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post #1 of 11 Old 10-13-2013, 12:56 PM Thread Starter
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MTS brewing: which tank to go for next?

I've got a loosely South American based cichlid tank at the moment, looking at some super bargains on used tanks. I have a lone sewellia lineolata (hillstream loach) in the cichlid tank, would love to dedicate a tank to this species. I also have 6 otos in the tank, otos-only tank would be so cool too.

Which would you go for (an Asian river stream tank or SA oto tank) and why? The new tank will be a 52 gallon.
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post #2 of 11 Old 10-13-2013, 02:53 PM
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i love otos

when you set up a new tank,hide an extra
sponge or two behind some decor,that way you have
something seeded for you next filter.
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post #3 of 11 Old 10-13-2013, 02:57 PM
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Have always wanted to a dedicated tank for hillstream loaches!! I would soo do that if I could!

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post #4 of 11 Old 10-13-2013, 03:12 PM
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Hillstream tank for sure. Apistos and otos are fine together. Apistos and hillstream loaches not so much since the loaches should have a fairly extreme amount of current, something the cichlids (and otos) can't handle.
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agree, set up the new tank for the needs of the loach, get some more and maybe add something like white clouds for tankmates
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post #6 of 11 Old 10-13-2013, 11:00 PM Thread Starter
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Hillstream loach tank coming right up! More on the details later. I love otos, but I also fell in love with this little guy since I added a small powerhead and a few smooth stones he seems to be much happier. But now get's his own suite :) (+ some friends later).
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post #7 of 11 Old 10-13-2013, 11:53 PM Thread Starter
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Should I go with this

River-Tank Manifold Design — Loaches Online

design or are there alternatives? The above seems quite complicated to do.
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post #8 of 11 Old 10-14-2013, 12:40 AM Thread Starter
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This is turning into a river tank thread but...

Would it be easier to use something like the Koralia powerheads instead? What would be a good power/amount of them for a 52 gal river tank?
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post #9 of 11 Old 10-22-2013, 02:37 AM Thread Starter
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Ok 50 gal river tank up and running. I moved the sewellia there and yesterday bought 7 tank mates for him (4 female, 3 male sewellia). The original guy is like an alpha male there, sending all the other males off the smooth stones and trying to mate with every female. Lol. It's pretty fun to watch. I hope though that later the 7 realize that they have to do something and claim their own spaces.

Will send pictures later, waiting for another powerhead and another filter. The gravel is smooth, round river gravel (0.3-0.5"), in the middle some smooth rocks. Across the aquarium runs a smooth white dolomite pebble path to give some food for eye and hopefully raising the GH and KH a bit. Currently growing algae and aufwuchs on the window pane and will circulate these yummy stones when the stones in the tank look exhausted.
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post #10 of 11 Old 11-16-2013, 08:14 AM Thread Starter
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okay...here's my sewellia tank. Background art courtesy of my 9-year-old daughters
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