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Rated #1: cichlidmania1020

State: Texas
Country: United States United States Flag
Rank: #1 out of 101 Freshwater Tanks submitted 2016
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Submitted: 06/13/2016
Ratings: 6.37
Number of votes: 128
Quote: This is the last tank I'll ever have. Until the next one.
Fish Kept: Frontosa Cichlid, Various peacocks, Electric Yellow Mbuna Cichlid, Yellow Lab Cichlid, Blue Johanni, Albino Socolofii, Acei Cichlid, Bumblebee Cichlid, Blue Dolphin Cichlid, Auratus Cichlid, Texas Cichlid, Green Terror, Kenyi Cichlid, Pseudotropheus Elongatus Cichlid, Compressiceps Cichlid, Red Zebra Cichlid, Venastus Cichlid, Julidochromis Regani Cichlid
Corals/Plants Kept: Crushed coral substrate. Artificial plants.
Tank Size: 150
Advice: After 20 years of doing this, I've learned that if you ask 100 people what the best way of doing something is (filtration, lighting, water chemistry, ect) you'll get 100 different answers...and they might all be correct Plan your project before you start, have a vision for your tank and be patient. The final product might take months to achieve. Mistakes can be expensive, but don't give up. Read, read, and read about the fish you want to keep and their natural biotope. Cichlid tanks can, and probably should, be "over-populated" to dilute their natural aggression. Everyone gets chased equally. IMHO, frequent water changes, particularly in a large aquarium, are overrated once a clean tank is established. I only add water to top off the tank, and rarely do significant water changes. My water chemistry stays stable with no detectable nitrates and my fish are breeding. Filtration is the key, but whether you use biologic, chemical, mechanical, or whatever combination thereof does not matter as long as you have enough flow to maintain a stable system. Algae in an aquarium is an inevitability. Algae control is the name of the game. Get it to grow where you want, ie out of site, and not where you don't. Nerite snails are the best (even if you have a live planted tank--they don't eat anything but algae). In my tank, I allow a constant algae bloom in my refugium. My LED up top is excellent for fish viewing, but not so much that it fuels algae growth in my deeper tank.
Description: Mixed African cichlid tank

Rated #2: Nickb86

State: None/Other
Country: United Kingdom United Kingdom Flag
Rank: #2 out of 101 Freshwater Tanks submitted 2016
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Submitted: 04/08/2016
Ratings: 6.16
Number of votes: 165
Fish Kept: 1 x Drawf Gourami (M) 5 x Amano Shrimp 9 x Green Neon Rasbora
Corals/Plants Kept: Plastic or silk.
Tank Size: 10
Advice: The fish are the finishing touch. Make sure the tank stands out before adding fish.
Description: My Aqua One Aspire55 with Green Neon Rasbora.

Rated #3: acidfood

State: None/Other
Country: United Kingdom United Kingdom Flag
Rank: #3 out of 101 Freshwater Tanks submitted 2016
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Submitted: 12/31/2016
Ratings: 6.14
Number of votes: 90
Fish Kept: Neon Blue Dwarf Gourami, Neon Tetra, Amano Shrimp
Corals/Plants Kept: None
Tank Size: 14
Advice: Patience, patience, patience
Description: First tank. Set up for my boys, but I already have an unhealthy obsession....

Rated #4: CichlidProfile

State: None/Other
Country: Canada Canada Flag
Rank: #4 out of 101 Freshwater Tanks submitted 2016
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Submitted: 03/13/2016
Ratings: 6.1
Number of votes: 166
Fish Kept: Venustus Cichlid, Compressicep Cichlid, Dragon Blood Peacock Cichlid, Livingstonii, Peacock Cichlid, Deepwater Hap
Corals/Plants Kept: NONE
Tank Size: 120
Advice: Have fun!
Description: My 120g African Cichlid Peacock / Hap Show Tank with a few odd balls! :D

Rated #5: ishyfishies

State: New York
Country: United States United States Flag
Rank: #5 out of 101 Freshwater Tanks submitted 2016
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Submitted: 01/16/2016
Ratings: 6.08
Number of votes: 143
About Yourself: Check out my page: https://www.facebook.com/ishysfishies/
Fish Kept: Johanni Cichlid, Afra Cichlid, Red Zebra Cichlid, Cobalt Blue Zebra Cichlid, Kenyi Cichlid, Red Shoulder Peacock, German Red Peacock, Acei Cichlid, Auratus Cichlid, Elongatus Mpanga
Corals/Plants Kept: Only plastic plants since africans seem to eat the plants
Tank Size: 95
Advice: I tend to shop cheap and effective. I like DIYs and would rather make it when applicable. **not cuz its an Ehiem means its the best**
Description: My 95 Gallon DIY 3D background setup

