Gan Red+ Asian Arowana in Planted Tank
Gan Red+ Asian Arowana in Planted Tank

Update

Post Views: 17 The arowana is growing nicely but seems to have developed a protruding lower jaw. Was told by Gan of Gan Aquarium that a shrimp diet will cause this due to the calcium in their shells. I am not feeding shrimp, but I was dosing Seachem Equilibrium for Calcium and Magnesium for a while for […]

Bolbitis heudelotii

Bolbitis heudelotii – Part 2

In my previous post, I wrote about my hopes for this plant in my tank. It has not disappointed and grown back lushly. Now I’m wondering where to reposition it in the future for the best effect. Perhaps I should tie some on the exposed wood over the open sand areas.

Bolbitis heudelotii
Bolbitis heudolotii

Bolbitis heudelotii

Bolbitis heudelotii has failed to survive in my tanks over and over again. And this time, the start wasn’t encouraging… the mature plant had come from a fellow hobbyist’s chilled tank and within a week in my un-chilled tank, all the existing leaves started to die off.

Bolbitis heudolotii

Nevertheless, the rhizomes were still green and they could possibly spring back once it adjusts to my tank conditions.

Lo and behold, 3 weeks later, some of the surviving unopened fronds have put out new leaves! I took out the plant to trim shorter the leftover stalks that I had trimmed earlier and was rewarded with new fronds budding last week.

The photo shows the plant 2 weeks ago with new leaves. Hope the plant keeps this up.

The current tank is cooled with two 120mm PC case fans running 24/7, blowing over the water surface. Temperatures range from mid-27°c to high-28°c. For fertilisation details, see the top menu for the link to tank details.

Hofer Gurgle Buster

Sump Noise vs Hofer Gurgle Buster

When I first filled the tank and ran the sump return pump to test for leaks and to test the sump, the noise from the drain pipe was too loud for our (me and the wife) sanity. Tweaking the ball valve at the drain pipe didn’t help much. It reduced some sound but there were various side effects:

  • The water level fluctuated, resulting in intermittent draining noises.
  • Small bubbles coming out of the bottom of the drain pipe. Not a good thing for maintaining CO2 levels in the water.
  • Large pockets of air would be blasted out of the bottom of the drain pipe occasionally, causing lots of splashing and occasional noise.

So I started looking up solutions on the net.

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Cycling Planted Tank for Arowana

Dragon Forest II

Finally planted the new Arowana Planted Tank about 6 weeks ago. Here are the photos of the current state.

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RTG Arowana in Planted Tank

Dragon Forest I

The Asian Arowana is a beautiful fish but is often kept in bare tanks. I have always felt it would look so much better in a lushly planted tank, especially the red variant. About 10 years ago, I had the opportunity to start a large planted tank and it became The Dragon’s Forest I.

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