Top 10 Freshwater Tanks 2014

Rated #1: 60 Gallons Freshwater Fish Tank

Rated #1: 60 Gallons Freshwater Fish Tank - After umpteen trips to various stores for lighting, plants, fish and such, plus equally umpteen deliveries from Amazon for hardware, test kits, etc., this is where I am right now with my new tank. I wanted to create a possible scene from a lake bed in which the fish will have plenty of hiding places and hopefully feel at ease, with their comfort being my first priority, but I tried to balance that with a sort of purposely unkempt/wild look to everything (without looking like no thought was given to it, which I found is harder to do than it sounds), even though I used all artificial plants (but everything else is real, including the driftwood, riverbed gravel and rocks). It's still cycling just a bit, so it's a little cloudy, but I figured it's clear enough to show enough detail to go ahead and grab a picture of it.

Visible in this one are a flame dwarf gourami, some kind of yellow-and-black-and-orange platy that I think might be pregnant, another yellow-and-orange platy, two Bolivians rams, several zebra danios, neon black tetras, a baby rainbow fish, a couple of mollies and some guppies. I have no idea where the hillstream loach is, though, but he's still in there somewhere. :)
State: Arkansas
Country: United States
Rank: #1 out of 165 Freshwater Tanks submitted 2014
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Submitted:
Ratings: 6.96
Number of votes: 262
About Yourself: A photographer and graphic designer by trade, I've long enjoyed taking care of an aquarium, because it's a lot like working in a darkroom. There's chemistry and method and skill involved, but it's very relaxing, and when you see the results of your work, there's a sense of accomplishment, pride and even peace. I prefer a natural-looking environment in my aquarium, though I do also prefer artificial plants, because planted aquariums are a bit more work than I have time for (much like saltwater/reef aquariums). Video of my aquarium can be seen at: http://youtu.be/iVifqpdDWb0
Fish Kept: Fire Red Dwarf Gourami, Gold Panda Lyretail Mollies, Red Tuxedo Guppiess, Zebra Danios, Neon Black Tetras, Rainbow Fish, Hillstream Loach, Platty, Bolivian Rams, Bloodfin Tetras, Black Angelfish, Gold Gourami
Corals/Plants: None (except artificial plants)
Tank Size: 60 gallons
Advice: Do your homework (read every aquarium site and forum you can find), get a good test kit (API master test kits are excellent), don't panic when your water clouds up when you first set up your tank, even when clarifiers won't get rid of it (this is just bacterial bloom, and it'll clear up on its own as the tank gets established), keep up on your water changes and gravel vacuuming, don't overstock, don't overfeed, don't over-treat with chemicals, and, most importantly, don't over-fuss. It's easy to take care of your tank and your fish as long as you approach it as being nothing more than a series of very simple steps that, if you follow them, will just work out.
Description: After umpteen trips to various stores for lighting, plants, fish and such, plus equally umpteen deliveries from Amazon for hardware, test kits, etc., this is where I am right now with my new tank. I wanted to create a possible scene from a lake bed in which the fish will have plenty of hiding places and hopefully feel at ease, with their comfort being my first priority, but I tried to balance that with a sort of purposely unkempt/wild look to everything (without looking like no thought was given to it, which I found is harder to do than it sounds), even though I used all artificial plants (but everything else is real, including the driftwood, riverbed gravel and rocks). It's still cycling just a bit, so it's a little cloudy, but I figured it's clear enough to show enough detail to go ahead and grab a picture of it. Visible in this one are a flame dwarf gourami, some kind of yellow-and-black-and-orange platy that I think might be pregnant, another yellow-and-orange platy, two Bolivians rams, several zebra danios, neon black tetras, a baby rainbow fish, a couple of mollies and some guppies. I have no idea where the hillstream loach is, though, but he's still in there somewhere. :)

Rated #2: 450 Gallons Freshwater Fish Tank

Rated #2: 450 Gallons Freshwater Fish Tank - Mlawi tank
Country: Hungary
Rank: #2 out of 165 Freshwater Tanks submitted 2014
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Submitted:
Ratings: 6.17
Number of votes: 224
Fish Kept: Malawi Cichlid
Corals/Plants: Vizikalasz
Tank Size: 450 gallons
Advice: Nothing
Description: Mlawi tank

Rated #3: 160 Gallons Freshwater Fish Tank

Rated #3: 160 Gallons Freshwater Fish Tank - My main tank
Country: United Kingdom
Rank: #3 out of 165 Freshwater Tanks submitted 2014
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Submitted:
Ratings: 6.07
Number of votes: 241
About Yourself: Been keeping exotics for many years. Have Koi, parrots and snakes.
Fish Kept: Red Bellied Piranha
Corals/Plants: NA
Tank Size: 160 gallons
Advice: Get the species you really want
Description: My main tank