Rated #6: Chocthunder

State: None/Other
Country: Australia Australia Flag
Rank: #6 out of 101 Freshwater Tanks submitted 2016
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Submitted: 07/15/2016
Ratings: 6.05
Number of votes: 131
Quote: "I wish I had a better camera"
About Yourself: First time cichlid tank so still learning
Fish Kept: Electric Yellow Cichlid, Electric Yellow Cichlid, Red Zebra Cichlid, Bristle-nose Catfish, Synodontis Multipunctatus Catfish, Demasoni Cichlid, Bumblebee Cichlid, Red Zebra Cichlid, Hongi, Acei Cichlid
Corals/Plants Kept: None just algae that the fish love to graze on
Tank Size: 80
Advice: Research everything
Description: African mbuna cichlid tank

Rated #7: MorganBigelow

State: California
Country: United States United States Flag
Rank: #7 out of 101 Freshwater Tanks submitted 2016
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Submitted: 12/03/2016
Ratings: 6.04
Number of votes: 121
Fish Kept: Angelfish, Albino Corydoras, Hi-Fin White Skirt Tetra, Glofish Tetra, Zebra Nerite Snails, Amano Shrimp
Corals/Plants Kept: lucky bamboo in hob filter
Tank Size: 70
Advice: take your time
Description: 70 gallon tall unplanted community tank

Rated #8: cholofishguy88

State: None/Other
Country: Canada Canada Flag
Rank: #8 out of 101 Freshwater Tanks submitted 2016
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Submitted: 02/02/2016
Ratings: 5.98
Number of votes: 154
Fish Kept: Red Shoulder Peacock, Haplochromis Obliquidens, Jack Dempsey, Electric Blue Hap, Frontosa Cichlid, Jewel Cichlid, Blue Acara, Midas Cichlid, Strawberry Peacock Cichlid, Compressiceps Cichlid, Calvus Cichlid, Black Ghost Knifefish, Sunshine Peacock, Gold Gourami, Green Terror, Yellow Blaze, Clown Loach, Red Humped Eartheater, Pictus Cat, Brichardi Cichlid
Corals/Plants Kept: Also have milomo cichlid and electric blue crayfish
Tank Size: 60
Advice: Be patient with a new tank, your not the reason the water is cloudy.... just wait it out.
Description: 60 gallon mixed

Rated #9: Globalguy

State: None/Other
Country: Canada Canada Flag
Rank: #9 out of 101 Freshwater Tanks submitted 2016
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Submitted: 02/01/2016
Ratings: 5.97
Number of votes: 151
About Yourself: Hello Guys, thank you for voting!!! I started with a Betta a few years ago on my office desk, LOL. I knew nothing about fish keeping when I started. I went and purchased a 30 gallon freshwater tank and all the starter stuff, I enjoyed community tank environments which lead to add a 90 gal aquarium next. Another thing was dealing with independent fish stores (not big box for advice) and talking with the owners they helped me add compatible mates because this reduces aggression and my sanity. All my fish are aggressive and you have to be willing to remove a tank mate if they are not fitting in (exchange it or give it away after trying to isolating it for a couple days in a hang on plastic jail). I found the larger the tank the easier it was to maintain the water condition, less swings and this made the whole experience more enjoyable for me. I took the plunge six months ago to add a built-in 220 gallon aquarium which is in the picture here, I love it!!! I do two 25% water changes every week because I like to feed my fish lots (2x?s a day) but with that comes the work of maintaining the chemistry and canister cleanings. I feed fresh in the morning and granules in the late afternoon to keep everyone happy. Note: I also started with hang on filters but found that when I would come home I could smell the fish; this was solved with installing a closed filtration system (Canister filtration) huge difference and well worth the money. I have learned lots from talking with long time fish people, reading and watching online. Have a great day, thanks again for your vote.
Corals/Plants Kept: Local rocks - Hardscape with 4' Driftwood
Tank Size: 220
Advice: Go bigger from the start (tank size), always over filter, do water changes often (buy a siphon vacuum gravel hose system!!!) Enjoy your new friends and the hobby.
Description: Custom Wall Cabinet 220 Gallon 72Lx30Hx22W Hardscape 50 Fish LED

Rated #10: inflatamania

State: None/Other
Country: United Kingdom United Kingdom Flag
Rank: #10 out of 101 Freshwater Tanks submitted 2016
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Submitted: 02/15/2016
Ratings: 5.97
Number of votes: 161
About Yourself: I've always been into my fish, more tropical really as I've only had them tanks, but i fancied something different (as close to marine but less time consuming) my mum worked at a local aquatic shop before it closed down when i was very young, my grandfather used to breed oscars, discus & bettas, so i guess its in the blood! i love this tank, i had this put into a partition wall so it can be viewed from both sides, my toddlers love it and i keep them well educated!
Fish Kept: Bumblebee Cichlid, White Tail Acei, Acei Cichlid, Albino Peacock Cichlid, Synodontis Catfish, Borleyi Cichlid, Snow White Ahli, Sulphur Crested Lithobate, Rusty Cichlid, Ruby Red Peacock, Peacock Cichlid, Orange Blossom
Corals/Plants Kept: bleached coral, white ocean rock and coral.
Tank Size: 70
Advice: this is my first cichlid tank!! so easy, just keep up with the water changes (personally i do 30-40% every 5 -7 days, and feed them 1/2 time a day. my fish are thriving and constantly breeding, so i must be doing something right! my and my toddlers love it!
Description: cichlid tank