Top Ten > Freshwater Tanks All Time > Freshwater Tanks 2012

Rated #1: twice_bitten1

State: None/Other
Country: Canada Canada Flag
Rank: #1 out of 302 Freshwater Tanks submitted 2012
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Submitted: 01/02/2012
Ratings: 5.96
Number of votes: 98
Fish Kept: African Cichlids
Corals/Plants Kept: No plants, yet...
Tank Size: 90
Advice: Don't spend tons at your LFS on things like lighting, check out places like HomeDepot or Lowes, you may be surprised at how much you can save!!
Description: 90 gal. African Cichlid Tank

Rated #2: vadergeta

State: Massachusetts
Country: United States United States Flag
Rank: #2 out of 302 Freshwater Tanks submitted 2012
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Submitted: 03/12/2012
Ratings: 5.76
Number of votes: 106
About Yourself: I had a freshwater tank as a kid that was all cichlids, and my girlfriend got me back into it with this 29 gallon tank as her Christmas gift to me a few years back.
Fish Kept: congos, some left over red eyes, and a clown pleco
Corals/Plants Kept: java fern
Tank Size: 29
Advice: read everything you can, try something at least once and if it doesn't work try something else, eventually it will all work out. Plan as much as you can!
Description: 29gal, I like it, but can't wait to go bigger!

Rated #3: jjjnr

State: Ohio
Country: United States United States Flag
Rank: #3 out of 302 Freshwater Tanks submitted 2012
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Submitted: 04/22/2012
Ratings: 5.74
Number of votes: 101
Fish Kept: Cichlids
Corals/Plants Kept: Artificial - Some plants from craft store to add variety and color
Tank Size: 75
Advice: Filter! Filter! Filter!
Description: 75 Gallon Cichlid Tank

Rated #4: mhillary1

State: None/Other
Country: United Kingdom United Kingdom Flag
Rank: #4 out of 302 Freshwater Tanks submitted 2012
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Submitted: 01/20/2012
Ratings: 5.63
Number of votes: 97
Fish Kept: I have recently changed my setup from tropical fish to a variety malawi cichlids.
Corals/Plants Kept: Trying out various plants to see which are best with cichlids.
Tank Size: 58
Advice: Be creative and give the fish an interesting environment to live in.
Description: My new Malawi Cichlid Tank with a large corner 3D DIY Cave, Crushed coral base, Lime stone rocks, Drift wood and various plants.

Rated #5: jayjay1958

State: None/Other
Country: United Kingdom United Kingdom Flag
Rank: #5 out of 302 Freshwater Tanks submitted 2012
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Submitted: 01/26/2012
Ratings: 5.58
Number of votes: 102
Quote: water change and siphon
About Yourself: i had a few fish tanks when growing up, but i was a teenager then and did what teenagers do. i'm 41 now settled down with family and the little boy loves them.
Fish Kept: 2 silver barbs 5 inches, 2 silver dollars around same size 1red tail shark 5 inches , 1 plec (percy) 8 inches, neon tetra, zebra tetras, red eye tetra, 1 silve shark 6 inches, 1 large angel fish, 3 loaches and about 6 others. all get on well.
Corals/Plants Kept: plastic plants and i also have scottish cobbles from the garden centre, a snip at 6 quid a bag compared to local acquatics store. Ps if anyone could give me a plan on how to have real plants that grow without fish eating them etc pls let me know. Ive read a bit but not been successful
Tank Size: 93
Advice: i am fairly new to hobby(about 2 years). water changes every week 20 - 25% important. get as much advice as you can (but dont believe everything), buuild on experience. Also fish: do research but not all fish which are aggressive are. they are like humans some are some are not, if you know what i mean.
Description: updated pic of tank

Rated #6: Marecke

State: None/Other
Country: Australia Australia Flag
Rank: #6 out of 302 Freshwater Tanks submitted 2012
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Submitted: 04/20/2012
Ratings: 5.56
Number of votes: 111
Quote: "Such is Life" - Ned Kelly
About Yourself: Just love fish...
Fish Kept: Red Zebras, Electric Blue, Yellow Tail Acei and Bristlenose Pleco
Corals/Plants Kept: Java Fern and Anubias
Tank Size: 50
Advice: Research, research and more research...
Description: March's Malawi Tank

