Top 10 Freshwater Tanks 2016

Rated #1: 14 Gallons Freshwater Fish Tank

Rated #1: 14 Gallons Freshwater Fish Tank - First tank.  Set up for my boys, but I already have an unhealthy obsession....
Country: United Kingdom
Rank: #1 out of 95 Freshwater Tanks submitted 2016
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Submitted:
Ratings: 6.02
Number of votes: 125
Corals/Plants: None
Tank Size: 14 gallons
Advice: Patience, patience, patience
Description: First tank. Set up for my boys, but I already have an unhealthy obsession....

Rated #2: 150 Gallons Freshwater Fish Tank

Rated #2: 150 Gallons Freshwater Fish Tank - Mixed African cichlid tank
State: Texas
Country: United States
Rank: #2 out of 95 Freshwater Tanks submitted 2016
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Submitted:
Ratings: 5.99
Number of votes: 164
Quote: This is the last tank I'll ever have. Until the next one.
Fish Kept: Frontosa Cichlid, Various peacocks, Electric Yellow Mbuna Cichlid, Yellow Lab Cichlid, Blue Johanni, Albino Socolofii, Acei Cichlid, Bumblebee Cichlid, Blue Dolphin Cichlid, Auratus Cichlid, Texas Cichlid, Green Terror, Kenyi Cichlid, Pseudotropheus Elongatus Cichlid, Compressiceps Cichlid, Red Zebra Cichlid, Venastus Cichlid, Julidochromis Regani Cichlid
Corals/Plants: Crushed coral substrate. Artificial plants.
Tank Size: 150 gallons
Advice: After 20 years of doing this, I've learned that if you ask 100 people what the best way of doing something is (filtration, lighting, water chemistry, ect) you'll get 100 different answers...and they might all be correct Plan your project before you start, have a vision for your tank and be patient. The final product might take months to achieve. Mistakes can be expensive, but don't give up. Read, read, and read about the fish you want to keep and their natural biotope. Cichlid tanks can, and probably should, be "over-populated" to dilute their natural aggression. Everyone gets chased equally. IMHO, frequent water changes, particularly in a large aquarium, are overrated once a clean tank is established. I only add water to top off the tank, and rarely do significant water changes. My water chemistry stays stable with no detectable nitrates and my fish are breeding. Filtration is the key, but whether you use biologic, chemical, mechanical, or whatever combination thereof does not matter as long as you have enough flow to maintain a stable system. Algae in an aquarium is an inevitability. Algae control is the name of the game. Get it to grow where you want, ie out of site, and not where you don't. Nerite snails are the best (even if you have a live planted tank--they don't eat anything but algae). In my tank, I allow a constant algae bloom in my refugium. My LED up top is excellent for fish viewing, but not so much that it fuels algae growth in my deeper tank.
Description: Mixed African cichlid tank

Rated #3: 10 Gallons Freshwater Fish Tank

Rated #3: 10 Gallons Freshwater Fish Tank - My Aqua One Aspire55 with Green Neon Rasbora.
Country: United Kingdom
Rank: #3 out of 95 Freshwater Tanks submitted 2016
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Submitted:
Ratings: 5.91
Number of votes: 192
Fish Kept: 1 x Drawf Gourami (M) 5 x Amano Shrimp 9 x Green Neon Rasbora
Corals/Plants: Plastic or silk.
Tank Size: 10 gallons
Advice: The fish are the finishing touch. Make sure the tank stands out before adding fish.
Description: My Aqua One Aspire55 with Green Neon Rasbora.

Rated #4: 95 Gallons Freshwater Fish Tank

Rated #4: 95 Gallons Freshwater Fish Tank - My 95 Gallon DIY 3D background setup
State: New York
Country: United States
Rank: #4 out of 95 Freshwater Tanks submitted 2016
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Submitted:
Ratings: 5.9
Number of votes: 171
Corals/Plants: Only plastic plants since africans seem to eat the plants
Tank Size: 95 gallons
Advice: I tend to shop cheap and effective. I like DIYs and would rather make it when applicable. **not cuz its an Ehiem means its the best**
Description: My 95 Gallon DIY 3D background setup

Rated #5: 120 Gallons Freshwater Fish Tank

Rated #5: 120 Gallons Freshwater Fish Tank - My 120g African Cichlid Peacock / Hap Show Tank with a few odd balls! :D
Country: Canada
Rank: #5 out of 95 Freshwater Tanks submitted 2016
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Submitted:
Ratings: 5.82
Number of votes: 192
Fish Kept: Venustus Cichlid, Compressicep Cichlid, Dragon Blood Peacock Cichlid, Livingstonii, Peacock Cichlid, Deepwater Hap
Corals/Plants: NONE
Tank Size: 120 gallons
Advice: Have fun!
Description: My 120g African Cichlid Peacock / Hap Show Tank with a few odd balls! :D

