Photo Caption:UPDATED and GROWN OUT: Final set-up of my 30 gallon Planted Community tank. Tank gets co2 and liquid fertilizer, no special substrate, just play sand and no special lighting. The main fish are my paired Bolivian Rams. Tank has 2 pieces of driftwood, a large piece and a small piece of Mopani wood. There are small river rocks for the Rams to spawn on and all plants are real. Tied to the big driftwood is Java ferns, Java Moss and Christmas Moss. Floating in the top corner is a clump of Hornwort which my Gourami and Dwarf Frogs like to hang out in. I have a Philodendron house vine rooting in the tank next to the filter output. You can see the roots coming down into the tank; it is even growing leaves inside the water now. It has taken me 2 years of fussing and tweaking to get this tank the way I have always wanted. All natural, nothing fake in it.
Description: 30 Gallon: Community Tank with Bolivian Rams & assorted tank mates 55 Gallon: Lake Malawi African Mbuna Cichlids. 10 & 20 Gallon: holds fry and holding females
Advice: Read all you can about a type of fish you are thinking about. Do your research first!! Don't just buy on impulse, you may very well regret it. ALWAYS remember, those small fish you bring home will grow up someday, so take that into account. Use adult size when filling a tank, not the size they are right from the store. No, you cannot keep community fish with African cichlids! They may all get along now, but when the cichlids reach maturity they WILL kill off the community fish!
Fish Kept: 30 Community Tank: 2 Bolivian Rams, 2 African Dwarf Frogs, 2 Oto Cats, 4 Cory's, groups of Zebra Danios, Neon Tetras, Rummy Nose Tetras, and a Mystery Snail.
55 Gallon African Mbuna Tank.
* 2m/2F Labidochromis caeruleus (Electric Yellow Labs)
* 1m/4F Metriaclima estherae (Red Zebra)
* 1M/4F Pseudotropheus sp. "Acei"
* 1M/3F Lab. Permutts
* 1M Labidochromis sp. "Hongi" (SRT)
**10 & 20 gallon tanks: Assorted fry from Bolivian Rams and African Mbunas.
Corals/Plants: Amazon Swords, Melon Swords, Java Firms and Java Moss. Christmas Moss, Hornwort, Wisteria, Onion plant, and many others I cannot remember the names.
Quote: **Living in the past is the only prison that will prevent you from soaring into an abundant future**
About Yourself: My son gave me a 20 gallon tank 2 years ago and that grew into a 55 gallon Lake Malawi Mbuna set-up, and a 30 gallon planted community set-up and 2 fry tanks. I really enjoy watching the interactions and parenting behaviors of my fish.