180 L Planted Aquarium Journal

Through building and maintaining beautiful nature aquaria people re-learn the intricate connections between forms of life, plants, fish, microorganism and humans. Riches and beauty come from harmony, from balance. Aquaria are great teachers of this truth. Takashi Amano


The 21st day

The tank is maturing very well. Algae eaters are keeping algae low. The plants are growing and some of them like the Rosanervig are doing better since the fish were introduced. Their waste is more than welcome. Ammonia and nitrite are zero and tomorrow I am adding the last group of fish. I decided to buy 15 Cardinal Tetras. Since all the fish I have at the moment are juvenile that will not be a problem. Once they reach the full size I will get a new tank. I took the Zosterifolia out of the tank since it is not improving. I got a very nice Bog-wood yesterday that is soaking in the water for a week or so. I will put it at the right side in front of the Thalictroides ( Water Sprite ).
In general, the fish is doing fine. The Angels are feeding readily on tablet food, young plant shots and believe it or not... the Hair Algae !!! As you can see on this photo they are most of the time picking on food that is trapped in the gravel which is a healthy behaviour.
Sometimes they are resting in the shadow between plants. They do feel much safer in a fully planted aquariums. They have several retreats.
The rest of the time they shoal together in the mid-water. They look very gracious when moving around the tank.

All photos made by Dusko Bojic