank size:
123x87x64,5 = 350 Liter = 350 liters ~ 92 gallons (us)
Specific features:
The basin

Is a gem of Trigon (3eckig)
10mm glass Stossverklebt with safety seam
Cabinet and cover in dark brown
>Silence of Westafrica<
Impressionen des neu gestaltetem Aquariums !
Westafrika Beckenbeispiel / Waldbach frontale Ansicht
Die Fotografie zeigt Einblicke ins Aquarium von rechts nach links aufgenommen
Das Becken im neuem Look
Impressionen eines West/Zentralafrika Biotops
Fotografie des Beckens schräg nach rechts aufgenommen.
Fotografie von vorne gegen die Wasseroberfläche aufgenommen
Fotografie von oben nach unten frontal ins Becken rein.
Blick der rechten Beckenseite,mit der neu gestalteten Rückwand
Aufnahme des Aquariums !!!
Die Idee der neuen Gestaltung eines Westafrika Biotops.
Afrikanisches Steppengras nebst Schneck druff*lach*
Blätter in der Tiefe
Sonnenuntergang kurz vor der  Mondlichtphase
Aquarium decoration:
Gravel:
Selected ground

Beige, very fine sand, 25 Kg
The grit is ca.0,1-0,8 mm thick
Plants:
Only African Plants

4 Crinum Natanz:
Distribution: West Africa

3 Anubias barterii:
Occurrence: Cameroon
Blick ins Becken mit Kongosalmlern
Fotografie in einer Hochkant Perspektive zeigt sehr schön die linke Beckenseite.
Die Mitte des Aquariums,im Hintergrund Crinum Natans die in der Strömung liegen
Simulierte Uferböschung rechte Seite mit Anubias und Wurzeln
Hier ein Blick auf die simulierte Uferböschung der linken Beckenseite,zwischen den Steinen wurde Wurzeln
Crinum Natans die wunderbar in der Strömung liegen.
Blick auf die neu gestaltete Rückwand !
Kongosalmler streifen durch das Becken
Schwummerige Beleuchtung simuliert ein Blätterdach wie es auch in der Natur so vorkommen kann !
>Silence of Westafrica< Fotografie Hochkant !
Rückwand diesmal komplett als Unterwasserböschung gestaltet,Bereich Ufernah
Eindrücke in einer Hochkant Perspektive
Special features of the facility:
Bog-wood
Mopanis
Rotholzwurzeln

Almond leaves
African prairie grass
(Gift from AFRICAN GURU)

Lavasteine
Pflanzen wie Crinum Natans und Anubias Barterii dazu auch Algen, die dem ganzem eine noch natürlichere
Die Idee eine Mischung von Stein und Wurzel, die eine Art Symbiose gemeinsam aufzeigen.
Die Wurzeln sollten von hinten oben, nach vorne unten reinragen und somit eine Ufernahe Region simulieren.
Nur rein afrikanische Pflanzen wie Anubias zur Dekoration verwendet.
Anubias die, die rechte Beckenseite abschliessen!
Fließend war die Idee hinter der Gestaltung des Beckens !
Das Becken,der Schwerpunkt wenige Pflanzen die auch in solch einem Biotop vorkommen,dazu viel Wurzeln
Natürliche Elemente der Gestaltung im Aquarium!
Der vordere Bereich wurde freizügig angelegt und schliesst das Becken ab.
Die Natürlichkeit des Bodengrundes war mir sehr wichtig.
 Mandelbaumblatt als Dekoration im Becken
Gestaltung der neuen Rückwände mit Gestein welches eine abfallende Böschung ins Wasser zeigt.
Hier Bild 2 dazu !
Aquarium equipment:
Lighting:
Standard bars of jewel T5 tubes
The front bar is equipped with a respective tube Nature and Daylight respectively 45 watts

Length of the tubes 895 mm

The rear bar is also a Nature and a Daylight tube fitted each 24 Watt

Length of the tubes 438 mm

LIGHTING TIME:
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The main illumination period starts at 14:00 and ends at 01:00 clock clock .... !!!!


Rising Sun (sunrise and sunset simulation and moonlight in green)

Sunrise:
13:00 clock - 14:00 clock

Sunshine:
14:00 clock - 01:00 clock

Sunset:
01:00 clock - 02:00 clock

Moonlight:

02:00 clock - 13:00 clock

Shift During Central European Summer Time the indicated times by one hour ... !!!

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Filtration:
JBL Cristal Profi E1500

Technical specifications:
max.Pumpenleistung (L / H) 1500 L
For pools up to 600 L
L / B / H 200x235x460 mm
Filter container 12 L
Voltage / Frequency (Hz) 230/50
Power consumption 35 watts


Filter Media

Foam filter cartridges suitable for JBL E 1500 filters and
Ceramic large filter medium

as well as

Tetra ToruMin

It is composed of natural tannins, organic active ingredients and humic acids from peat together.
The liquid peat converts the normally crystal clear water into a brownish tropical waters.

