Celebrity Tropical Fish Tank Make-Over
Setting up a new aquarium can be somewhat of a challenge, but when it is done for a well established fish magazine in the UK, and and as a celebrity tropical fish tank make-over it becomes even more of a challenge. In this case Practical Fishkeeping, one of the most respected publications in the United Kingdom did a recent article on the changeover of an old, but apparently well kept aquarium by celebrity TV and motoring journalist Jonny Smith.
The tank is quite large, it doubles as a room divider and had a variety of smaller community fish. Although old, it was quite well supported on granite and still quite serviceable. But of course the challenge was to upgrade the system into a newer and better habitat for the fish and live plants. The makeover is done by George Farmer who well documents the changes made from old to new:
The ten-year-old Clearseal tank was well maintained with a community of thriving fish and a modern T5 overtank luminaire, fitted with 2,700K tubes, gave it a warm colour.
The huge Anubias attached to large clumps of Mopani wood was growing partially emerged, covered in thread algae but otherwise quite healthy. The small selection of stem plants had seen better days though, probably a result of lots of light, sporadic liquid fertiliser dosing and no CO2 injection or liquid carbon.
The eclectic mix of fish was interesting, some being many years old but all in great health.
Jonny is clearly a passionate fishkeeper who puts the needs of the fish above anything else.
Celebrity Tropical Fish Tank Make-over
offers great guidelines for the beginner
The makeover is well beyond the reach of most aquarists, but the changes made and the results are well worth taking a few pointers.
1) Although the tank is not set on a properly manufactured stand, it is not set on wood either. There is little danger of the granite moving or shifting to create a stress crack. For most set-ups larger than a desktop aquarium a true aquarium MUST be used
2) The filtration was upgraded from an older Eheim to a state of the art Fluval G6. This is quite an upgrade, but proper filtration should always be added, no matter the size of the tank. It doesn’t have to be this state-of-the-art, but it must be adequate for the habitat you are creating.
3) The lighting was already very good, T% bulbs are quite powerful and needed for such a heavily planted aquarium.
The rest of the equipment waqs also top notch and the fish that will be kep in this quality environment should thrive with very little effort.
One of the advantages of a celebrity tropical fish tank make-over is that it was documented with a very nice documentation of how to set up a larger aquarium. If you are planning to start a fish tank, or are a beginner and need some general tips and tricks, take the time to see how it was done by a professional who knows how to do it right.