Tank Sirocco Glass of 8 mm, Front Optical Glass Lower frame: black aluminum Cover with transparent methacrylate Rear and side walls covered with brown cardboard
28 cm Water Column Effective volume 125 liters
Objective: The wood has a major role in the chemistry of this aquarium. The wood is harvested from a continental Mediterranean climax forest of holm oaks. Lichens and Mosses Of These forests were used to plant the emerged part. The tannins were diluted in the aquarium water to recreate the atmosphere of Ecosystems of blackwater streams and rivers associated with ancient peat swamps forest of Asia.
Substrates: 75 liters of substrates
Layer 1: Arlite 20 l Layer 2: blond peat 15 l 15 l Aqualit Layer 3: 20 l Akadama volcanic gravel 5 l
The Arlite in the lower layer has the function of providing good water circulation, with a good oxygenation to prevent the creation of anaerobic areas. Its high porosity Should allow the settling of good bacterial colony. This first layer has Practically no cation exchange capacity, its pH is close to neutral, and has no influence on the kH. The peat, Which has a pH of 4-4.5 furnish humic acid into the water and acidify the aquarium, mixing with aqualid Allows us to incorporate trace elements, and therefore Increases the aeration of the peat. Finally Akadama The Third Layer, is a slightly acidic pH 6.7 to 7 clay, has a high cation exchange capacity and to prevent caking we will add a small proportion of inert volcanic rock.
Decoration organics material:
- Quercus ilex ssp ballota wood: Strains and roots (aprox 40 kg). It is a high density wood, 0.87 t / m3 of anhydrous density. Its wood and bark is rich in soluble tannin, it has been the main source of tannin for leather industry in the Mediterranean area for centuries. In the submerged parts The Outermost crust which eliminated to prevent fungal Contaminations. HOWEVER in the areas it emerged what Partially Burned bark. Burnt bark of this species is a very good substrates for the growth of lichens. - Ficus carica wood (floating) - Leaves: Viburnum Tinus, Magnolia Kobus, Acer palmatum, Terminalia CATAPA ...
Inorganic: rocks 20 kg
In the submerged part, acidophilic Asiatic plants resistant to High Temperatures and Low Light Intensity
Emerged part: Lichens and mosses epiphytes from forests of oaks Xanthoria parietina Parmelia caperata Hypnum cupressiforme Dicranum scoparium Cladinia Mediterranea
Special features of the facility:
Compact RO unit To grow brine shrimp: a glass tube with a diffuse Connected to an air compressor and dilution of common salt in water Test: pH, KH, gH, O2, Fe, NO2, NO3, PO4 and K Salts: potassium nitrate, potassium sulfate and potassium monophosphate Fertilizers: Ferropol, Touromin Medicación: Bacter stop (API), mycosis stop (API), Exit 2000 eritromicina, metrodinazol Oxidants: Hydrogen peroxide, methylene blue, malachite green and potassium permanganate
We will have a water with a high tannin content. It Is Intended to be illuminate with a hot spectrum, we use a combination of 6900 LM in warm white and 1375 LM white in cool.
With this spectrum we expect to get a well-lit surface of the aquarium, Which is the most planted, and a deeper part with very low light intensity, considering indeed a hot spectrum is less able to penetrate the water column.
13 to 24: 3450 Lm at 3000K 14 to 23: 6900 Lm at 3000K and 1375 LM at 6000 K
Other filter material for Occasional Use: Carbon Active,
Due to the high content of non cured wood, the tank have a Considerable biological oxygen demand. The oxygen is consumed by the decomposition processes of wood through heterotrophic bacterial. This motivates the need for high aeration tank.
The use of two filters allow more versatility to use different filter material, and can be cleaned alternatively, Avoiding sudden changes in water chemistry. The Xocolates gouramis are very sensitive to changes ..
Heater: Eheim 319. 300 W
12 Sphaerichthys osphromenoides 10 Brevibora dorsiocellata / b] 12 Parosphromenus sp n ^ n Planorbarius corneus n ^ n Melanoides tuberculata 6 Anentome Helena
T 25 C kH 2-3 pH 6 gH 5 Fe 0.25-0.30 ppm NO2 0 NO3 <5 ppm PO4 <0.1 ppm K <25 ppm O2 7 ppm
Water changes and cleaning suction tubes filter 10 liters day during the first 3 months (RO mixture watter and home network .According reading KH)
Currently two changes per week of 10 liters of water. I am currently making changes with 100% water RO. I use as an additive or touromin alternatively, a tea of alder cones, plus I add a small amount of oil of Melaleuca, Ferropol, potassium nitrate and potassium sulfate at very low doses.Lately I do not fertilized with phosphate
Basic Dehydrated: Dupla Rhin S JBL Novo Bel Spirulina Occinium basilicum
It is alternatively complemented by the addition of: