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*29.11.2013*
Description of the aquarium:
Category:
West / Central Africa
Tank size:
120x50x50 = 300 liters ~ 79 gallons (us)
Specific features:
Actually, there are no special features. After small break Ik expectant my old basin where previously were the Malawi at home, newly set up. Let's see if I succeed. Even before nem year hats gekrippelt in my fingers NEM Congo Basin :)

The cabinet was built themselves. Left and right, two Y-Ton Steine, which were bricked. Then there is a steel frame made of L-shaped profile, which was covered with OSB boards. In the center there is also made of OSB cover for Technik.Die cover of Bioplast (color: Maple)
*29.11.2013*
erste Eindrücke vom frischen Becken *24.03.2013*
erste Eindrücke vom frischen Becken *24.03.2013*
erste Eindrücke vom frischen Becken *24.03.2013*
erste Eindrücke vom frischen Becken (Seitenansicht) *24.03.2013*
erste Eindrücke vom frischen Becken *24.03.2013*
erste Eindrücke vom neu entstehenden Kongo-Becken *26.03.2013*
neue Eindrücke, schon mit etwas `Farbe` auf den Steinen *05.04.2013*
Seitenansicht *05.04.2013*
meine Pflänzl sind eingezogen - linker Beckenbereich *12.04.2013*
meine Pflänzl sind eingezogen - linker Beckenbereich *12.04.2013*
meine Pflänzl sind eingezogen *12.04.2013*
meine Pflänzl sind eingezogen *12.04.2013*
meine Pflänzl sind eingezogen - linker Beckenbereich *12.04.2013*
meine Pflänzl sind eingezogen - rechter Beckenbereich *12.04.2013*
meine Pflänzl sind eingezogen - rechter Beckenbereich *12.04.2013*
meine Pflänzl sind eingezogen - von links `fotofiert` *12.04.2013*
jetzt mit mehr Blättern und Ästen *27.04.2013*
jetzt mit mehr Blättern und Ästen *27.04.2013*
jetzt mit mehr Blättern und Ästen *27.04.2013*
jetzt mit mehr Blättern und Ästen *27.04.2013*
jetzt mit mehr Blättern und Ästen *27.04.2013*
jetzt mit mehr Blättern und Ästen *27.04.2013*
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Aquarium decoration:
Gravel:
* 25 kg 1-1.6 mm medium brown sand, the various Farbnuanzen has (brown, reddish-brown, beige)
* 10 kg 0.8-1.2 mm sand erdbrauner
* Soil fertilizer'll use ik nich.
Plants:
finally arrived:

* Anubias congensis - Congo Peer sheet

Family: Araceae (Araceae)
Continent: Africa Region: West Africa
Height: 30 - 60 cm Width: 15+ cm
Light requirements: low - high
Temperature: 22 - 28 ° C
pH: 5.5 to 9
Water hardness: very soft - very hard
Propagation: Remove side shoots on the rhizome
Growth: very slow

* Anubias nana barteri v -. Peer Miniature Sheet

Family: Araceae (Araceae)
Continent: Africa Region: Cameroon
Height: 5-15 cm Width: 8+ cm
Light requirements: very low-medium
Temperature: 20-30 ° C
pH: 5.5-9.0
Water hardness: very soft-very hard
Propagation: Remove side shoots on the rhizome
Growth: very slow

* Anubias barteri v barteri -. Barters Speerblatt, Broad Speerblatt

Family: Araceae (Araceae)
Continent: Africa Region: West Africa
Height: 25-45 cm Width: 15+ cm
Light requirements: very low-medium
Temperature: 20-30 ° C
pH: 5.5-9.0
Water hardness: very soft-very hard
Reproduction: side shoots remove the rhizome.
Growth: very slow

* Nymphaea lotus red - Red Tiger Lotus

Family:
Continent: Africa Region: West Africa
Height: 20-50 cm Width: 20-30 cm
Light requirements: medium-very high
Temperature: 22 - 30 ° C
pH: 5 to 8
Water hardness: very soft-hard
Reproduction: daughter plants
Growth: medium, wöchtl. 1 sheet

* Bolbitis heudelotii - Congo water fern

Family: Ferns (lomariopsidaceae)
Continent: Africa Region: West Africa
Height: 15-40 cm Width: 15-25 cm +
Light requirements: very low-high
Temperature: 20-28 ° C
pH: 5.0-7.0
Water hardness: very soft-medium
Propagation: Remove pieces with at least 3 leaves: Through Rhizomteilung
Growth: slowly

* Crinum calamistratum - Gewelltblättrige Hakenlilie, Narrow Crinum, Krause

Family: narcissus family (Amaryllidaceae)
Continent: Africa Region: West Africa
Height: 40-120 cm Width: 20-30 cm
Light requirements: medium-very high
Temperature: 20-28 ° C
pH: 5.5-8.0
Water hardness: very soft-hard
Propagation: By daughter bulbs
Growth: slowly

finally it is also because, thank Didi:

