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Description of the aquarium:
South America
Tank size:
150x50x60 = 450 liters ~ 118 gallons (us)
Specific features:
This basin has been different stories behind it and is now in the third redesign. I've never been able to achieve a result with which I was pleased, despite a lot of money and work and was about to be sold ...

In the early days the pool was with a terrible back wall as Central America's pool and a wide range of fire mouth cichlids.
The fish I was able to make and change the bad visual condition of the basin. Duration 2011-2013

In the second approach, the pool tank ran as Malawi with a self-built rear wall of slate stones ... That looked through algae from disaster had a huge weight and did not work ... The Malawi came from my first offspring pool and could again passed be ... Runtime 2013-2014

And now the third edition comes as South Basin and I can say that the first time I really like it and my feeling after even after what looks.

The aquarium has been assembled individually by an aquarium manufacturer in 2011. The glass thickness is 1.2 cm, the silicone seams are covered with strips of glass so that it can come to no damage here.

There is a downcomer in the left corner and behind the downcomer is a drywell of the pipes with the filtered water from the filter tank brings up. There are appropriate security vents to prevent safely in blackout leakage of the basin. For absolute noise reduction are set silicone hoses between the pipes and pump to accommodate the vibration. All plastic pipes are surrounded with pipe insulation (heating and plumbing).

The cabinet is made of black wood, has a gravel cover of 5 cm around the pool and an extra custom built aluminum lid with a large area to be opened two feed valves and an aluminum center rail where I could fix the LED strip.

Three doors and plenty of storage space for accessories and the filter tank with the entire cable clutter, pipes, etc.

The total weight I reckon the time to about 700-800 kilos.

100 Kg Glass Basin
70 Kg ground
50 Kg Cabinet
150 Kg filter tank
350 kilos of water weight
Der Aluminium Deckel
Große Öffnungen für leichten Zugriff
Leerer Zustand
Ablaufschacht in der rechten Ecke
Aquarium decoration:
The soil consists of various gravel and sands. Mainly a fine beige Aquarium gravel is introduced which represents the top layer.

Beneath this is then a gravel with red - black and white braunen- shares with grains of 2-4mm and 4-6mm. The amount of ground elements is 10-12 cm under the whole gravel and sand is a Styrodorplatte pasted on the glass to reduce heat loss and prevent damage from stones. This dates back to the time Malawi because here more than 200 kilos of stones were incorporated. All gravel and sands are natural material no artificial colorings or otherwise any additions.

The gravel soil mixes and increasingly arise even surfaces where gravel on the surface is thus different soil zones are reached. Early 2015. I made up another 20 kilos of fine natural quartz sand and now a perfect mix of plants and animals. So mixed I imagine a natural soil.

Additionally almond tree leaves are huge here introduced 3-4 pieces per month.
The remains I let verroten on the ground in the basin, had thus a quite natural soil with a lot of foliage remains to dig for the fish and for the worm.
With plants I have just had and found that is not the solution in light or fertilization alone, but the nitrate and phosphate were my previous problem Theatre in all previous pool. Bio Co2 plants, fertilizer until it stops and zich other things have unfortunately never been a success and the plants were usually after six months only brown algae holey bodies. The problem is dealt with by the consistent handling of water values ​​now and I have a very good plant growth.

Dennerle Fertilizer tablets come into the root zone of plants, daily liquid CO2 is added. Have a 5 liter canister of sufficient for 500,000 liters arrive daily per 100 liters 2 ml ie 10 ml in the basin.

1 x Anubias barteri
1 x Anubias lanceolata
1 x Anubias congensis
1 x Anubias heterophylla
10 x Schraubenvallisnerie, Vallisneria spiralis
3 x Brazilian pennywort - Hydrocotyle leucocephala XL plant
1 x Papageienblatt - Alternanthera reineckii
1 x Echinodorus bleheri
1x Taxiphyllum Barbieri (Vesicularia dubyana), Java moss, Bogormoos

