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Hello everybody! As I am beginning to like my tank's look, I will make a description of it:

Size 200 liter (100x40x50 cm)

Equipment
  • Hagen Fluval 304 filter
  • Hagen Fluval Tronic 200W heater
  • Hagen Surface Skimmer
  • JBL UV Sterilizer - 9W
  • Pressurized CO2 addition with PH controller
  • Lighting: 5x30W T8 (2xOsram Fluora, 2xOsram 865, 1xPhilips 830)
  • Substrate: Dennerle DeponitMix Professional covered with 2-3mm gravel
Plants
  1. Heteranthera Zosterifolia
  2. Sagittaria Subulata
  3. Cryptocoryne Wendtti
  4. Alternanthera Reineckii var. lilacina
  5. Hemianthus Micranthemoides
  6. Eleocharis Parvula
  7. Micranthemum Umbrosum
  8. Microsorum Pteporus 'Windelow'
  9. Anubias Barteri var. nana 'petite'
  10. Vesicularia Dubyana (Java Moss)
  11. Echinodorus Aquartica
  12. Glossostigma Elatinoides

Fish
  • Mikrogeophagus Ramirezi
  • Harlequin Rasbora
  • Paracheirodon Innesi
  • Crossocheilus siamensis
  • Corydoras Catfish

Fertilizing
  • JBL Ferropol (liquid)
  • JBL Ferropol 24
  • JBL Ferrotabs
  • EasyLife EasyCarbo
  • PPS solutions for nitrates and phosphates addition

Water
  • PH = 6.9
  • KH = 8
  • NO3 = 10-15ppm
  • PO4 = 0.5-1.0ppm
  • CO2 = 25-30ppm

At the beginning the aquarium looked like this:


Then I had problems with a messy kind of Red Algae, the one that looks like black dust covering everything.


Eventually I got rid of that algae with the EasyLife EasyCarbo. The water turned red from the dead red algae.


Now, after 5 months from setup the tank looks like this:


After a small trimming:


Plants by numbers:
 

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They used to lay eggs in the first months after buying them. Now they don;t seem in a mood for doing that again or maybe I didn't make a confortable place for them to do that. Unfortunately I didn't have the chance to see any newborn because the eggs that are left in the aquarium simply disappear overnight after 1-2 days. Once I moved the eggs in a separate aquarium but didn't take precautions and some fungus destroyed them...
 

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You should try and prep them. To get mine to spawn. I feed them hikari bloodworms for about 3 days, then do a water change. I replace the changed water with cooler water to resemble a rainy season. They usually spawn either during or pretty soon after the change. It gets them to spawn about 80% of the time. I also have little round stones throughout my aquarium. They usually decide between those and some anubias in the tank.
 
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