Fish Kept:African Cichlids - Too many to list and trust me half are hard to find, for example the 'Wild Caught' Zaire Blue Frontosa or the Venustus, also called the Giraffe Hap
Plecos - 3 Bushy nose
Clown Loaches - 8
Red Panda Barbs - 5
Great Dainos -6
Corals/Plants:Texas Holey Rock 137lbs
Advice:DO YOUR HOMEWORK!!! - Most people don't know as much as they claim.
TAKE YOUR TIME - nothing happens fast or intant in this hobby. Cycling, cures, growth,...nothing.
DON'T COMPROMISE - Get the best stuff for you tank based on your homework.
TEST, TEST, TEST...Water quality is the most important thing in the hobby. Your tap, the tank, the water at the pet shop. Test every bodies water, don't care if they like it or not. Because most pet shops don't give warranties and if the fish is diseased it could kill everything.
READ, READ, READ - For example...Learning how to aclimate properly. Compatibility. Read about who has the best test kits, like Hagen for NH3 or how most copper test kits don't work.
Read from different sources and correlate information since there's lots of conflicting information on web sites and by people posting on different forums.
Where are you going to put the tank? How big of a tank can you realistically place in that location? Will that area support the weight of the aquarium? Estimate ~10 lbs. per gallon which includes substrate and other objects. Are you willing to do 20% water changes of 20 gallons on a 100 gallon tank or would you rather do 20% water changes of 6 gallons on a 20 gallon tank?
How many fish do you expect to see while viewing the aquarium? Size accordingly. Use tool and bounce ideas around with forums members. What type of fish do you want? Are they going to get along together? Do they eat the same food? Can they coexist at the same water temperature and water environment.
Are you going to want live plants? Are you going to pick species that will be able to thrive in the environment that the fish will live in? Are you willing to trim and care for plants as well as the fish?
More questions than answers.
These are some of the questions you should research and have answers to before you buy your equipment. You then need to do your research on the different type of equipment to house your new world.
Quote:You only live life once, just do it to the fullest.
About Yourself:Love this hobby. Last year is when I got back into this. This time full throttle. In addition to this new cichlid aquarium, last summer I built a 2100gallon koi pond w/ 3 cascading waterfalls + 1 large waterfall w/ a 7 ft. drop in my backyard. Also set up a 500g tank in garage for some plants+for holding new fish to prep+treat them for diseases etc. prior to adding them to pond. If you would like to see some pics of the pond or other please feel free to send me a msg. Or if you have any questions abt ponds.
Fish Kept:For inside aquarium with pics, used to hold 2 of my favorite platinum KOI's then had to take them out because they decided to mate and have fry's (KOI babies). Now turned into a Cichlid tank. Currently have 9 various Cichlids, 1 exotic pleco.
Corals/Plants:Several fake ones and 2 live ones. My tank however has mostly different kinds of real rock which helps the PH. Also have a mix of crushed Coral and gravel. Hated dealing with an all natural sand substrate.
Advice:If using an additional PowerHead for good circulation make sure on Timer. Don't keep adding (store bought) chemicals to water. Give enough time for whatever filtration system you are running do its job.
About Yourself:I'm a 25 yr old northern monkey living with southern fairies haha
Fish Kept:2 x Silver Dollars. 2 x Clown Loaches.
1 x Common Angelfish. 1 x Leopold Angelfish. 1 x Pimelodus Pictus. 1 x Dwarf Egyptian Mouthbrooder. 1 x Upside Down Catfish. 1 x Common Pleco. 1 x Tiger Oscar. 2 x Festivums. 1 x Redneck Severum. 1 x Vieja Synspilam. 2 x Convicts
Corals/Plants:Plants are all fake. Two bits of driftwood and some vine root. Going to replace all driftwood with vine root as it looks a lot more natural
Fish Kept:Tropheus Dubosi, Synodintis, Firemouth, Peacocks, Mbunas, Blue Moorii Dolphin, Rainbow, Yoyo Loach, Acei, Cobalt zebra, Jewel, Giant Danio, Obliquiden Clown loach, Silver Scat. to name a fiew. Check out my YouTube videos under the user name Therelimic
Advice:Go big. the bigger an aquarium is the better your fish will do, but the down side is price so just get as big as you can afford. I started with a 10 gallon over 18 years ago. Check out my YouTube videos under the user name Therelimic
Description:350 Gallon Cichlid tank running over 5 years. Check out my YouTube videos under the user name Therelimic
About Yourself:3 1/2 yeare I walked in a pet store and asked what kind of fish were in the tanks. And now I'm on my second 150 gal tank (just put this one together in Oct 09.
Fish Kept:I have mixture of fish from all 3 lakes (malawi, victoria, tanganyika) and few south american goodies. I have 2 phenochoulis, malawi eyebiter, 2 albino peacocks, ob peacoc,, demosoni, parrot, afra cobue, 2 orange compressiceps, black calvus, scribble, cyclindricus, malieri, 3 yoyo loaches, lelepi, electric yellow, blue ahli, hap moori, blue lobster, sunshine peacock, yellow peacock. red kandango, eureeka red, 5 fancy plecos (bushynose, gold nugget, tiger, king tiger, & rhino) and few I can't name off hand.
Quote:races are won by rowers who refuse to be beaten
About Yourself:my quote is from my rowing shed when i rowed at school, while it has nothing to do with fish, i feel the idea behind it can be used for most things in life including aquariums, ive always loved fish ever since my uncle took my fishing when i was about 3, when i got a bit older i convinced my parents to buy me a tank and the rest is history, ive owned African cichlids, Tropicals, gold fish and crustaceans
Fish Kept:Malawi Cichlids. 2 x Electric Blues, 2 x Electric Yellows, 1 x fire blue, 1 x Copper Head, 1 x Demasoni, 1 x OB Cichlid and Various Peacocks
Corals/Plants:3 x Anubias, 2 x Java Fern, 1 Large peice of wood, Bali green stones, other rock collected from Abandoned Quary, fairly fine white substrate
Advice:when starting a tank, be carefull to consider the species of fish you want to keep and research their natural habitat as much as possible, also research the fish you want to keep and choose compatible tank mates, plants rocks and wood. if you follow a few simple guide lines you and your fish will be much happier for it. most of all be creative and spend time planning your layout, take your time and enjoy every minute of it. good luck
About Yourself:I am a small animal vet that also treats koi.
Not had a decent tank for a while due to uni and lack of space. Now back with even more enthusiasJ. just got a 4ft 210l tank, Going to have some sort of Afircan cichlids, undecided as yet. so watch this space. Open to any suggestions!
Fish Kept:1 Festivus
2 black lace angels
zebra and leopard danios
3 khuli loach
3 clown loach
2 opaline gourami
2 blood red drawf gourami
2 gold gourami
1 large plec
Corals/Plants:java fern on bog wood
anubias on bog wood
large silk plant