The catfish and the scalars are on the plants from time to time and gnaw it off. Despite the supplementation of cucumbers, they can not take the plants. The water bill has therefore always a few holes, but that's not so bad now is growing so intense after that I have to thin out even him.
Wasserpflanzen bei der Lieferung
Wassernabel an der Oberfläche
Anubias lanceolata
Riesenvallisnerie (Vallisneria americana)
Blühende Anubias
Pflanzenwachstum inzwischen super geworden
Pflanzen im Aquarium Meekihausen
Pflanzen im Aquarium Meekihausen
Special features of the facility:
As a back wall a 2-8 cm deep rear wall 3d rear 150x50 S-Line Fit-in-fish built from plastic in this basin. Should get the curvature for the built-in overflow shaft I have the wall at the bend processed with a heat gun and bent. Thus, the wall looks consistently and there is no cutting edge arose that always looks unnatural.

The wall is the centerpiece of the pool and looks in my opinion great. The 3D effect is super available and there are several caves.

In a pool Mopani root is introduced the 60 x 30 x 10 cm and has interspersed with many holes and caves and a smaller mangrove root is approximately 25 x 15 cm in size.

Three rocks imitations (decorative lava stone) with many caves and inputs or outputs are used for the perch. Little Rock has the dimensions 29.5 x 26 x 9 cm, the two large 35.5 x 24 x 15.5 cm. In addition to the rock art as well as various real stones have also introduced a Cave in the form of half a tree trunk with many knotholes length 30 cm width and height 12 cm.
Das erste Layout 2012
Das zweite Layout 2013
Drittes Layout ab 2014
Ansicht von der Seite 11/2016
Seemandelbaumblätter überall am Boden des Beckens
Ansicht im dunklen blaues Mondlicht
Aquarium equipment:
LED RGB strip IP 80 waterproof and even to operate under water
Programmable with LED RGB Controller ink. Radio remote control
of led-mg.de

Technical Specifications:

Voltage: 12V DC / 1 x Plus & Minus 3 x RGB
Power: about 5W / m
Power: approx 600mA / m
Angle: 120 degrees
Colors: RGB (Red, Green, Blue)
Width: 12 mm
Height: 2.5 mm
Length: 1.4 meters

The RGB Controller can be 65.0000 light colors and an infinite number of programs running play.

The intensity of the light can now be dimmed by the controller to the smallest stage and therefore the illumination intensity is no more question.

Dawn with predominantly yellow and red proportions, the light is raised over a period of 30 minutes corresponds to a realistic sunrise.

Daylight white with a light yellow-red portion

Dusk with mainly red and blue components, the light is going down over a period of 30 minutes corresponds to a realistic sunset.

Nightlight lightweight with a predominantly blue red proportion, simulating the a moonlight and a time of 2 hours in a very little blue light passes minimum luminous intensity as in a covered moon sky.

The power saving mode is here to feel xyz lamps for years compared to regular fluorescent lights or HQ.
The filtering is done through a filter basin in vanity unit with 180 liter capacity and 2 chambers. Here's multilevel installed filter material which is separated by overflow disks.

Phosphate, silicate, nitrate filter material sponges in various thicknesses and Micro Mec bio-filter balls that come to several thousand square meters of filter surface. The filter can once but does not need to be cleaned roughly a year ... the capacity is great and the filter running for 2.5 years without a single cleaning.

The whole filter substrates that are introduced for phosphate, silicate, nitrate, etc. are located in filter stockings free floating between the foam mats and have been merged to a pipe. The filter substrate for phosphate is not iron but aluminum base.

Main problem in my view, the nitrate. Due to the tap water do I have 15-25 mg / l. The concentration then increases rapidly to 50 mg / l. The water changes are critical and I put in addition to biological denitrification. For this I use 10 JBL Bio Ex nitrate filter bag floating on the surface of the filter tank by the gas formation. Microbe-Lift Special Blend is a liquid medium, the bacteria I admit the filter weekly.

In order to reduce the evaporation of water in the filter tank and have no moisture in the apartment and the cabinet is the filter tank at the top is perfectly matched with styrofoam panels covered wrapped with cling film. The water condensed here and runs back.
Other equipment:
When heating a heater is in the filter tank is introduced which provides 300 watts for the necessary heat of 25 ° C.

