60cm - Sumatran Chocolate

Discussion in 'Aquascaping' started by George Farmer, 15 Mar 2008.

  1. George Farmer

    George Farmer Founder Staff Member

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    My Chocolate gourami biotope, taken the other day.

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  2. Steve Smith

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    Thats great. It seems weird not to see lots of lush plant growth in one of your tanks! What size tank is that? Are the large flat bits leaves? They almost look like smooth tree bark.
     
  3. Fred Dulley

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    Great job there George.
    It would be great if my black water 15gal was as good :rolleyes:
     
  4. Ed Seeley

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    The gouramis look nice and healthy George. Bet it's nice to have at least one tank that doesn't need all the dosing and trimming eh?! :lol:
     
  5. Luketendo

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    Is their plant Amazon Frogbit by any chance?

    I really like this set up of yours.
     
  6. Azaezl

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    I love this setup george, it looks so 'warm' very different to what you normally do but fantastic as usual!!
     
  7. George Farmer

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    Thanks everyone.

    The decor is plays sand, Sumatra wood from Unipac, Indian almond leaves from AE and bits of old bogwood etc. from Jeremy.

    Temp is 28C. pH<6.

    Plants are Salvinia natans.

    Virtually zero maintenance. I just top up with RO and feed fish. The floaters deal with nutrient build-up. I remove a handful every week.
     
  8. Themuleous

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    Interesting tank George, must be a nice change for planty tanks?

    I've just set up a hillstream loach tank, get something a bit more unusual.

    Sam
     
  9. George Farmer

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    Yes, I like biotopes. Nearly as much as well-aquascaped planted.

    And some folk still think I don't care about the fish... :D
     
  10. zig

    zig Member

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    Thats very nice, they are beautiful fish.
     
  11. Martin

    Martin Member

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    Very atmospheric. What lighting have you got on the tank George?
     
  12. George Farmer

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    Thanks, Martin.

    Lighting is 2 x 18w T8 6500K.

    I underexposed the shot to enhance the murky, blackwater look.
     
  13. afroturf

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    George this i a beautiful biotope tank. Recently i've really got into biotope tanks, I have a tank that looks similar to this set up for Apistos, I got a pair of wild A. Iniridae, unfortunatly i lost them to infection soon after acquiring them.

    Do you plan any other biotope setups?
     

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