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Discussion in 'African Rift Lake Cichlids' started by toddnbecka, Oct 23, 2011.

  1. toddnbecka

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    Picked it up about a month ago, have it up and running now. Couldn't pass up the deal, $550 for the tank, stand/canopy, glass tops, 3' and 4' strip lights (tank is 7'x2'x2') and an FX5 less than a year old. Cost me another $150 for gas and help moving the beast, 25 square feet of 3/4" glass is heavy.
    Substrate is 50 lbs of find-grade gravel similar to pool filter sand and 100 lbs of Black Diamond sandblasting grit. Actually coal slag but looks and acts like sand, except no silica content so no there's diatoms in the new setup.
    Currently running 3 aquaclear 110's and an air-driven hydrosponge to establish the tank. I'll take off 2 of the hob's after the FX5 is running/established. Currently there are only a dozen 2" O. ventralis orange caps in there, and a few BN fry that hitchiked inside a resin tree stuump ornament. Scape is pretty bare, though I did collect some new rocks today, will have them cleaned and in the tank tomorrow.
    I will be moving a group of juvie Synodontis lucipinnis over shortly, and looking to pick up a group of Neolamp buescheri Zaire gold fry next month. Will be getting a pair of plagiostoma spiney eels early next week, and waiting to hear back from someone about M. parva rainbows. If those won't work out in the high pH I'll look into some Cyp's, but I love the color of the M. parva. Also have 6 Phyllonemus typus and a pair of Lophiobagrus cyclurus catfish hanging out in other tanks, might move some of those over too. The P. typus are fry control for 2 constantly spawning pairs of cutteri, and they do an excellent job there.
    Filling the tank to male sure nothing happened while moving it:
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    Left-to-right photo sequence:
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    Resin ornaments that the BN fry came along in:
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    Few cichlid stones in the tank, more on hand and coming next week:
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    Few Val's starting out, will add more later:
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    The dozen featherfins mainly hang out around the available cover, school pretty tightly too:
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    SWEET!!!! I can't wait to get a huge tank!!
     
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    awesome!!! Are you worried about iron content using the black diamond? I did a bunch of research and I couldnt find anything conclusive. I ended up getting black gravel. I like yours better.
     
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    Someone pointed me to a thread on the planted tank forum, some folks have been using it for quite a while w/out any problems. I did a google search and found this link, which convinced me it was safe for aquarium use: http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&cd=16&ved=0CHAQFjAFOAo&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.ensioresources.com%2FLearning_Center%2Fcoal_slag.html&ei=5DCbTsACwebRAYqwoIkD&usg=AFQjCNFmtqfmkFHi3ZDy-r2ixigQCTi9Uw&sig2=WIPsbkQBEMklwBLCqJAO1Q
    Stuff looks great, shiny rather than dull, and the smaller particle size should keep most of it on top of the lower layer of fine grade gravel when I siphon the substrate.
    Not to mention the PetCo black sand is $18/20 lbs, and the black diamond is $8/50 lbs. I got 100 lbs of it for less than the price of 20 lbs of sand, so more $$ for stocking.
     
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    Thats cool, I read that article before. I wish I would have gotten some of it now. The gravel I have is about pea sized and being black shows detritus. Im wondering if the fish are as happy with the gravel as they would be with sand. I may scoop some gravel out and put in some white sand...Mix it up a bit. I may make them a white sandy beach LOL!
     
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    your tank would look really good with a piece of spiderwood in it....or lacerock
     
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    Sand is easier than gravel to keep clean, and with some mts to mine for leftover food and stir/aerate the bed it's pretty low-maintenance IME. I collected some more rocks yesterday, will get around to putting them in later tonight. Ironically, I left a big area of sand open for the ventralis, and they hang out around the cover on the left end when they aren't cruising back-and-forth across the back. I figure that will change as they settle in and more fish are stocked, and the open end will be the breeding site for the dominant male. I didn't have too much material on hand to scape the tank, will add more gradually.
     
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    It is and will be awesome...
     
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    it looks great!
     
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    grrrr, very jealous.
     
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    Congratulations on the tank. Can't wait to see what it looks like when it's fully stocked.
     
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    Pittbull ALL BOW DOWN TO THE FIN GODS

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    Nice i almost traded for a 300gal but no luck..
     
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    jpappy789 Plants need meat too

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    Super jealous...please get a HUGE school of cyps so I can live vicariously through you...thanks...
     
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    At the price of Cyp's (and overnight shipping to get them here alive) I can't afford to stock a huge school. Maybe a dozen F1 juvies, depends on how much the first super red BN trio sells for when I list them on aquabid.
     
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    Here's a few pics of the wee spiney eel I picked up from jakezori Sunday. Skinny little critter, particularly for the length, the air bladder is bigger than the belly. Quite active and apparently healthy though, will have to see if it fattens up like the plagiostoma.
    The elipsifer is commonly called the leopard eel, but the markings on this one are definitely more leopard-like than the elipsifer's:
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    I've never seen a spiney eel (or any other fish) with such a prominent air bladder:
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    Ignore the reflection, the actual ruler is a better indication of the size:
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    The visible vent in the bottom pic indicates it's a female:
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    Along with the 12 2" featherfins the tank now also houses 8 juvie Synodontis lucipinnis, a handful of nearly grown BN and the half-dozen or so fry that hitchiked in an ornament, a couple of multi's (also from jakezori), and a plagiostoma spiney eel.
    Will have some new fish coming after the next CCA meeting on the 12th, expecting to pick up a group of baby buescheri, pair of Cyp's, and a single blue-spot goby.
    Waiting to hear about availability of a group of speckleback Cyp's, but it doesn't look promising. May go with Kiriza blacks from Dave's if I can't find the specklebacks.
     
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    First pics aren't showing, bring em back...please.
     
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    Pittbull ALL BOW DOWN TO THE FIN GODS

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    Nice..
     
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    Here's the first pics reposted, moved them to a new folder on photobucket:
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    I've added more rocks and 2 mats of artificial plants, and will be rearranging things as it goes along. The speckleback Cyp's are available/coming, I'll post fresher pics after the new fish are in.
     
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    Ok Todd wheres some fish!!!!
     
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    New fish from the CCA meeting today, and more coming this week. I picked up 5 juvie Zaire gold buescheri, an adult pair of Cyp pavo, and a young male Eret cyan goby. Group of 9 young speckleback Cyp's arriving Tuesday, and waiting to see if I win an aquabid auction for M. parva rainbows later today.
    The skinny little spiney eel has gotten a bit more plump with daily gorging on frozen bloodworms, and seems to be settling in quite well, though she only comes out from under cover for food. Still has a long way to go to match the plagiostoma in girth, but I don't doubt she'll get bigger.
    I'll post more pics after the rest of the fish are stocked and settled in a bit.
     

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