Tank 10: 45 gal Polypterus
This tank houses Polypterus polli (also known as Polypterus palmas polli).
|Tank Size ||48x18x15" / 122x46x38cm (LxWxH)|
|Volume ||Nominal: 41 imp gallons/50 US gallons/190 litres|
Actual: 32 imp gallons/38 US gallons/144 litres.
|Filtration ||Fluval 304 canister (broken pump) run by Rio1100 powerhead.|
|Heating ||Heated room|
|Lighting ||Low - fluorescent room lighting only.|
|Substrate ||Thin layer of aquarium sand.|
|Decor ||Bogwood, plants.|
|Background ||3-D effect artificial background|
|Water parameters ||Temp=26oC ; pH=6.8-7.2 ; GH=4 ; KH=3|
25% water change every week.
|Fish stock ||
5 Polypterus polli, Marbled bichirs (approx 8")
This tank houses a group of just one species of bichir, and is wider (front-to-back) than it is high - like several of my tanks.
This is because the floor space area is more important and useful to bottom dwellers like Polypterus, catfish, etc.
This tank has a Fluval 304 filter on which the pump failed, so now I make use of the canister by forcing water through it
with a powerhead in the tank. The powerhead has a prefilter cartridge, so the canister hardly ever needs opening to clean.
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