05-25-2014, 08:30 PM
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I have had some ups and downs
My plan to drill my 55 gallon failed. Turns out it was 100% tempered glass all around. When I tried to drill the holes it shattered. I bought another one from a guy on craigslist and it is fully set up. I was going to do a middle brackish setup but a friend it taking his 55 cichlid tank down and I am getting it and whatever fish I want. I am taking 2 5 inch male ice blue zebra african cichlids and 2 4.5 inch three spot blue gouramis. After some time, so the bio filter is complete, I am going to add a couple yellow labs. I'd be concerned because my tank is still very new (3 weeks with 8 live bearers) but he is way way over stocked, no bio filter, no substrate, no water treatment, water straight from the tap went into the tank and that was it.
A month ago he gave me a 10 and a 15 gallon tank. I was not able to fit the 15 inside the stand so I used the 10 as a sump and the tank is running with a diy PVC overflow and spray bar return. I am taking the 55 and am going to use it for a much larger sump giving us a substantial boost in water volume making it so we can add a nice size school of neon or cardinal tetras as dither fish. I plan on finding some plastic totes to fit the pump and filter sections in.
I have never had an African cichlids tank before. At this time I have adjusted the ph and temp for the cichlids. The tank has a full layout of silk plants creating territories in the 2 ends a fake log and a diy rock formation epoxied together. Any input would be appreciated.