Fish Kept:Various south american cichlids (dempsey, texas, brasiliensis, a few firemouths, cons)
Mbuna & Hemichromis variants
Bala sharks, black sharks, clown loach, other botia, ancistrus, pictus, synodontis, a dozen corys, danios and even a shoal of platies :)
A mad mixture of fish, but there's plenty of room and tank is stable and peaceful except at feed time.
Other (6ft) tank has guppies, platies, swordtails, corys, rams and a big ol' severum who's just celebrated his 8th birthday
Corals/Plants:Cryptocorynes, swords, anubias, vallus, canadian pondweed, water lettuce, dwarf water lillies.
For the bigger hericthys, fake plants are better although they don't like to eat java moss.
Dont over crowd
Dont over feed
Big tanks are easier to manage.
Dont skimp on decor as it reduces aggression between species and reduces stress on scaredy fish coz they can hide up.
Many plants are very sensitive to water chemistry, persevere to find the right type.
And buy decent filters and heating systems
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: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
About Yourself:STARTED IN THE HOBBY WHEN I WAS IN 7TH GRADE, HAD A JACK DEMPSY-DIED, THEN OSCARS- VERY DIRTY, WANTED AFRICAN CICHLIDS FOREVER BUT WANTED A PROFESSIONAL SET UP, FINALLY GOT EM AND THE SETUP AND AM VERY HAPPY AND SATISFIED WITH FILTRATION, HAD A FEW COMMUNITY TANKS, I LIKE MY AFRICANS BEST.
SALTWATER SOMEDAY, I HAVE A FRIEND WHO RUNS A CUSTOM AQUATIC BUSINESS, AND APRECIATE HIS HELP, ADVICE, ENTHUSIAM AND HONESTY.
Fish Kept:AFRICAN CICHLIDS. - 2 new lamprologus compressiceps. 3- VENUSTUS' 1- YELLOW AURUATUS, 3 YELLOW LABS, 2 RUSTYS, 1 RED FIN BORLIES, , 1 ELECTRIC BLUE AHLI, 1 RED PEACOCK, 4 KENYIS, 1 BLUE EXASPERATUS, 1 AFRICAN FEATHER FIN CAT-SYNODONTIS, 1 ALBINO PEACOCK, 1 MIXED PEACOCK?, 1 BUMBLE BEA CICHLID, 3 KILLI FISH, 1 PEACOCK? 1 white pindani, 2 brichardis, 5 BLUE JOHANNIS, 2 CHINESE ALGAE EATER, AND 1 LAMP LELUPI, 2 TANGERINE CICHLIDS, 1 YELLOW TOP ZEBRA, 1 HYBRID SYNODONTIS CAT, 2 CHIPOKES, 2 BLUE MOORIS, 2 BLUE AURATUS, ALSO HAVE SOME BABYS (blue johannis, yellow labs, and rustys) THAT WERE CAUGHT AS FRY AND ARE GROWING IN REFUGIUM OF SUMP.
I HAVE PLENTY OF HIDING SPACES AND ANOTHER 20 GALLONS OF WATER BEING CYCLED THRU TANK FROM SUMP FILTER.
FEEDING- SPIRULINA FLAKE, NEW LIFE SPECTRUM CICHLID PELLETS, FROZEN BRINE SHRIMP, GHOST SHRIMP, AND A CAUGHT A DRAGON FLY AND FED IT TO ONE OF EM.
Corals/Plants:real JAVA FERNS, LARGE anubias, and wisteria in refugium.
Advice:LET YOUR TANK CYCLE, GO BIOLOGICAL, GET SOMEONES ESTABLISHED BIOBALLS. WAIT UNTIL YOUR WATER IS READY OR TRY ZEBRA DANIOS AT FIRST. SAVE YOU RECEIPTS FROM ANYTHING YOU BUY.......
Description:75 GAL. BUILT INTO WALL WITH ACCESS IN WALK IN CLOSET AREA. TWO OVER HEAD CAN LIGHTS FOR MAINTENANCE, OVER TOP STRIP LIGHT- MOONLIGHT, 55 GAL SUMP FILTER W. UV STERILIZER AND HEATER BELOW 75 GAL. UTAH LACE ROCK ON SMALL CRUSHED GRAVEL, FEW PEICES OF CRUSHED CORAL, MY LOCAL TAP IS HARD AND GOOD CICHLID PH. THE ENTIRE SETUP WAS CUSTOM BUILT AND INSTALLED BY MYSELF AND HOBBYIST FRIEND/PROFESSIONAL.
ALSO HAVE OLD MAGNUM 350 CANISTER FILTER THAT I USE THE MICRON INSERT AND RUN EVERY SO OFTEN, 20% WATER CHANGE EVERY WEEK.
SWITCHED TO 50/50 REEF SUN BULBS AND WISH I DID LONG AGO. AWESOME COLOR DETAIL.
added a 5.5 gallon refugium/plant tank to the 55 gal sump