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Alaska 155gal Freshwater build
Old 04-26-2010, 08:45 PM   #1
 
Alaska 155gal Freshwater build

Hey guys, I'm picking up a 155gal tank this weekend, (go craigslist). I really like the planted builds that I see on here and want to get mine looking like them also. They are Frontosa Cichlids and they look real nice. I'm going to adopt them but I'm wondering what they will do with some other fish I want, ie tetras/angel's? I think the tank is big enough so they wont butt heads a lot. I'm going to have to place them in a 20gal tank til I get the 155gal up to speed. Also, I have to travel 6 hours from Fairbanks to Anchorage and was wondering what you guys recommend for fish transport?







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Old 04-27-2010, 12:21 AM   #2
 
That is the current set-up at the sellers home, I pick up the empty tank Saturday.
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Old 04-27-2010, 01:07 AM   #3
 
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Frontosas won't work well with either tetras or angels. For one thing, they really should be kept in very hard, alkaline water in order to thrive. Tetras and angelfish prefer soft, acidic water. More importantly, though, the fish are totally incompatible personality wise. The frontosas would probably eat tetras and kill the angels. Good tankmates would include other Lake Tanganyika fish such as the various other cichlids from that lake or some of the Lake T. syno catfish. The pink fish looks like a convict cichlid to me, which would be more suited to a Lake T. type of setup than tetras or angels but is still far from ideal. Is that a Jack Dempsey I see in that top picture above the frontosa on the right? Same story with that guy.

It looks like there's just regular aquarium gravel in there...I think you'd be better off switching to crushed coral or aragonite sand. Big rock formations would also be really cool, as would a background on the tank (I like plain black). Very good find, though!
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Old 04-27-2010, 01:31 AM   #4
 
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It looks like there's just regular aquarium gravel in there...I think you'd be better off switching to crushed coral or aragonite sand. Big rock formations would also be really cool, as would a background on the tank (I like plain black). Very good find, though!
I figure as much, I asked the seller what that gray one is and still haven't got an answer. I guess I'll find out when I get there. What do you think about transporting the fish 6 hours to home from where the tank is?

And I am thinking planted with white gravel/sand bottom and black background with a rock/driftwood formation.
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Old 04-27-2010, 02:17 AM   #5
 
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For a long drive like that, you might want to use a cooler to transport the fish.
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Old 04-27-2010, 10:38 AM   #6
 
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I have no advice on the fish... but AWESOME find!!! I LOVE craigslist!!!! My LFS has some GIANT Frontosas, I think they are pretty cool!
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Old 04-27-2010, 10:48 AM   #7
 
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Great find, I've been looking for months for that size tank on craigslist down my way and so far no luck. Do you mind if I ask what you paid?
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Old 04-27-2010, 01:08 PM   #8
 
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And I am thinking planted with white gravel/sand bottom and black background with a rock/driftwood formation.
The first thing you need to decide is what the tank will house in fish. Substrate choice, filter choice, lighting choice is all geared to what the fish require, and different types of fish require different substrtates, filter flow and lighting. Then there are the plants.

If you are still thinking along the lines of angels and tetras (and presumably re-homing the cichlids) then I would recommend a dark substrate, not white. Forest fish occur over dark substrates in very subdued light, both in the majority of streams and for half the year in flooded forest. Replicating these conditions is more likely to lead to success. White sand reflects light, and this does not occur in their habitat.

There is also the issue of water parameters mentioned by iamntbatman.

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Old 04-27-2010, 06:23 PM   #9
 
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Great find, I've been looking for months for that size tank on craigslist down my way and so far no luck. Do you mind if I ask what you paid?
They worked with me and gave me $200 off but the drive there and back will cost $300. Tank asking cost was $800, I'm getting it for $600 + Gas = $900.

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The first thing you need to decide is what the tank will house in fish. Substrate choice, filter choice, lighting choice is all geared to what the fish require, and different types of fish require different substrtates, filter flow and lighting. Then there are the plants.

If you are still thinking along the lines of angels and tetras (and presumably re-homing the cichlids) then I would recommend a dark substrate, not white. Forest fish occur over dark substrates in very subdued light, both in the majority of streams and for half the year in flooded forest. Replicating these conditions is more likely to lead to success. White sand reflects light, and this does not occur in their habitat.

There is also the issue of water parameters mentioned by iamntbatman.

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I am thinking about re-homing the current guys. It would be better for them I think. I am looking at some examples on here and still getting ideas but that some good info, I will consider it. I was also thinking about filling the tank half way and do a terrarium on the top half like I seen in some enclosures, but that might be to complicated.
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Old 04-28-2010, 05:45 AM   #10
 
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You do have a heck of a lot of options with a tank of that size. Depending on how much money you're willing to put into the tank, some options might be more appealing than others. Doing even a low-tech planted tank can be expensive because of the cost of the plants themselves, not to mention stocking it with a lot of smaller community fish (even if the fish themselves aren't that expensive). A big school of cardinal tetras adds up, for example. If you ask me, community tanks really only look right to me when they've got lots of green in them. On the other hand, an African rift lake tank really only needs rocks and sand for decor (which can be had from landscaping stores for next to nothing) though the fish can sometimes be expensive. Central American cichlids are cheaper still as they also do well in spartan decor and the fish usually aren't all that expensive. Of course, water parameters are going to dictate which of these options (or others) is really feasible.
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