2012 Top 10 Freshwater Tanks
Rated #1: twice_bitten1
Number of votes: 80
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
Number of votes: 78
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: mhillary1
Number of votes: 74
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 #4: jblaylock
Number of votes: 74
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 #5: Brandon82
Number of votes: 81
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 #6: Marecke
Number of votes: 83
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: jayjay1958
Number of votes: 84
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 #8: mandyf
Number of votes: 86
About Yourself: new to the breed but have had tanks for many years
Fish Kept: Red Zebra Yellow Zebra Yellow Lab Red Top Kimpuna Yellow Tail Acei Kenyi Afra Cobue Albino Socolofi Mixed Blue Kimpuna/Yellow Lab mix Yellow Zebra/Red Zebra Mix Elec Blue Hap Male Sturtigranti Peacock Female Black Zebra Convict Pink Convict Albino Chinese Algae Eater Sail FIn Pleco Bristlenose Pleco Weather loach
Corals/Plants Kept: none
Tank Size: 90
Advice: Plan out exactly what you like before you buy. Don\'t be afraid to change things around every once in a while.
Description: Lake Malawi Mbuna Reef Tank 90 Gal 48"x18"x24" Hard Water with salt buffer 200lbs of various real rock aragonite, crushed coral and live sand mix 1 flourescent tube 3 LED light bubblers 1 bubble snake Rena Digital Heater XP3 canister filter LED Day/Moon light Deep Water airpump Day/Night Timer Residents Red Zebra Yellow Zebra Yellow Lab Red Top Kimpuna Yellow Tail Acei Kenyi Afra Cobue Albino Socolofi Mixed Blue Kimpuna/Yellow Lab mix Yellow Zebra/Red Zebra Mix Elec Blue Hap Male Sturtigranti Peacock Female Black Zebra Convict Pink Convict Albino Chinese Algae Eater Sail FIn Pleco Bristlenose Pleco Weather loach
Rated #9: benjamin1893
Number of votes: 77
Fish Kept: 1 Frontosa ciclid, 1 Black ghost knife, 1 African Leaf fish, 1 Dinosaur Bichir, 1 Ram ciclid, 3 kinds of Peacock ciclids, 3 electric blue ciclids, 4 electric yellow ciclids, 1 Afra ciclid, 2 Acei, 1 Angelica Boita, 2 Jack Dempsy, 2 African Featherfin catfish, 2 Black convicts (male and female), 1 rubber lip pleco, 1 Chinese algae eater, 2 Auratus ciclid (blue and yellow), 1 orange ciclid, 1Geophegus,peacock eel and moliro ciclid
Corals/Plants Kept: 14 fake plants
Tank Size: 55
Advice: Take building a tank slow don't rush it
Description: 3 ornament, 55 gallon tank, Stand (I built), Background, Pure white sand, Digital thermometer, 2 24 inch glass canopy, 2 marineland 24 inch led's, 48 inch double t5 fixture, Actinic bulb, 10k bulb, Extra color-max bulb, 950 circulation fan, 500 circulation fan, 30 powerhead, 80 gallon fluval heater, Marineland 100 gallon canister, 2 6 plug timers, Auto feeder, Lots of dead rock FISH: 1 Frontosa ciclid, 1 Black ghost knife, 1 African Leaf fish, 1 Dinosaur Bichir, 1 Ram ciclid, 3 kinds of Peacock ciclids, 3 electric blue ciclids, 4 electric yellow ciclids, 1 Afra ciclid, 2 Acei, 1 Angelica Boita, 2 Jack Dempsy, 2 African Featherfin catfish, 2 Black convicts (male and female), 1 rubber lip pleco, 1 Chinese algae eater, 2 Auratus ciclid (blue and yellow), 1 orange ciclid, 1Geophegus,peacock eel and moliro ciclid
Rated #10: Steveboos
Number of votes: 74
Fish Kept: Cichlids, community fish
Corals/Plants Kept: Lots
Tank Size: 125
Advice: Do tons of research!!
Description: 125 Gallon Malawi Cichlid tank. Yellow Labs, Acei, Demasoni's, and a OB Peacock.