Rated #7: Brandon82

State: Oregon
Country: United States United States Flag
Rank: #7 out of 302 Freshwater Tanks submitted 2012
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Submitted: 01/20/2012
Ratings: 5.54
Number of votes: 100
About Yourself: Started with a 10 gallon about 6 years ago wanted bigger so went with the 240
Fish Kept: 1 red belly Pacu, 4 Oscars, 1 frantosa, 2 jaguar chiclids, 1 kissing grami, 1 Pike, 2 plecos, 2 talapia, 2 leperonis, 1 african cichlid, 1 datnoid
Corals/Plants Kept: Fake plants, Bob the pacu eats plants
Tank Size: 240
Advice: Take it slow, don't rush, let it cycle, you will have alot of money if you take it slow.
Description: Sorry for the bad pic, aquarium made by tru view stand custom made by seahorse aquarium in Portland, Oregon I made the hood myself, I love the driftwood look so I have alot of driftwood, got the sand from an aquarium shop that was going out of business,( about 250-300 lbs of sand)

Rated #8: jblaylock

State: Kentucky
Country: United States United States Flag
Rank: #8 out of 302 Freshwater Tanks submitted 2012
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Submitted: 02/05/2012
Ratings: 5.52
Number of votes: 101
About Yourself: US Native Fish are unique and great to keep in the home aquarium. Please visit the North American Native Fishes Association @ www.nanfa.org. Also, visit my website @ www.kycreeks.com
Fish Kept: Multiple species of US Native stream fish: Darters, Shiners, Madtoms, and others. I have roughly 75 fish in the tank
Corals/Plants Kept: Every rock in the tank was specially picked and unique in it's own way. From iron banded sandstone to Quartz Geodes, there is a great array of rocks in this tank. I hand selected all these rocks based on their unique qualities.
Tank Size: 125
Advice: visit my website; www.kycreeks.com and the North American Native Fishes association @ www.nanfa.org
Description: Full Aquarium Setup

Rated #9: MAGIC AQUARIUM

State: None/Other
Country: United Kingdom United Kingdom Flag
Rank: #9 out of 302 Freshwater Tanks submitted 2012
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Submitted: 07/14/2012
Ratings: 5.51
Number of votes: 91
About Yourself: I'am proffesional 3d background designer and builder. I keep african cichlid for 25 years and still have more to learning to keep fish in best possible condition.
Fish Kept: Malawi cichlids
Corals/Plants Kept: Anubias
Tank Size: 170
Advice: Any information is available on google serach
Description: Malawi setup

Rated #10: EnvironmentalBro

State: None/Other
Country: South Africa South Africa Flag
Rank: #10 out of 302 Freshwater Tanks submitted 2012
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Submitted: 02/22/2012
Ratings: 5.46
Number of votes: 96
Quote: 'Those wish to sing, always find a song'
About Yourself: Currently a student of Bsc Zoology and Botany 3rd year. Passionate about the environment and learning everything there is to know about it!
Fish Kept: Haps: Nimbochromis venustus- Giraffe Cichlid (1M/3F) Copadichromis borleyi- Red Fin Borleyi (1m/2F) Protomelas taeniolatus- Red Empress (1M/3F) Crytocara moorii- Blue Dolphin (1M/2F) Placidochromis milomo (1M/3F) Peacocks: Aulonocara baenschi- Aulonocara Benga (4M) 2 Orange form and 2 normal. Getting females soon. Mbuna: Labidochromis caeruleus- Electric Yellows (1M/3F) Metriaclima estherae- Red Zebra (2F i think) Unknown species. Looks like Melanochromis johanni Dwarf cichlids: Pelvicachromis pulcher- Kribensis (1F) Non-Cichlids: Common Pleco- (x2) Chromobotia macracanthus- Clown Loaches (x2)
Corals/Plants Kept: All fake plants.
Tank Size: 150
Advice: My biggest word of advice is to do LOTS of research as their are many things you need to consider when dealing with fairly large and potentially aggressive cichlids. Do NOT buy a fish just because it looks pretty! Its your responibility to ensure the health and happiness of your pets.
Description: My 150Gal(600L) African Cichlid aquarium.