* Crinum natans - flooding Hakenlilie, Broad Crinum

Family: narcissus family (Amaryllidaceae)
Continent: Africa Region: West Africa
Height: 50-150 cm Width: 20-30 cm
Light requirements: low-very high
Temperature: 20-28 ° C
pH: 5.5-8.0
Water hardness: very soft-hard
Propagation: By daughter bulbs
Growth: slowly

Fertilizers I will try with the following means:

* Easy Life - EasyCarbo
* Aqua Rebell - iron fertilizer
* Aqua Rebell - EI
Anubias (Altbestand)
Nymphaea lotus rot *12.04.2013*
Anubias barteri v. barteri *12.04.2013*
Anubias barteri v. nana *12.04.2013*
Anubias congensis *12.04.2013*
Bolbitis heudelotii *12.04.1213*
Anubias barteri v. nana - Spieglein, Spieglein, Spieglein an der Wand, wer ist die
Crinum calamistratum *27.04.2013*
Special features of the facility:
* 1x large Magrovenwurzel
* 3x some great Moorkienwurzeln
* 3x small roots
* Boulders
* Book branches

* Seemandelblätter, beech leaves, alder cones
linker Bereich vom Becken *24.03.2013*
mittlerer Bereich vom Becken *24.03.2013*
rechter Bereich vom Becken *24.03.2013*
Felssteine, Geäst im Vordergrund, die Magrovenwurzel im Hintergrund *05.04.2013*
Wurzelgewirr *05.04.2013*
Feine Wurzelgestrüpp
erste Bilder von nen bissl Natur *08.04.2013*
erste Bilder von nen bissl Natur - Buchenblätter auf Tiefgang *08.04.2013*
Aquarium equipment:
Lighting:
There are currently 2 tubes inside

* Front: JBL Solar nature, T8 38W 9000K, darkened either side with aluminum foil
* Rear: JBL Solar Tropic, T8 38W 4000K -> is at the moment out

Is then connected via a time switch 11h / d, 11.00 - 22:00 clock

but planned is a LED lighting with sunrise and sunset simulation. Liebäugel just with ner Tropic Marin Tropic SunaECO 600 6500K with NEM SunaECO Controller for 2x SunaECO 500 or 1x SunaECO 1000HD
Filtration:
EHEIM professionel 3e 2078

* Pumping capacity 1850l / h
* Power consumption 10-35W
* Filter volume 8 + 0,6 l
* Filter bulking
- EHEIM preliminary filter fleece
- EHEIM fine filter fleece
- EHEIM SUBSTRATpro 2 l
- EHEIM bioMECH 2 l
- EHEIM bioMECH 2 l
- EHEIM MECHpro 2 l
- SERA peat granulate 150g in mesh bag
Other equipment:
* EHEIM Automatic Feeder
* HUNTER aquarium heater (150 Watt)
* TUNZE Turbelle Nano Stream 6025 pump flow (2500l / h, 6W)
* CO2 system (2kg, overnight shutdown, typhoon, safety valve, fine adjustment valve and non-return valve) is set at the moment to about 45 bubbles / min. Night off betw 22:00 -. 09:00 clock
Stocking:
* 2 Atya gabonensis - Gabon Riesenfächergarnelle, atya gabonensis

* 6/9 Phenacogrammus interruptus - Congo Tetra

* 5 Synodontis nigriventris - synodontis nigriventris

are still planned:

* 1/3 Pseudocrenilabrus nicholsi


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*** Phenacogrammus interruptus ***
* Height: M. up to 10cm, W. up to 6cm
* Distribution: entry of the Congo
* Habitat: midwater in rainforest rivers
* Lifestyle: peaceful, adaptable schooling fish
* PH: 6.2 to 6.8
* Temperature: 24-27 ° C
* Order: Characiformes (Characiformes)
* Family: alestidae (Alestidae)
* Genus: Phenacogrammus
* Type: Congo Tetra (Phenacogrammus interruptus)

Appearance and characteristic features
Iridescent fish with red and blue components. The colors are distributed in the form of longitudinal bands on the body. The mouth is slightly inferior, the fins are quite large and almost like a veil. The caudal fin is not forked. The eyes are bright edged.

Young and rearing
The gender discrimination is quite simple, the female is smaller and much more inconspicuous. Bright light stimulates the lively fish reproductive activities. Spawning is preceded by a violent courtship. The fish mate in groups or in pairs, and then enter in the open water up to 300 eggs. These hatch in about six days, the juveniles. They can be attached with small live food.

Life and behavior
The sprightly Blue Congo Tetra are peaceful schooling fish that are very happy swimming. Their dazzling colors provide in dim conditions and protection serve the species recognition. They are quite sound-sensitive and notice immediately, "if what's going on." They join then together quickly.

