When you work in this field it seems that, after a while, everything is already done... Every time I think about a new tank and I draw some interior designs, I ask to myself : how far our artistic inspiration can go to materialize something peculiar that can be the expression of mind and heart while, at the same time, totally respects the guest of the aquarium, the fish?
"Pole Star" comes out as something completely different compared to my previous work. I didn't want to create only a good habitat for animals, I wanted to express a "mood".
When I started thinking of this tank, I was in a "blue" period of time, because nothing was actually happening in my life! I always need some "sparks", some "activity" to feel good, and I was almost depressed.
So, in search of some good news -as a kind of therapy - I started drawing a very strange sketch: a total ice-white aquarium!
Tank : 50 X 30 X 30 cm
Temperature : 24° C.
Lights : 2 X 10.000° Kelvin 14 watt fluorescent tubes (but, until now, used only for a few minutes daily).
Mechanical parts: 1 compact filter 100 lt/h
Animals : 4 Cichlasoma nigrofasciatum juveniles var. white
Chemistry : KH=2, pH=6.8- 7.0, GH=4, NO2=0, NO3=0
Water change: every 2 weeks, 1/3 of the total with only RO water.
Notes: To be honest, this tank is so fascinating that it is almost impossible to materialize, because, since I pushed the rules of nature very far, it is only natural that I was to have some problems.
Let me reassure all animals lovers that, even in this totally white enviroment, fish are acting normally and so far they don't show any stress symptoms!
The troubles, actually, concern the algae!
With all this white surfaces, in the absence of plants and using two 10.000° Kelvin tubes (14 watt each) needed to obtain this "freezing" look, green algae is always ready for an ambush!
I'm still looking for a totally white ancistrus or Hypostomus to keep the tank clean... As long I'll keep only Cichlasoma nigrofasciatum var. White, I'll be forced to turn the lights of the tank off !