Friday, December 31, 2010

5ft Shallow - Final Pics




Angled view

Random picture of Glosso

Another random shot of Glosso

Engine room

Sunday, December 26, 2010

2.5ft+ Leak Test

Leak test on 2.5ft+ tank. So far tank is in good shape with no visibility of bowing. Scaping work should begin soon . . .

Sunday, December 19, 2010

2.5ft+ Custom Tank

Another new shallow tank :)

Size: 77cm (L) x 35cm (W) x 30cm (H)
Light set: Katana 24w x 4 T5HO
Cabinet: Ikea shelf

Still waiting for the silicone to completely dry before performing leak test. Couldn't be happier with the workmanship; very neat silicone joint. Let see whether this tank passes leak test in 5 days from today.

more coming up . . .

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Glosso - Spot the Algae

Mini valley

Close up on pearling effect . . .

Cherry Shrimp @ Work

Berried mother @ work

This is what happen when you have too many cleaning crew . . .

Saturday, November 20, 2010

BorneoWild Wave Cutter

BorneoWild Wave Cutter

Tell me if this is not helping to speed up your trimming work :)

Extremely useful for cutting carpet plants such as Glosso. 5ft tank full of Glosso is completely trim in about an hour.

Picture taken from . . . I am lazy to snap photo.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Pamphobeteus sp. machalla

Pamphobeteus sp. machalla

One of my favourite. Molted once and has a big appetite. Nice display specimen.

Saturday, October 23, 2010


Tarantula on my computer desk. I will put up individual picture later on.

Monday, October 18, 2010

5ft Shallow Tank - Setup 1

Rocks, ADA Amazonia I, ADA Powersand Special, Hose, Drill . . . etc.

Custom wood cabinet.

2 x rectangular hole to allow inlet/outlet hose to bypass.

Cabinet and tank will serve as a room divider. Peninsular setup.

Tank + Cabinet. Tank is placed on top of Nike yoga mat. Bought 2 x Nike yoga mat at discounted price. Hope it is able to provide sufficient shock/vibration absorption.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Glosso - Trimming Day

Healthy Glosso creeping all over the soil. Almost zero visibility of algae including the common Green Spot/Dust Algae (GSA/GDA). Not sure if my algae eaters are doing great job in this tank or simply because of some other reasons.

I am using BorneoWild Spring Cutter 28 to speed up trimming job. Next round will try to use BorneoWild Wave Cutter. Please ignore the reflection on the glass :P

Glosso floating all over the tank. I use normal fish net to scoop out floating Glosso before performing water change.

Large water change after trimming. I always perform water change via WIWO technique which is a lot easier and less messy.

Tank data:

Tank size: 5ft length x 2ft width x 40cm height - rimless

Lighting: Custom 80W x 4 T5HO, 8 hours a day.

Substrate: ADA Amazonia I, ADA Powersand Special + Crushed lava rock, BorneoWild Balance, BorneoWild Boost P, BorneoWild Bacter Crystal, BorneoWild Bacter Energy

Filtration: Eheim Pro3 2075 + Eheim Ecco Pro 2034. Both inlet/outlet have been replaced with BorneoWild Glass Lilypipe to create gentle flow and vortex suction on water surface.

CO2: 1 bps via inline diffuser

Plant: Glossostigma elatinoides

Fish: Siamese Algae Eater (SAE) and Otocinclus

Invertebrate: Yamato Shrimp and Fire Red Cherry Shrimp

Water change: 50% every 4-5 days depending on water quality.

Water Temperature: 24-25c

Additives: ADA Brighty K, ADA Step 1, Seachem Excel, CHOICE Aqua Energy Powder (each WC), ADA Phyton Git, BorneoWild Crystal Bacter (each WC)

clonexs - tank specs as per requested

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Mini Terrarium

New addition - mini orchid.

Close up picture.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Carnivorous Plant

Sarracenia sp. Absolutely beautiful and unique plant.

Close up picture.

Top view - my mini scale plant growing tank :)

Front view.

Upcoming project :
1) To get custom 90cm x 45cm x 35cm (L x W x H) tank
2) To get Hagen GLO T5 HO 3ft lighting fixture
3) To add more species into collection

and . . . I need more $$$ to fund my project.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

GreenBottle Blue >2months

After 2 months+. Coloration is much intense now

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Cleaning Crews part 1

Close up picture of Yamato Shrimp

Otocinclus posing for the camera

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Fire Red Cherry Shrimp

Added 10 x Fire Red Cherry Shrimp to join the rest of Algae Cleaning Crew.


Fire Red Cherry Shrimp

Nice contrast against green Glosso

Friday, September 24, 2010

Avicularia sp.

Cute? Little cute Avicularia sp wearing black socks. I received this little fella from a friend.

. . . after 1 month. Molted once. Still cute?

Please let me know if you know the actual sp for this cutie

Glosso - 3rd & 4th Week

Top view of Glosso growth on 3rd week after initial planting.

4th week.


Sunday, September 12, 2010

Mexican Fireleg - before/after

29 Jun 2010

28 Aug 2010

Little monster with big appetite. She no longer spends time hiding and always on display now.

Glosso - Root Close Up

#Over-exposed picture using Canon Ixus compact camera.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Glosso - 14th day

Glosso sending out runners

Glosso on steroid? . . . fast growth as long as you have sufficient light and nutrient rich soil.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Hair Algae

Hair Algae

I use old toothbrush to remove it manually. This type of algae is easier to remove compare to Black Brush Algae (BBA).

I also introduced few algae cleaning crews to deal with minor algae growth.

10 x baby Siamese Algae Eater fish (SAE)
10 x Yamato shrimp
04 x Otocinclus

No feeding require :)