This is the best freshwater lighting system I’ve ever used! That’s a bold claim but hear me out. It is the best freshwater lighting system not the best aquascape lighting system. The reason for this is because of the Pro version of the Week Aqua lights. It comes with UV radiation and that’s a big deal. You can learn more about tanning fishes with aquarium light in this previous video that I did. But to put it simply, there’s a lot of fake tanning LED lights out there. Tanning requires UV as it will trigger pigment cells to be produced to shell the organism from harmful UV radiation. But unfortunately unlike fluorescent or metal halide, LED don't produce any UV radiation. But there are UV admitting LED that produce only UV light and are usually found in reef lighting. But freshwater aquarium keepers have been left out of this technology until now. The Pro variant of Week Aqua lights have UV emitting LEDs in them and this is a game changer. Now not only the aquascaper will have even more intense color plants but also arowana and gold fish as well as many other fishes that can benefit from tanning will get incredible results from using this type of light.
Over the years, we have customers asking for an aquascape starter kit. It is not that we are not interested in making a starter kit. In fact we also find that there’s a need for a starter kit as starting an aquascape aquarium is very challenging especially for beginners. But we just see that there’s too many starter kits out there that are made to be as cheap as possible. With equipment that doesn’t really work. Chances are anyone that bought one of those starter kits would just quit out of frustration.
But now finally we decided to take the first step.
Filter is the most important equipment in an aquarium and this is what you must know before getting into fish keeping.
There are many different types of filtration systems in the market and for a beginner it can be confusing. There's a hang-on where the filter hangs on the outside of the aquarium, internal where the filter is submerged in the filter and there’s canister where the filter is in a canister sitting below the aquarium connected with 2 hoses. And there are many many more. They all have their advantages over each other. This is because they are made to be used based on different criteria such as design of the aquarium, type of fishes and budget. But they all do the same thing. To house the filter media.
We have had this tank for my then a year. We set it up to test the NemoLight S72 88 Pets Mart Edition and it is long for a major maintenance and trimming. Before we do that we decided to take a feature video of it. By the time this video is out the tank should have gone thru it's major maintenance and trimming process. Hopefully it will turns out better then ever.
We will post a follow up picture of it but for now, enjoy the 90P aquascape display tank tittle Lost.
We have collaborated with Seachem Malaysia to bring you an in-depth video of creating a nano aquascape aquarium.
In this video we will be using Seachem Flourite as our substrate. 7kg of Flourite will occupy a 7000cm³ area. Which means you'll just need to multiply the length, width and the thickness of the substrate you prefer and divide it by 7000 and multiply the result with 7 to determine the kg of Flourite you'll need. Unlike soil type substrate, Flourite doesn't come with nutrients but instead it absorbs and stores nutrients. Planting with Flourite is rather easy as it is heavy allowing it to hold the plants easier. But it needs to be clean throughout before using as it's rather dirty out of the bag. In the past we used Flourite as a substrate before. We find it easy to use and maintain. Another advantage of using Flourite as it can be clean and reuse during respace. Although some of the Flourite will be lost during cleaning, especially the sand version. The downside is ...
Ideally phosphorus should be kept in the range of 0.1 to 1mg/L. It should never be allowed to fall below 0.1mg/L but it is acceptable to be more than 1mg/L as long as the plants are healthy and no algae can be seen. To prevent algae from growing in a high phosphorus concentrated water, nitrogen needs to be in the correct ratio. For instance, if your phosphorus has accumulated to 1.5mg/L, your nitrogen should be somewhere around 15 to 30mg/L. This will allow the plants to grow fast enough to combat the algae. As long as you have proper lighting and the right CO2 concentration, your plants should be able to win the race against algae.
Nitrogen and NPK
Nitrogen is an essential element in aquascaping. It is categorised as a macro nutrient which means that it should be kept in a certain concentration all the time. It also has a relation with 2 other macro nutrients which are phosphorus and potassium. The 3 of them need to be kept in a certain ratio in order for plants to utilise them successfully. The ratio of the 3 elements is often referred to N:P:K whereby N stands for nitrogen, P for phosphorus, and K for potassium. Depending on who you ask, the ratio often varies from 5:1:20 to 20:1:15. These answers are all not wrong as sometimes the ratio doesn’t need to be that exact.