Advice:Dont listen to most of the advice you get in the stores as most are just tring to get your money! Providing you keep on top of water changes and vacuming debris there is no need to constantly be adding chemicals and changing expensive filter media. I run 2 filters and and clean 1 every 2 weeks so they each get a clean every 4 weeks but i always change about 30% of the water each week. A good tip is to not to throw away carbon after it has been used but dry it in a low oven overnight then it can be reused time and time again. This all seems to work for my tank and i always have clear non smelling water and have had no disease yet and very rarely lose a fish.
About Yourself:Started with a 1.5 gallon beta tank. went to a 10 gall then a 20 then a 29 then a 55. I'm stopping here for a while.
Big fan of fish keeping. Hope to get a Frontosa tank soon as well as a general tropical tank.
Fish Kept:Mbuna, Peacocks, Haps, and some victorian.
Corals/Plants:Plants are fake. Rocks of from a local river in South Carolina
Quote:Don't believe everything people tell you, even if they are knowledgeable, take everything with a grain of salt.
About Yourself:I am a 17 year old student who got into this hobby because my dad had a 55 gal for years, and growing up i loved it. After digging through the basement four years ago I found it, set it up and put some sunnies i got from a lake in it, and have been expanding ever since. Before i got my tank i spent at least four or five hours a night for a month researching, and it paid off. Currently have a 125 gallon, a 75 gallon, 2- 55 gallons, a 30 gallon, a 15 gallon, a 10 gallon, and a 5.5 gallon.
Description:My 55 gal cichlid tank w/Lake Malawi cichlids...white sand...2 underwater lights...green and red. Lace Rock. Using a fluval 305 canister filter. An overhead dual coral life aquarium lite w/one blue bulb and one white bulb.
About Yourself:I enjoy predatory fish keeping, muscle cars, and trying to stay healthy.
Fish Kept:All types of peacock bass from the very common to the very rare. Large native fish including largemouth bass and others. Several various predatory catfish. All kinds of South American and Central American cichlids...to name a few.
Advice:My water got soooo much clearer when I bought the Eheim canister. I used to have 3 Emperors, which gave the water plenty of flow. Filter Floss is also great for polishing your water, as I use them in the gray inserts of the Emperors. Really makes a big difference in clarity.
Advice:Have a vision in mind before you begin, map out the look you are going for, the fish you'll want and consider any special living requirements they will require. Be patient, make sure it is exactly what you were hoping for and most of all have fun!
Description:New 55gal. setup. My daughter and I designed this — we call it the "Hometree"