07-28-2012, 05:31 AM
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Originally Posted by Jayy
Looks great! What fish do you plan to stock it with? Are you also getting a lighting fixture or is that it?
This is it on the lighting. I have a single strip hidden behind that double strip, so 3 tubes. 2x6500k and one blue. I was originally going to do an Asian tank with only a couple large schools, but my wife of 3 years and 8 year old son have never participated in the freshwater side of the hobby, so I thought it would be more fun as a family to have an old fashioned community tank, let them enjoy the process of stocking fish.
Originally Posted by Olympia
This is AWESOME.
I saw the beautiful reef tank you got rid of for this. I love planted tanks way more than reef tanks, but all that hard work you must have put into it! But, sometimes destroying and then rebuilding is the best part I guess!
Honestly, I was bored and wanted something more of a challenge. Live plants are one thing I've yet to do in this hobby, so it was just a matter of time.
Originally Posted by BradSD
Very pretty tank and I love planted tanks as well. I do not know about Ram Cichlids but I hope they do not dig like my Cichlid tank.
Rams are very peaceful and stay small, about thumb size. They do move some rocks around a bit, but nothing major. I put some effort into making them a spot that I hope they call home, away from the majority of substrate rooting plants. My other option is a pair of Kribensis. It depends on how the community develops. Either way, these will be some of the last fish introduced so I have some time to decide.
Thanks everyone for the kind words. This is going to be fun.