The filter pump is a Syncra Silent Pump 2700 l / h at 45 Watt promotion. In order to reduce the running noise additionally a silicone tube is used for connection of the vibrations and absorbs completely absorbs the noise between the brutalization for drywell.
Absperrung für den Überlaufschacht
Blick von unten auf die zwei Schächte
Förderpumpe im Filterbecken
RGB Controller für den LED Streifen
LED Lichtstreifen
Styropor Abdeckung
15 Red-Blue Colombians Hyphessobrycon columbianus
Home: South America
Procedure: tetras
Length: 4-5 cm
Age: 9 years

4 Scalar Pterophyllum scalare
Home: South America
Order: Perciformes
Length: 15 cm
Age: 15 years

2 Goldsaumbuntbarsche Aequidens rivulatus
Home: South America
Order: Perciformes
Length: 16-18 cm
Age: up to 10 years

10 Schwartz cory Corydoras schwartzi
Home: South America
Order: Calluses catfish
Length: 5-6cm
Age: up to 10 years

1 brown catfish Ancistrus spec.
Home: South America
Procedure: loricariids
Length: 10-12 cm
Age: up to 19 years

12 Anentome helena Clea Helena
various post horn and Tower snails available as feed
Nachwuchs bei den Meekis
Besatz im Aquarium Meekihausen
Brauner Antennenwels nach ca. 3/4 Jahr
Feuermaulbuntbarsche 1 Woche nach Einzug
Versteck unter den Mandelbaumblättern
Besatz im Aquarium Meekihausen
Die Welse nach dem Futtern am relaxen
Brauner Antennenwels nach über 2 Jahren
Die Barsche in friedlicher Ko Existenz Ende 2017
Stern- und Rautenflecksalmler im oberen und mittleren Teil des Beckens
Orangener Flusskrebs Einzug 12/2016
Die Raubschnecken sind nicht nur am Boden auf Streife
Water parameters:
Update on 07/24/2015

Temperature: 25 ° C
Chlorine: 0
PH: 6.9
KH (carbonate hardness): 3 °
GH (general hardness): 8 °
NO2 (nitrite): 0
NO3 (nitrate): 10 mg / l
NH4 (ammonium): 0
NH3 (ammonia): 0
PO4 (phosphate): <1 mg / l
FE (Iron): 0,2-0,3mg / l
CO2 (carbon dioxide): 20 mg / l

50% -60% water change 1 time a week or about 200 liters in total volume 400 liters. By the introduced materials and overflow shafts I go from a total displacement in the upper basin 80-100 liters of water.

After months of active nitrate reduction and monthly water changes of 50% or a super plant growth can be seen and the algae almost gone. Amount of water per year: 400 liters / 2 = 200 liters per week - 800 liters a month and 9600 liters per year ie rounded up 10 cubic. 10 x 4 euros for fresh and waste water = 40 euros per year. Have now after 4 days duration a nitrate level of 10 to a maximum of 15mg / l. This is compared to the past perfect results!

With a small reverse osmosis device I can now produce demineralized water and thus reduce the hardness of the water in the pool cost effective to me. The filter cartridge produces 90 liters in 24 hours and before water changes put into operation to produce corresponding soft water. Under the first water change I was able to reduce pH and KH and GH, 50 liters per water change osmosis water.
The lining is made of varied dry food and frozen food as well as live and fresh food. I'm building a day where there is nothing and Fütter different amounts and times. Most of Monday is the day of fasting.

Mostly I watch the bass and Scalar while foraging on the ground and the tetras play group way with the chips around.

Frozen Food: Mysis, Artemia, water fleas, krill, tubifex
Live food: Artemia, Tubifex rare
Fresh food: shrimp
Forages: cucumber, zucchini and potato slices for catfish every week
Ready Lining: granules, tablets, chips, flakes
Further information:
Water values ​​I can determine by a test JBL Combiset. Among the regular values ​​nitrate is one because of algae and in the PH, KH for the supplied PH / KH Minus and the phosphate.

Personally, I find the catfish very interesting, since they default and regularly swim to the surface and absorb air there. Advantage is that the catfish therefore not be solely on the ground on the road, but are also found in the central part of the basin on the root or stone projections.

The light in the basin was made brighter for the photos, the light intensity is usually in regular operation only 50% so it is not too bright and stressful.