Quote:its not the size of the fish for the tank..its the tank for the fish...
About Yourself:grew up with fish, getting in the hobby now just recently.the fish brighten up my rooms and i always want to try something new or find room and a reason for more...
Fish Kept:african cichlids are the "smartest fish"-[quote from animal planet's-mutant planet] and right away you will know why... beautiful, smart, and thousands of varieties make them a favorite to keep and breed. do yourself a favor and check them out sooner or later... you will be glad you did.
Advice:learn as much as you can before you commit...care for all the fish's needs and their environment keep only compatable species together- sometimes it is trial and error...doesnt hurt to start small and work as you go, you will alwzays want to try new things and upgrade anyway...filtration and water changes are critical. feed a variety of foods not just flake or pellets. quarentine new fish. spend time watching so you know whats going on, if something changed ,or for the enjoyment... work up to that saltwater tank you are dreaming about...its alot more than just adding marine salt!
About Yourself:58yr old steel worker who has alway love fish mostly fresh water but about 6 mo. ago i tried a 29 tall salt water setup and I WAS HOOK so to say its very fun to watch all the neat things in the salt water world.
Advice:salt water can not be difficult but it can not be hurried eather research is a must on types of fish and coral that will get along with each outher. every thing must be close to perfect condition for a safe healthy tank.
Advice:Take your time, Rush anything and it could all go wrong, and whatever you do, dont overfeed!!
Description:Just started this marine tank, thought Id update its progress as I go.
Lots of Marine Sand, and 15KG of Live Rock to start me off, Currently running the Interpet internal filter until my Tetratec External arrives later in the week, I`ll let them run side by side for a few weeks and then remove the Internal to free a bit of space, Also got two powerheads circulating the water. Live Rock is showing signs off growth and water parameters are looking ok so far, still waiting on my spike to happen until I can even think about any fish....
What do you think of the layout?
Any changes you would make?
About Yourself: I got into hobby about 3 years ago .....I started with a 40 breeder....since then I had over thirty different tanks set up over the last few years...fresh...salt...planted...reef...sa/ca cichlids...african cichilids...barb...catfish....125 to nanos.... I also built some custom set ups for people and set tanks up for people....I'm a true beleiver in the sump system fresh or salt...I do plumbing and electrical by trade so this set up is the most effiecent setup I have done to date all ligths are t5 ho one return pump and two heaters is what runs this system.... I love designing tanks for people and setting them up....to be continued
Advice:Water changes...water changes...I feed heavy every day..and do 90% water changes every week....I also put a layer of peat moss in my sump which the water flows threw to keep my water soft and a low ph....also this whole system runs off of one pump which feeds all tanks and I drilled all tanks to drain into sump
Quote:be patient,work hard and good things
About Yourself:tank was anniversary gift from wife.i have been keeping tanks for about 25 years.
i have just upgraded from a 29 gal and this
is my first 55 gal.i am just a regular hard
working blue collar guy.i deeply enjoy the
aquarium hobby and hope to continue for
years to come.
Fish Kept:three silver dollars,four buenos aries
tetras.more comming soon.
Corals/Plants:artificial corals and plants,a few live plants but will be adding more soon.