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Description of the aquarium:
Category:
Community tanks
Tank size:
100 x 40 x 50 = 200 liters ~ 52 gallons (us)
Specific features:
My intention in this pool was to create a nice-to-seeing basin, which requires less energy / electricity.
For this purpose, I have chosen plants that do mostly with less light and still growing satisfactorily.
The light unit of Aqua Medic has three separarte connector, two for each of the two T5 tubes and a built-in for the moonlight. In addition, the basin, which is operated without cover actually covered for the night hours with a Plexiglas plate to slightly reduce the evaporation and cooling down.
For the filtering provided in the previous layout JBL Cristal Profi 1500 (Power 35 watts). The filter had a soft Eheim Eco200 the only 5Watt needed despite good properties. At first I was skeptical because exactly at this time began the growth of algae. I increased the plant mass of fast-growing stem plants and decided that it can not lie on the filter :)
The consumption of CO2 was negligible to start and increased with advancing growth of ground cover again slightly.
The algae growth I have met successfully using AlgExit, but especially with the Ramshorn snails used. The Wurzelast on I placed at the onset have eaten blank within the first 4 days.
All plants used get along well with the offered amount of light. Only Bacopa caroliniana cares veralgt and was temporarily relocated to another pool.
The consumption of the entire technology was reduced daily from approx 4-5kWh on ca 1,5kWh.
At the same time the maintenance effort by pruning and planting work has reduced to 1/3 compared to its predecessor.
The only plants that make this "work", are Marsilea and Weeping moss. Both have since the beginning of 2012 at least every 4-6 weeks to be radically thinned. (Much to the delight of some acquaintance who also plant basins :))

The first inhabitants were 4 couples Schmettrerlings cichlids. Each pair had won a corner for themselves and everyone began diligently spawn ..... and then began the Gezoffe.
I then got 2 pairs relocated to another pool and made the other two and was able to use the still relatively small Moenkhausia pittieri.

Earlier this year I have with some other aquarists plants swapped and got to my great joy, Hydrocotyle sp.Japan. In the left part of the basin planted it illuminates the little dark green dominated layout. From an exchange were added some leaves Hydrocotyle verticillata.
In mid-April I had the entire population of Marsilea hirsuta removed, isolated and set new in small bunches. The majority went to barter :) and a little stock is available in a glass bowl a new home, have submerse've emers, as a test of how the then developed. (I'm in a future update of reports with photos)
September
November
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Gartenarbeiten 14.04.12
Dekorationstest
erste Pflanzarbeiten
halb geflutet
geflutet^^
links auf der Wurzel das bißchen Fissidens fontanus
Marsilea hirsuta kam erst 2 Wochen später
Aquarium Darkness
alles wächst
bereits veralgte Wurzeloberfläche
Bewohner, Algen und wuchernde Marsilea
Ende März nach Wasserwechsel, die Algen deutlich auf dem Rückzug
Aquarium decoration:
Gravel:
Black pebbles and stones of ca 35kg Amtra (Rio Negro) in three different sizes
no Nährgrund
Moorkienwurzel of three separate parts connected by means of cable ties
Plants:
Java moss
Java fern Microsorium pteropus and Microsorium pteropus narrow leaf
Weeping Moss
Fissidens fontanus
Flame Moss
Verticillata Hydrocotyle
Hydrocotyle cf. tripartita (H. sp. "Japan")
Marsilea hirsuta
Eleocharis acicularis
Cryptocoryne wendti
as fast-growing plants Ceratophyllum demersum chickweed and some Pistia stratiotes Shell Flower
Hydrocotyle verticillata
Hydrocotyle cf. tripartita
Special features of the facility:
big black river pebbles
Moorkienwurzel of three separate parts connected by means of cable ties
To hide Dracaena -Happy Bamboo or lucky bamboo
the filter inlet, tentatively, to see if the nicth possibly starts to bum.
By now, the three stems already 5 months a pool. Since the pool without cover running can form shoots the Dracaena, sometimes even below the water level
Wurzelspitze
fissidens( von selber hier angesiedelt)
Hauptbusch fissidens fontanus
Blick ins Becken von der linken Seite
auch prima weitergewachsen:-)
Aquarium equipment:
Lighting:
Aqua Medic Ocean Light T5 4x 39 Watt
Illuminated 9 hours a day, of which only 3 hours 39 4x, 2x 39 watts only remaining time
from 22h integrated moonlight in the Ocean Light
Switching times controlled 6-fold over Gembird SIS-PMS.
In the morning of 10 noon 13h, after that break to 16h, burn it in the morning only two of the four tubes. The lunch break will enable me to me to work even a few hours
to enjoy the pool. To 16h wirds always fine and on time, with the publication of the caregiver * g, the other two tubes turn too for about 3 hours.
During this time, the feeding takes place ...
Late at 22h turns, after the expiry of the "sun", the built-in moonlight a.
Filtration:
Eheim eco 200, fitted with foam (coarse and medium) and Phos EX.
The filter inlet is protected with mosquito nets against the suction of shrimps and their offspring.


