50 kg quartz sand. Because this sand is quite bright and would reflect too much light, I leave the leaves of giant Cryptocoryne float on the water surface.
Tip for quartz sand: this need not be washed. I will bring it into the wet basin, so that no air bubbles form in the sand. Ensure that the sand is not kicking up at the first filling of the sink and cloud the water, I put a piece of tarpaulin or a shopping bag on the ground. Thus the tap can be turned up a bit bigger.
2x Cryptocoryne aponogetifolia (Giant Cryptocoryne)
2x Cryptocoryne wendtii (Green Wenditii, medium size)
Those who want to keep in its aquarium Cryptocorynes who should exercise some patience, these plants have quite a long adjustment period. In the first six months grew no new leaves, also partially leaves it were dropped. I suspect that the plant once put all the power into the root system.
In addition, the plants seem to take the winter break really serious. New shoots develop the plant only in the summer months of June to August.
Special features of the facility:
As home decoration means I took over the hole rock from my former Malawi basin. Since I also wanted to create a lot of sand and free swimming space, handed the rock for this larger aquarium.
A large group of stones was set up in the right corner and reaches up to the water surface. Two large stones were placed in the left half of the pelvis so that visual barriers arise. In the left front area a free sandy area of about 80 x 60 cm was created for sand perch.
A self-made Styrofoam back wall was retrofitted into the pool. A construction manual for this backplane can be found on my website.
Centered over the pelvis 1x Triton (36 watts) and at the front 1x watercolors (36 watts). The total lighting time is 12 hours, with the Triton burns the first and last two hours alone.
an outdoor filter (Eheim 2228: 750 l / h) and a three-chamber internal filter (Powerhead: 1100 l / h)
A pump flow (800 l / h) for the surface movement. With the two filters, the water is about 4x circulated per hour.
- 1/1 Altolamprologus compressiceps "Shell"
- 3/6 Cyprichromis leptosoma "Blue Flash"
- 3/3 Enantiopus melanogenys "Kilesa"
- 2/5 Paracyprichromis nigripinnis "Blue Neon"
- 1/1 Lamprologus signatus
- 3/0 synodontis petricola
The water temperature (up to during the summer months) constant at 26 ° Celsius. The pH value is currently at 8.2 and the alkalinity at about 11 dKH. Nitrite and nitrate is not present in the non-measurable area.
When changing the water is exchanged per week 1/3 of the water. Water treatment products are not used.
Green flake, spirulina flake or pellet as *. Complementing Artemia and Mysis frozen food. The latter in the summer sometimes fresh from the River Trave Lübeck.
* Larger pellets I previously soft about 10 minutes with some water. Then I give it crushed into the water. It sinks immediately and all get something from.