Corals/Plants:Rainbow slate, basalt rock, fake plants, and driftwood
Advice:Read a lot, and learn as much as possible! Used tanks are much cheaper if you can find them! Water changes are important...keeps your water clear and your fish happy :)
Description:My 38 gal. tank with Demasoni cichlids, Bumblebee krabro cichlids, and Red Zebra cichlids. Basalt rocks, real driftwood and fake plants. Silica sand substrate, sponge filter and penguin bio wheel filtration.
Quote:When I die, I want to go peacefully like my Grandfather did, in his sleep -- not screaming, like the passengers in his car.
About Yourself:I am in college and wanted a pet i could care for mostly on the weekends and was relatively inexpensive, i have always liked watching fish and want to put together a decent mbuna tank.
Fish Kept:I am experimenting around right now and am just trying to find what will and won't work with my given setup. Anything that bullies the tank too much will be traded in. That being said heres what I am keeping:
Pseudotropheus Saulosi - 2M, 4F
Melanochromis Auratus - 1M
Pseudotropheus Socolofi - 2M
Tropheops sp "yellow chin" - 1F
Cynotilapia afra - 1M, 1F
Synodontis nigriventris (Upside Down Catfish) - 6 Assorted
Busy Nose Pleco - 2
Advice:Don't try to mess with your PH if you are just entering the hobby, stick with fish that do well on your tap (get a PH measuring kit if you are unsure) . Over filtration is always better than under filtration, and lots of water changes make happy fish (just make sure to neutralize Chloramines).
Description:This is my first African Cichlid tank. The fish are lake Malawi species with the exception of 2 Bushy Nose Plecs. I used about 150 lbs. of lace rock for all the caves and 120 Ibs. of Aragonite substrate. Photo taken about a month after setup.
Advice:Salt or fresh water, they're both two worlds I enjoy doing. The only difference is PRICE! No need to discriminate, please do the same.
As my coworker who likes to quote his little 20g saltwater tank as the "Mercedes of the aquarium world" ...Three expensive and dead fish later, he's selling his tank! lol
Description:An older pic. I now use black flourite gravel. This was before I had the blackbeard algae infestation.
About Yourself:I'm an aquarium newb! I love to scubadive and play paintball.
Fish Kept:8 Zebra Danios, 8 Fancy Guppies (mix of Lemon and Blue Cobras), 9 Cardinal Neon Tetra, 3 Albino Bristlenose Plecos, 5 Lyretail Mollys (2 black males, 3 black females, 5 Angels, 9 Rummynose Tetras
Corals/Plants:White Reef rock and Rainbow rock. Fake Dragon Flame, Colorama grass, Octopus plant, and 2 Advenitious Sword plants. Also have a few tall background plants and some plastic fry hideouts tucked inside the background. The driftwood is real... Java moss and a few Amazon and Java ferns coming soon.