My Aquarium

Carlton Colville
Volume 212 Liters
Dimensions 48'' x 15'' x 18''
Make Clear Seal


Hi my name is Richard,

I have had a tropical tank for many years, until recently I haven't really taken the hobby seriously. Due to my health deteriorating and being at home a lot, I have decided to dedicate more time to my aquarium and the hobby.


The planning of this aquarium was I had the space so decided to fill it with an aquarium a big 4f one that is lol. I wanted the tank to have some height to it as well so got my local the Aquatic Centre to order me in an 18" high one. This was the best choice I made as having the high has made a dramatic impact to the visuals of the tank.

Update ( November 2014) I have just given the tank a over hall and change the substrate from gravel to sand as I wanted it to be planted with live plants and what difference this makes.



The filtration I use on this tank is 2 Fluval external canister filters (One 305 and one 306 just added) I used 2 filters to increase the circulation and flow rate within the tank.

I use the 305 with sponge filters and bioMax this filter also runs my CO2 reactor. The new 306 which I added in the November update is running in the default configuration i.e. The set up that comes out of the box.

I chose to run 2 filters instead of using 1 filter and 1 powerhead for circulation. As adding extra filtration in my book is always a good thing as you can never have too much friendly bacteria.


I have just invested in an LED lighting strip, I will update this when I have locked in my lighting schedule is still adjusting to get optimal performance from them.


Please see filtration for more info.




My tank as the following :-
Neon Tetra = 3
Gold Gouarmi = 1
Bristenose Pleco = 2
Scissor Tail Rasbora = 1

I am thinking about getting Amano Shrimp and Red Cherrt Shrimp to make up the cleanup crew. I will also be restocking the Scissor Tail's and adding more Neon Tetra as well.

30 Fish

2 Bristlenose Pleco Ancistrus Triradiatus
10 Glowlight Tetra Hemigrammus erythrozonus
Gold Gourami Trichogaster trichopterus
3 Guppy Poecilia Reticulata
10 Neon Tetra Paracheirodon Innesi
3 Neon Tetra Paracheirodon Innesi
Scissortail Rasbora Rasbora trilineata

11 Invertebrate

2 Assassins snail Clea helena
2 Japonica Amano Shrimp Caridina japonica
5 Red Cherry Shrimp Neocaridina denticulata sinensis
2 Zebra Nerite Neritina natalensis sp.


It is too difficult to state parameters for my water as there's always going to be slight increases and decreases in all aspects of water quality. My goal is to keep the water in good health for my plant's and fish and adjust things as necessary.


The only dosing I do on my tank is EI (Estimated Index) which is the fertiliser for the Live plants. In my view this is the most easiest way to fertilise a planted tank.

The results are absolutely stunning and it's worth a little bit of extra time it takes to mix up a 500ml bottle of Macro and a 500ml bottle of Micro which las about 2 weeks.

The cost savings are absolutely phenomenal compare to premixed solutions bought from aquatic centres.

Feeding See more

Flaked Food · Bloodworm · Cucumber
I feed a huge variety of different topical foods including flake, pallet and vegetables. I feed the fish twice a day morning and afternoon and remove any leftover food after approximately 5 minutes, so you could say the fish haven't we can eat buffet.


I'm investing heavily with my time to keep the tank looking stunning. In total I spend about four hours a day doing routine maintenance cleaning etc. It's easier to keep on top of it than to let it go and do all at a late date.

On average you perform a 50.3% water change every 7 days.

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Inspiration & Goals

My inspiration came from seeing all the lovely planted tanks in hotels and waiting areas etc. So I set myself the goal with this tank to create a stunning aqua escape.

Words of Wisdom

Research research and more research as changing one aspect can often have a knock-on effect to the rest of the ecosystem within your tank.

Disasters & Regrets

I only regret I have is I didn't take this hobby seriously when I first started many years ago. To have a stunning and healthy tank, you have to be prepared to put the time and effort in. This will involve some cost (this hobby is not cheap).

If all you want to do is look at fish then go to your pet store and have a look in there, as that is the only way you can see fish with out putting in your time and effort in.