Rated #4: 75 Gallons Freshwater Fish Tank

Rated #4: 75 Gallons Freshwater Fish Tank - My planted tank
Country: United Kingdom
Rank: #4 out of 165 Freshwater Tanks submitted 2014
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Submitted:
Ratings: 5.91
Number of votes: 242
About Yourself: Engineer from Scotland uk Married with 2 kids
Fish Kept: Snakeskin Discus, Cardinal Tetra, Flash Pleco (L204), Harlequin Rasbora, German Blue Ram, Otocinclus Catfish, Sterba's Cory
Corals/Plants: Various plants mostly easy to keep ones
Tank Size: 75 gallons
Advice: Research before you buy anything
Description: My planted tank

Rated #5: 75 Gallons Freshwater Fish Tank

Rated #5: 75 Gallons Freshwater Fish Tank - 75 gallon cichlid tank
State: North Carolina
Country: United States
Rank: #5 out of 165 Freshwater Tanks submitted 2014
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Submitted:
Ratings: 5.85
Number of votes: 211
Fish Kept: (5) Zebra Danio (1) Bumblebee Cichlid (PSeudotropheus Crabo) (1) Yellow Tail Acei (Pseudotropheus sp. "Acei") (2) Pombo Rocks Cichlid (Pseudotropheus Demasoni) (1) Maingano (Pseudotropheus Cyaneorhabdos) (1) Kenyi (Metriaclima Lombardoi) (5) Red Zebra (Metriaclima Estherae Red) (6) Red Top Cobalt Zebra (MAylandia Mbenjii) (1) Elongatus (Pseudotropheus sp. Elonatus) (1) Kalingo (Nimochromis Livingstonii)
Corals/Plants: none
Tank Size: 75 gallons
Advice: do your research and be patient
Description: 75 gallon cichlid tank

Rated #6: 125 Gallons Freshwater Fish Tank

Rated #6: 125 Gallons Freshwater Fish Tank - 125 g african cichlid.
Country: Canada
Rank: #6 out of 165 Freshwater Tanks submitted 2014
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Submitted:
Ratings: 5.77
Number of votes: 250
Fish Kept: Peacock Cichlid
Corals/Plants: .
Tank Size: 125 gallons
Advice: read everything you can.
Description: 125 g african cichlid.

Rated #7: 55 Gallons Freshwater Fish Tank

Rated #7: 55 Gallons Freshwater Fish Tank
State: North Carolina
Country: United States
Rank: #7 out of 165 Freshwater Tanks submitted 2014
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Submitted:
Ratings: 5.63
Number of votes: 205
Corals/Plants: amazon swords, red flame swords, java ferns, crypts, baby tears, sagittaria, rotala, hair grass, moss.
Tank Size: 55 gallons
Advice: enjoy it!

Rated #8: 65 Gallons Freshwater Fish Tank

Rated #8: 65 Gallons Freshwater Fish Tank - 65 gal discus tank. Discus, Diamond Tetras, Otos, Bristlenose Plecos, Amano Shrimp
State: Arizona
Country: United States
Rank: #8 out of 165 Freshwater Tanks submitted 2014
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Submitted:
Ratings: 5.57
Number of votes: 230
Fish Kept: Royal Blue Discus, Diamond Tetra, Otocinclus Catfish, Bristle-nose Catfish
Corals/Plants: Rotala, anubias, sword, jungle veil, triflora, crypts, several others I forgot the names
Tank Size: 65 gallons
Advice: Read a lot, educate yourself, pick the brains of the staff of your LFS. Don't be afraid to to set up your tank the way you want it
Description: 65 gal discus tank. Discus, Diamond Tetras, Otos, Bristlenose Plecos, Amano Shrimp

Rated #9: 150 Gallons Freshwater Fish Tank

Rated #9: 150 Gallons Freshwater Fish Tank - My severum tank.
State: Virginia
Country: United States
Rank: #9 out of 165 Freshwater Tanks submitted 2014
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Submitted:
Ratings: 5.52
Number of votes: 205
Fish Kept: Severum
Corals/Plants: Fake plants
Tank Size: 150 gallons
Advice: Take ur time
Description: My severum tank.

Rated #10: 75 Gallons Freshwater Fish Tank

Rated #10: 75 Gallons Freshwater Fish Tank - Lake Malawi Cichlids.  75 gallon All-Glass aquarium with an Eheim Ecco canister filter and an Eheim Wet/Dry canister filter.  Lighting is a Deep Blue Professional SolarFlare DX LED.  ATG 3d rock wall background.  Rockscapes are all natural stone...mostly sand stone and lace rock.
State: Ohio
Country: United States
Rank: #10 out of 165 Freshwater Tanks submitted 2014
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Submitted:
Ratings: 5.52
Number of votes: 242
Fish Kept: Lake Malawi Cichlids. Mbuna and Haps. Acei Cichlid, Cobalt Blue Cichlids, Red Zebra Cichlids, Electric yellow haps, Kenyi Cichlids, Sailfin Pleco (L-83), Zebra Loach
Corals/Plants: Brazilian Swards.
Tank Size: 75 gallons
Advice: Keep up on your water changes.
Description: Lake Malawi Cichlids. 75 gallon All-Glass aquarium with an Eheim Ecco canister filter and an Eheim Wet/Dry canister filter. Lighting is a Deep Blue Professional SolarFlare DX LED. ATG 3d rock wall background. Rockscapes are all natural stone...mostly sand stone and lace rock.
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