Description:Just finished setting up my rift tank and would like to share with the world! Ive been addicted to cichlids and have been caring for them for about 5 years now.
Rated #62: 400 Gallons Freshwater Fish Tank
Country: United Kingdom
Rank:#62 out of 4283 Freshwater Tanks submitted all-time 2020 Top 10
Submitted By:SKEMP on
Number of votes:128
About Yourself:Used to breed koi when i was a kid
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:400+ gallon mixed bag tank
Rated #63: 42 Gallons Freshwater Fish Tank
Country: South Africa
Rank:#63 out of 4283 Freshwater Tanks submitted all-time 2020 Top 10
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 #65: 45 Gallons Freshwater Fish Tank
Country: United States
Rank:#65 out of 4283 Freshwater Tanks submitted all-time 2020 Top 10
Rank:#67 out of 4283 Freshwater Tanks submitted all-time 2020 Top 10
Submitted By:ANDY on
Number of votes:94
Quote:PLUG IT WITH A NUGGET- YDNA
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
Rated #68: 90 Gallons Freshwater Fish Tank
Country: United Kingdom
Rank:#68 out of 4283 Freshwater Tanks submitted all-time 2020 Top 10
Submitted By:ryan dashfield on
Number of votes:105
Quote:the world is your lobster (Arthur Daley)
About Yourself:I run this tank with my dad and we fall out about who makes it look the best! so we have both posted pics of our set up on here and then we can let you all decide which looks best.
Fish Kept:Around 30 mixed malawi, plus a few clown loaches and catfish to keep on top of all the fry.
Corals/Plants:Few Plastic plants and 75 kilos of ocean rock and 20 kilos of coral sand
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.
Description:Our Front Room Malawi Aquarium
Rated #69: 55 Gallons Freshwater Fish Tank
Country: United States
Rank:#69 out of 4283 Freshwater Tanks submitted all-time 2020 Top 10
Submitted By:larry on
Number of votes:99
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