Rated #6: 70 Gallons Freshwater Fish Tank

Rated #6: 70 Gallons Freshwater Fish Tank - 70 gallon tall unplanted community tank
State: California
Country: United States
Rank: #6 out of 95 Freshwater Tanks submitted 2016
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Submitted:
Ratings: 5.81
Number of votes: 157
Fish Kept: Angelfish, Albino Corydoras, Hi-Fin White Skirt Tetra, Glofish Tetra, Zebra Nerite Snails, Amano Shrimp
Corals/Plants: lucky bamboo in hob filter
Tank Size: 70 gallons
Advice: take your time
Description: 70 gallon tall unplanted community tank

Rated #7: 220 Gallons Freshwater Fish Tank

Rated #7: 220 Gallons Freshwater Fish Tank - Custom Wall Cabinet
220 Gallon 72Lx30Hx22W
Hardscape
50 Fish
LED
Country: Canada
Rank: #7 out of 95 Freshwater Tanks submitted 2016
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Submitted:
Ratings: 5.78
Number of votes: 180
About Yourself: Hello Guys, thank you for voting!!! I started with a Betta a few years ago on my office desk, LOL. I knew nothing about fish keeping when I started. I went and purchased a 30 gallon freshwater tank and all the starter stuff, I enjoyed community tank environments which lead to add a 90 gal aquarium next. Another thing was dealing with independent fish stores (not big box for advice) and talking with the owners they helped me add compatible mates because this reduces aggression and my sanity. All my fish are aggressive and you have to be willing to remove a tank mate if they are not fitting in (exchange it or give it away after trying to isolating it for a couple days in a hang on plastic jail). I found the larger the tank the easier it was to maintain the water condition, less swings and this made the whole experience more enjoyable for me. I took the plunge six months ago to add a built-in 220 gallon aquarium which is in the picture here, I love it!!! I do two 25% water changes every week because I like to feed my fish lots (2x?s a day) but with that comes the work of maintaining the chemistry and canister cleanings. I feed fresh in the morning and granules in the late afternoon to keep everyone happy. Note: I also started with hang on filters but found that when I would come home I could smell the fish; this was solved with installing a closed filtration system (Canister filtration) huge difference and well worth the money. I have learned lots from talking with long time fish people, reading and watching online. Have a great day, thanks again for your vote.
Corals/Plants: Local rocks - Hardscape with 4' Driftwood
Tank Size: 220 gallons
Advice: Go bigger from the start (tank size), always over filter, do water changes often (buy a siphon vacuum gravel hose system!!!) Enjoy your new friends and the hobby.
Description: Custom Wall Cabinet 220 Gallon 72Lx30Hx22W Hardscape 50 Fish LED

Rated #8: 240 Gallons Freshwater Fish Tank

Rated #8: 240 Gallons Freshwater Fish Tank - My 240l bow front tank 
4 months old
Country: United Kingdom
Rank: #8 out of 95 Freshwater Tanks submitted 2016
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Submitted:
Ratings: 5.75
Number of votes: 165
Corals/Plants: Can't remember all the plant names
Tank Size: 240 gallons
Advice: Don't think I should I should be giving advice, still have a lot to learn myself
Description: My 240l bow front tank 4 months old

Rated #9: 80 Gallons Freshwater Fish Tank

Rated #9: 80 Gallons Freshwater Fish Tank - African mbuna cichlid tank
Country: Australia
Rank: #9 out of 95 Freshwater Tanks submitted 2016
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Submitted:
Ratings: 5.74
Number of votes: 163
Quote: "I wish I had a better camera"
About Yourself: First time cichlid tank so still learning
Fish Kept: Electric Yellow Cichlid, Electric Yellow Cichlid, Red Zebra Cichlid, Bristle-nose Catfish, Synodontis Multipunctatus Catfish, Demasoni Cichlid, Bumblebee Cichlid, Red Zebra Cichlid, Hongi, Acei Cichlid
Corals/Plants: None just algae that the fish love to graze on
Tank Size: 80 gallons
Advice: Research everything
Description: African mbuna cichlid tank

Rated #10: 68 Gallons Freshwater Fish Tank

Rated #10: 68 Gallons Freshwater Fish Tank - 850lt
Country: Australia
Rank: #10 out of 95 Freshwater Tanks submitted 2016
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Submitted:
Ratings: 5.72
Number of votes: 160
Corals/Plants: cdvd
Tank Size: 68 gallons
Advice: never give up
Description: 850lt
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