An Illustration of Shade

December 10th, 2007

I maintain my 54G corner tank in a very low-tech fashion; I don’t use CO2, and I allow Phyllanthus fluitans, or Red-Root Floater, to help suck up any excess nutrients. What that means is that after about a months time, the floater has completely covered the surface, shading out everything below.

54G - 12/10/2007

Look at how much darker the tank is above with the floater, verses below, without it, albeit, this is probably common sense. This tank is easy to forget about as it generally maintains itself, but it always reminds me to do a water change and remove some of the floaters when the tank is quite dark. It’s a nice visual cue.

54G - 12/10/2007

And just because he was out and about while I was taking the above pictures, here’s another picture of my Irian Red Rainbowfish (Glossolepis incisus).

Red Rainbowfish

2 Responses to “An Illustration of Shade”

  1. Rob Says:


    Need to get some of the floater from you for one of the tanks when we get a chance. I may or may not make January. I will let you know


  2. guitarfish Says:

    Sure, no problem Rob. Just give me a shout before the meeting if you’ll be there. 🙂

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