"Play sand" from the hardware store: not as bright as the "jointing sand", which I had in the old Aquarium, and not as fine as dust.
Cryptocoryne aponogetifolia. The plants grow really well: now I clear out once a week. The longest leaves (including style) sometimes almost 150 cm long!
I'll see how the plants react to the switch to LED Beleichtung (29/05/2013) and then report here.
After 6 months now I can say that the plants grow well under the LED lighting well continue, possibly a bit slower, but still very beautiful..
Special features of the facility:
Backplane "Rocky III" of Pangea. The right side window was covered with a matched to the backplane profile Back-to-Nature backplane "Slimline".
Since 31.05.2013: switch to LED lighting.
Now make two light strips TROPIC MARIN SunaECO 600 LED TROPIC (6500 K) for only 24 watts to be spent for the illumination.
First impression: brilliant light that passes through the point light sources now also much lebenidger acts as a uniform fluorescent lighting. There are not only beautiful light-shadow change, but by the surface movement still beautiful "squiggle" effects.
Now I'm just curious to see how the plants react to the change.
Before: Double lightbar 2 * 58 Watt, usually burned only a fluorescent lamp, light color 685 (Osram, available at hardware stores)
Eheim Professional 2228; there is an inner filter behind the rear wall. The three "chambers" are only separated by coarse blue filter foam. In the middle chamber there is also diced foam filter and if necessary there is room for additional filter materials that can be hung in bags. The water supply is via a hole with circular lattice and a surface drain with overflow comb. In the final "chamber" is a pump Eheim Universal1048 (600 l / h).
The intake strainer of the external filter is also located behind the rear wall in the first "chamber".
In the final "chamber" in which the pump is a heating element is attached.
A Tunze 6045 Flow Control has still found after some searching a place. I have not fixed on one of the side windows but on a cover plate. So it bothers near the rear wall well not hide the otherwise "technology free" overall impression.
The pump runs only from time to time, to offer the fish a little "weight training".
Ophtalmotilapia ventralis "orange cap" (F1 WFNZ), own offspring from various those litters.
5 Tanganyika Clown (WF) Moba
10 Paracyprichromis nigirpinnis
1 Neolamprologus leleupi (remaining stock of old pool)
3 Synodontis petricola (WF)
pH: 8.0 to 8.5
Temperature: 24-27 ° C
Dajana Pet Professional "Flora" and "Artemia Flakes" (unfortunately at my dealer not available at the moment)
Sera "granu green"
Sera "Spirulina Tabs" (especially popular with Synodontis)
Tropical Spirulina granulate
Tropical "Malawi" flake food, now replaced by
Tropical Spirulina Super forte flakes
Söll Organix Super Kelp Pellets (before feeding soaked)
Every now and then also something Artemia or Mysis
Water change: about 150-170 liters per week.