Advice:if u want to keep fishes then u will have to take good care of them meaning u will have to do water chnages, feed them,test the water. also you need to make it look natural and u need to make the water quality look natural thats when your fishes will like your tank
Description:my juwel rio180 malawi cichlid tank setup
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
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
Quote:Don't do today what you can put off until tomorrow.(Only joking, of course)
About Yourself:Have kept a tropical tank for around 30 years and it's that long ago I can't remember what got me into it, probably the beauty of the fish in particular the Siamese Fighting Fish which I managed to breed a few years back. Sat up until around 2.30 am watching them fertilize the eggs and put them into the bubble nest. In general I just love keeping fish and find it rewarding once the tank is all set up and planted out well, the latter being the hardest to do for me.
Fish Kept:Main Tank
Panda catfish -20 ish
Bronze catfish -6
Peppered catfish - 8
Albino catfish - 8
Neon Tetra -20
Glowlight Tetra - 2
Black Emperor Tetra - 6
Silver Dollar - 2
Clown loach - 4
Zebra Danio - 8
Harlequins - 10
Rummy nose Tetra - 6
Humbug catfish- 1
Koi Angels - 2
Golden loach - 2
Khuli loaches - 8
3 bronze cory's
3 albino catfish
1 female siamese (mum and dad have passed now)
1 sucking loach
20 neon tetras.
Advice:Spend plenty of time observing your fish and don't forget to do regular water changes of around 15 to 20% once or twice a week, I do it twice a week. I now use RO water because I have tested my tap water and found that it is high in nitrate.
I have my own RO filtration unit and also use the water for making cups of tea, which I must tell you tastes far better than tap water.
Another thing to remember is always wash your filters in a bucket of water that you have just drained from your tank and NOT under the tap, if you have more than one filter as I do then you can clean one and leave the other for a month, this way you will always have good bacteria in one of them.
There is plenty of good info on the net now, so just read up and filter the info to suit your particular needs.
Description:A different angle shot of the main tank.