Nutrition
Blue Congo Tetra feed mainly omnivorous, which means they catch in nature insect larvae, etc. but from the surface, even nibble like occasionally tender plant parts. However, while pointing to no significant damage. Frozen foods and live foods therefore provide a good nutritional basis. Flake food with vegetable and animal substances are also gladly taken. Regular Giving vitamins and a Diättag complete a healthy diet.

Attitude
Because of their great adaptability include Blue Congo Tetra with the most popular aquarium fish. Your lively behaviors provide entertainment in the aquarium. They can be associated with other peaceful fish. In an aquarium with 100 cm length with plenty of free swimming space, the lively fish can let off steam. In order to mimic the conditions in rainforest rivers, the ground may be dark and provide a floating plant cover for soft lighting. So the iridescent colors of fish come to their best advantage. Roots and possibly leaves keep the water slightly acidic and brownish.


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*** Synodontis nigriventris ***
* Body length: 8 - 10 cm, males slightly smaller
* Life expectancy: 10 years well
* Distribution: Africa / Congo Basin
* Habitat: quiet, moderately flowing waters, richly textured, broad-leaved vegetation
* Lifestyle: peaceful, crepuscular and nocturnal, mostly carnivorous (animal food)
* PH: 6.8 to 7.5
* Order: Catfish (Siluriformes)
* Family: Catfishes (Mochokidae)
* Genus: Synodontis
* Type: synodontis nigriventris (Synodontis nigriventris)

Appearance and characteristic features
Immediately noticeable: Fish in the supine position. The color is very low key, dark spots on a slightly brighter tone. The fins are large, the dorsal fin is usually. The powerful and distinctive barbels are located at a relatively sharp jaw. The gill covers are jagged appealing, and the overall body shape reminiscent of armored catfish.

Young and rearing
Uncommon breeding attempts have been successful to some extent. Floating bloodworms [...]
erstes Fotoshooting *22.05.2013*
erstes Fotoshooting *22.05.2013*
erstes Fotoshooting *22.05.2013*
Die Ganze Gruppe komplett *26.05.2013*
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erste mal vor die Linse bekommen - die Atya gabonensis *26.05.2013*
garnich so einfach diese zu fotofieren - Atya gabonensis *27.05.2013*
garnich so einfach diese zu fotofieren - Atya gabonensis *27.05.2013*
Einer von 5 Synodontis nigriventris *30.05.2013*
Einer von 5 Synodontis nigriventris *30.05.2013*
Einer von 5 Synodontis nigriventris *30.05.2013*
Water parameters:
24.03. Erstbefüllungnach, after 5 hours, it was finally full. By mixed bed resins it had its time in use.

Water values ​​measured with JBL TESTLAB:

26.03.2013 (even without CO2)
T: 26 ° C * pH: 8.0 * KH: 5 ° d * GH: 4 ° d * NO²: <0.01 mg / l * NO³: <0.5 mg / l Fe *: <0.02 mg / l * SiO²: 2mg / l * CO²: 2mg / l

08.04.2013 (25 bubbles / min CO2)
T: 27 ° C * pH: 7.4 * KH: 7 ° d * GH: 7 ° d * NO²: <0.01 mg / l * NO³: <0.5 mg / l Fe *: <0.02 mg / l * SiO²: 2mg / l * CO²: 12mg / l

*'m Going to start with the fertilization and have CO2 set at 45 bubbles / min

12.04.2013 (with peat in the filter and 45 bubbles / min CO2)
T: 27 ° C * pH: 7.2 * other parameters not measured

16.04.2013 (with peat in the filter and 45 bubbles / min CO2)
T: 27 ° C * pH: 7.0 * KH: 7 ° d * GH: 8 ° d * NO²: <0.01 mg / l * NO³: <0.5 mg / l * Fe: 0.05 mg / l * SiO²: 1,6mg / l NH4 *: <0.05 mg / l PO4 *: 0.2 mg / l * CO²: 28mg / l

23/05/2013
T: 26 ° C * pH: 7.4 * KH: 10 ° d * GH: 8 ° d * NO²: <0.01 mg / l * NO³: 5mg / l Fe *: 0.1 mg / l NH4 *: < 0.05 mg / l PO4 *: 1.2 mg / l * CO²: 16 mg / l
Feeding:
Frostfutter

* Mysis
* Artemia
* Krill
* Cyclops
* White and black mosquito larvae

Live feed

* Daphnia
* Artemia
* Bloodworms

Dry Food
Videos:
VideoVideo
Further information:
Water changes a week (about 1/3 = 100l) performed once. For this Ik broke my intake of EHEIM, then with NEN long hose to the bathroom, linked to the Waschbeckenamatur via Gardena adapter created ne semiautomatic water change function. Thus my bucket hauling spared * grin *

Water I will adjust with mixed bed demineralizer 5.0 liters mixed bed resin.