Saturday, March 10, 2007


Photograph of a group of Cryptos in my one of my South Asian planted tanks. You can also see the Java ferns (Microsorum pteropus and var. Windeløv) on the driftwood.

Cryptocorynes are grown in a vast region of South Asia, raned from India to Papua New Guinea and probably one of the most popular plants among aquarium hobbyists through out the world. It's been recorded that the first Cryptocoryne cultivation in Europe was started years back, in 1910. Though few Crytocoryne varieties are are avaialble in pet shops in almost every country of the world, some species are nearly to extinct.

Find more details about Cryptocorynes on Crypts Pages.

Friday, March 9, 2007

Corydoras julii

Corydoras Julii
Corydoras julii or Julii Cory or Leopard Cory cat is one of the most adorable fish among all Corydoras and catfishes. This is a small cat fish that originally belongs to Brazil, but later became very popular among the aquarists across the border. The prefer to lie in small groups. So, make sure you never have a lonely Cory in your tank. Like other Corydoras, Cory Julii is also a bottom feeder and eats everything from flakes to dried blood worms. Ideal condition is pH 7.2 and temperature 24-25°C.

Corydoras julii
looks very similar to C. trilineatus and often mistaken as the other one, though they are two different species.

Wednesday, March 7, 2007

Salvina natans 2

Salvina natan close up in Samit's Tank
Another image of Salvina natans from my tank. Salvina natans is also very useful to absorb extra nutirnets from the water, reducing the possibility of algae bloom in newly set up planted tanks with regular CO2 supply and fertilization.

Tuesday, March 6, 2007

Salvina natans 1

Salvina natans, is often mistaken as some kind of floating aquatic moss but actually this is a floating aquatic fern. Salvina natans has small, round leaves covered with tiny water proof hairs called papillae. Each node of the plant has a pair of floating leaves and as well as a third submerged leaf that serves as root. The spore is stored at the base of the submerged leaf. Salvina natans is found in almost every corner of the world. It is a quite common plant species found in Central Europe, South America, Asia as well as Africa. Few reasearchers say that Salvina is actually originated from South America, Maylasia, or Central Europe. This is a quite aggressive and fast growing plant and has a reputation as invasive weed.

Salvina is a very common aquarium plant and popular among the aquarists. This is a nice ornamental addition to all open top tanks, but it needs to be monitored and trimmed regularly. This is also great for breeding set ups. Its submerged leaves and roots provide nice hiding places for the fries.

Monday, March 5, 2007

Common Pleco

Pleco in Samit's Tank
Here is a juvenile Common Pleco or Hypostomus plecostomus in one of my planted tank. I always introduce couple of juvenile plecos in my mew set ups, as new set ups are prone to be affected easily by brown algae and Plecos are very effective to clean this ugly brown stuff from the leaves of the plants, driftwood or other props that have been used in the tank. But there is only one issue in introducing Plecos in tank. Do remember that these Plecos can grow very large, sometimes 60 cm or more and as they grow up they can become very aggressive, especially to other Plecos. However, this is quite peaceful and hardy fish and ideal for beginners’ and community tanks, provided the tank is large enough to accommodate a grown up pleco.

It does eat algae, but needs other foods like sinking pellets, lettuce, zucchini, sweet potato and green peas. Plecos will eat live plants in the tank, if regular food is not supplied. Do not forget to put driftwood in the tank, as they love to hang around the driftwood and gorge on the algae deposited on it.