and JBL Cobra with foam and some cotton as shrimp backup (if necessary)
Other equipment:
CO2 pressure gas system controlled by pH controller, value 6.7
200 watt heater thermostat
Stocking:
9 Moenkhausia pittieri
8 Pristella maxillary
8 Pseudomugil gertrudae
10 Boraras urophthalmoides
ca 20 Crystal Red
20-30 Red Fire
10 Amano shrimp
6 blue Ramshorn snails

The original inhabitants had to make way for their intraspecific disputes a small swarm Moenkhausia pittieri.
Under the tetras used a pristella maxillaris had cheated, who got then donated a couple of fellows in a row :-) The Pseudomugil gertrudae are already longer in my custody, as are the Schwanzfleckbärblinge. It was planned to set up these two new basins, but the work and the time required to limit together with a suitable space, the possibilities.
The two shrimp tribes were not intended in this form so. Actually, the Crystal Red should establish itself here, but with the conversion of moss and other plants I've probably also RedFire shrimp brought in again. As long as I can see that can multiply the former wieter and are repeatedly seen young animals, both of which remain. Otherwise the pelvic Virus will ensure that the Crystal Red can involve still present 50l tank. (Perhaps there is even workplace with approval a suitable space and provides a result for the spread of the virus Beck * g)
Moenkhausia pittieri
Pristella maxillaris
 Boraras urophthalmoides
Pseudomugil gertrudae
balzende Blauaugen
Crystal Red
Red Fire Garnele
Water parameters:
Temp 23 ° C
NO3 20mg / l
NO2 nn
GH 8
KH 7
PO4 2,4mg / l (comes with even greater value from the line)
Fe 0.3 mg / l
pH 6.7 (regulated)
Feeding:
Flakes and sticks of Söll
Frozen foods (mosquito larvae, cyclops, daphnia)
Live food (white mosquito larvae, Grindalwürmer, daphnia)
Spinach, Giersch, cucumber, pepper -überbrüht
Peas, Spirulina and paprika as Sticks frosted (proprietary blend)
from time to time for the spaghetti prawns ^^
Further information:
Fertilized as needed, but at least 2 times per week with Easy Life Profito.
In addition, I admit half the recommended dosage Easy Life Easy Carbo during weekly water changes.
Due to the high phosphate value in the tap water is filtered through PhosEx.
Nevertheless, the phosphate value almost always lies between 1,5-2,0mg / l. Initially formed on the root small clump of algae, it was almost completely covered with it.
After a running time of the basin of 6 months I started with every water change AlgExit also admit of EL. The recommended dosage I've halved and also used 4 Ramshorn snails. Within 8 weeks almost all tufts algae were history and only in some places are still a few green algae to find coverings.
Also at the beginning, after about 4 weeks, formed in Fissidens fontanus filamentous algae. This I removed with a wooden stick with a lot of patience every two days. From the tiny portion of a beautiful moss, the carrier stone of covering bush has now become.