Photo Caption:My aggressive buggers tank. Got 2 Mbuna Cichlids, Synodontis Catfish, Tiger Botia Loach, Banded Leporinus, Rainbow Shark, Spotted Climbing Perch, Striped Headstander, Chinese Algae Eater, Blue Crayfish, Amazon River Prawn, and 5 Mystery Snails in there. Sorry about the quality, took the pic. with my phone's camera.
Description: 60 gallon tank with Emperor 400 Bio-wheel Powerfilter; 250w Visi-therm Stealth heater; Rena 300 air pump with bubble wand placed under substrate; 48" single bulb fluorescent light fixture. Deep river natural gravel substrate, real and fake lava rock, petrified wood, and cured driftwood.
Advice: Never hurry any process or you're going to find yourself in a lot of trouble very quickly. Take as long to cycle as you can, and find out everything possible about the fish you want before you buy them to ensure compatibility. Don't skip water changes (even if the water looks clean) and test water quality often. Also make the effort to get a quarantine tank, you'll be amazed at how helpful it will be.
Fish Kept: Mix of aggressive species, believe it or not it works out well if you provide a good balance of caves, crevices, territories, and open water. One of each – Labidochromis Caeruleus; Pseudotropheus Lombardoi; Botia Helodes; Synodontis Ocellifer; Ctenopoma Acutirostre; Leporinus Fasciatus; Epalzeorhynchos Frenatus; Anostomus Anostomus; Gyrinocheilus Aymonieri; Procambarus Alleni; Macrobrachium Amazonicum; and 5 Pomacea Bridgesii
Corals/Plants: All fake plants, sometimes I'll throw in some live plants as a supplemental food source.
Quote: It's such a fine line between clever and stupid.
About Yourself: Got into the hobby when my roomate in college got a tank. Been a while but I recently got back into it a few months ago and so far so good. Nothing better than getting home from work, lighting up and zoning out in front of the tank. Much better than TV if you ask me.