Dosage

At the beginning of 5 ml per 10 liters of aquarium water,
then every 2 weeks regularly 2.5ml to 10 liters of aquarium water.
Other equipment:
Automatic heater Jäger 250W

Tunze 6045
Flow pump with a flow capacity of 4000 liters per hour upheaval
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Stocking:
1/1 PURPLE SPLENDOUR cichlid (Pelvicachromis pulcher)

8 AFRICAN SCHWALBENSCHWANZ GLASS CATFISH (Pareutropius buffei)

1/1 synodontis nigriventris (Synodontis nigriventris)

10 BLUE Congo Tetra
Afrikanischer Schwalbenschwanz
Reine Afrikaner hier Kongosalmler im Becken
Kongosalmler Bilder und Eindrücke
Blauer Kongosalmer
Blauer Kongosalmer
Blauer Kongosalmer
Blauer Kongosalmler
Water parameters:
The water values ​​are measured weekly with test strips from JBL:

PH - 6.9
GH - 11
KH - 9
NH3 - 0.00 mg / l
NH4 - 12:00 mg / l

NITRITE - Undetectable
NITRATE - 15 mg / l

Water change weekly 50%


Temperature 25.5 degrees
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Feeding:
Foods:
Tetra Min - Flakes
Tetra PlecoMin - Forage tablets

Frozen Food:

Artemia, krill, mosquito larvae White / Black mosquito larvae,
Mysis

Feeding times:
5 days per week, with no two days in a row not fed ....
Fish in the wild and found not to eat something every day ... !!!
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Further information:
Habitats of western Afrika`s

Geography

Primarily, the states are meant which are Sub-Saharan - ranging from Senegal, next to Nigeria, the Central African Anreinerstaaten of Cameroon to the catchment area of ​​the Congo River, the guests with its underwater aquarium owners for generations.
, Commonly all States should be counted in any case all States that are still on the coast, the west lie of Chad. Last but not least, the Republic of Congo to the west of the famous Lake Tanganyika added! On the contrary to the great lakes of East Africa, which of course are incurred, there are in western Africa rarely such.

Most species in this part of Africa are found in rivers and streams. Mostly own small to medium sized rivers and streams in the forest areas greater species abundance - and this not only in cichlids.

Large rivers like the Congo or Volta are mostly not for the abundance of species and habitats of perch known as not the waters of the steppes and savannas. In general, most types focus on the Central African regions as well as the collection of the Congo. North of it decreases the number of species and the south, from about the so-called collection of Cunence Rivers (Angola), the species abundance is low.

Really big lakes - if any - have been mostly artificially created (eg, the Lake Volta.). There are several smaller natural lakes, which have a certain meaning (Lac May in the Republic of Congo or the crater lakes in Cameroon). Especially these smaller lakes have been intensively researched and examined.

Water

The majority of West and Central African waters, from where come the most important for hunting and also known species leads, clearly very soft water.
Conductivities than 200 s / cm or 7 to 8 dGH are extremely rare, being most frequently values ​​between 50 and 100 .mu.s encountered. Only in very few exceptions, hard water is found. An example: The surrounding area of ​​the small Lake Bosumtwe in Ghana !! But Such a saline water is really the exception and should also be considered that way.

The biggest parts of the cichlid species that are known, at least from the literature are probably to be found in the areas of river systems near the coast to about 400 km inland.
The climate and the related circumstances are thus understandably different.

Rainfall

The northern side of the equator, from Senegal to northern Cameroon'm out, is characterized by about November to March dry period.
The further you go north, the drier the air. The south (from the southern part of Cameroon), this drying time is shorter and less pronounced. The same is true for the equatorial region and immediately south of the Equator.

From Sierra Leone to Senegal to recognize the impact of these severe drought in that very many rivers and streams in these months extremely strong to lose water and shrink by volume. Mostly dry this even under extreme conditions completely out, the more this is true in the savannahs and steppes to. That's one of the reasons why the biodiversity of the perch there is particularly limited (just also very different than in forest areas where dehydration occurs not as extreme).

It's actually quite logical that there, the closer you get to the equator, are also more rainfall per year, and then also arise even in smaller streams year-round water channels. Added to that comes here also increase the African forests, which is reflected as succinctly in species richness.

Temperatures

Another aspect are the temperatures of the water: Notable differences between the northern and equatorial region are here obese because be in the north, average temperatures from 25 degrees upward while even temperatures of 34 degrees in Senegal and Sierra Leone in Savannah rivers are not uncommon. But here are partly under these conditions Chichlidae encountered.
Most values ​​near the equator are between 19-24 degrees, so [...]