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Stan's freshwater 240 gallon extravaganza. Trials and tribulations of a sunlit aquarium

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After a 17 day period of no water,I changed this time after 10 days. I had things to do in the tank..and it help mucho much-o to lower the tank a bit. Plus,I hadn't been topping it off..so bucketing 2" of water for this tank is many,many 3 gallon trips. Just go ahead and change,clean the filter,powerhead, and trim plant leaves. I also moved the trident ferns so I could plant more star grass in the foreground.
I drain out to the yard...refill with a shorter indoor hose hooked up to the bathroom sink. Refill with 80f water and 4 capfuls of dechlor. It takes a few hours to clear...2 days really to go in the morning and see its be super crystal clear as all that glass bacteria and or course me churning the bio filter ( homemade) so that will take a few days to be primo again. In the meantime,only very clear-ha.
 
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Since the headline mentions sunlight? Let me tell you,its something that is so different from Aquarium light fixtures we all know and love. For example,we had an early summer like wave move in..near 90f. Lots of sun. I saw some plants getting speckles of algae. Then,we moved into a cloudy showery pattern..and that algae that started to speckle Anubias and Alternanthera,even the Sword?.just for the most part is gone.
Its like that when you take for free what mother nature gives you.
 
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I tried moving the big Crypt balansae to the back left middle? Forgetit. It just looked like a black blob blocking the light. Back it went to the middle center. I think this tank is set in plants. What the last photo showed is how things will stay..just with somethings I want to spread a little more,some things a little larger- Tiger Lotus and Bolbitis,Swords. But,should look the same now for quite awhile. Stem plants trimmed as needed.
 
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Added two nice ,small ,Clown Loaches. I have one that was one of the first fish I added and its been acting lonely lately. In the past I've kept up to a dozen at a time. Those were the days when I had many tanks,and I could buy them for $1 each tiny...put them in a 20 gallon and feed them live tubifex and live brine shrimp. They were among the last fish I had when i got out of fishkeeping about 10 years ago. The largest was about 6"..pretty good for aquarium raised.
So,I have a trio. Trio's are good for shoaling type fish..they have company,the hierarchy usually settles down well,and with not 10 or 20 of something..you have room in the aquarium for other types of fish.
Chromobotia macracanthus can be among the longest lived fish you keep.
 
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A Nepenthes- Pitcher Plant- I keep on top of the tank that I brought in from the outdoors is growing its first indoor pitcher. Outdoors our cool summers meant I had to wait until September for it to grow 2 or 3 of them. The plant itself grew fine..just not the warm summer
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nights it needed.
 

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