About Yourself:Have been into the hobbie all my life as my father had fish. Got my own fish tank when I was around 14 so I've been in the game now for over 15 years.
Fish Kept:Venustus, Blue Dolphin, Dragonblood, Mbumba, Demasoni, Frontosa, Livingstoni, Red Forest Jewell, Electric Yellow, Electric Blue x 2, Clown Loach, Bristlenose Catfish, Red Zebra, Cobalt Blue, Red Top Zebra, Eureka Red Peacock, Red Empress, Marble Peacock, Hajomaylandi, Acei, Latafasciata, Firebird Peacock.
Corals/Plants:Plastic plants with lots of Womera rocks (Australian) as caves for my fishies.
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.
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