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


In just ten days ...

10 days is all Hygrophila polysperma needs to get to the surface. Few more days and it will over-run the left side of the tank.
Big changes; I stopped using CO2 Yeast DIY !!! Why? I would like my plants to grow slower, because of fertilising. I will change 25% of water every month now, and add 10ml of each PMDD + 10ml of TMG for Iron.
The real reason for doing this are the Amano shrimps. I will try to breed and raise them again, and fertilisers contain copper that can accumulate after some time and effect the shrimps.
Now I am better prepared for breeding this fantastic shrimp! I collected all I need. 3 of my Amanos are carrying eggs, so all I have to do is wait for about 20 days, to put them into the hatching tank. More info on Caridina japonica breeding Vol.2


New Aquascape :-) the 7th month

After approximately 7 month I decided to change the aquascape a little bit. Yes, Bacopa left the family together with the Alternanthera reineckii "roseafolia" . I added lots of rocks that I collected few weeks ago in Denmark.
Cardinal Tetras are very happy with this change I can tell. They shoal over the dark, newly added, gravel at all times. With the light gravel they would rather hide amongst the plants, but now they feel more secure I would say. It is lovely seeing them shoal like that.
I will plant some Java Moss soon beside the stone line, to get a more natural feel. At the moment I will try to keep my remaining plants happy so they can keep the water quality high.
Photos by Dusko Bojic.


Something worth mentioning

There is something I would like to share with all of you and especially with you that keep Angelfish. This happened approx. two moth ago. Every morning, after I make my self a tea, I go to the aquarium to check is everything OK and fish are happy. What I found out that morning was not pleasing at all. One of my Angels had severely damaged Dorsal fin. Two fin rays were split and the third one on the way. I thought it's the worst, the Fin Rot! But that disease looks different. Then I thought that this split fins are caused by poor diet...but wait a minute...I feed them twice a day with different type of food.
The second day, I woke up and ran out of the bed straight to the aquarium to check on my sick pet. The fin was half healed as you can compare on the photos. I was shocked, in the nice way of course.

The third day, the fin was almost totally healed. It is amazing how fast fish fins can regenerate. In just three days! The 4th day you couldn't tell which of my two Golden Angels were the damaged one :-)
The possible cause was probably moving through the vegetation and the fish tried to go backwards or something similar... Any way everything ended up fine.

Photos by Dusko Bojic