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Old 03-06-2012, 12:13 PM   #11
 
That is an awesome looking tank, sad to say I'm new to this and I have to ask you, what are the fish that you have with your angels.
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Greetings, fellow aquarists. I haven't posted anything for quite some time now, and especially not about my own tank. So I thought I'd make a return by starting a new thread about my old 50 gallon tank, which is just over a year old, as things stand. I'll edit the thread as I change things and remember things that should have been here in the first place.

The reason I decided to start a new thread is because the tank has undergone a few major changes recently, which include the removal of many plants (half of which died after a temperature increase last summer), the placing of additional pieces of wood, and of course, the introduction of a host of new plants. The plants in question are adapted to living in low-light conditions, and include various types of Anubias, Cryptocorynes and aquatic ferns.

The fish have, for the most part, remained as they were, although I have added a good number of harlequin rasboras and two unidentified plecos.

And so, without further ado, tank parameters:

Volume: 50 gallons
Lighting: 30 watts flourescent (Juwel Day-Lite. Approx. 6,500k)
Temperature: 26C (80F)
Water change: 50% weekly water change













Also, feel free to ask questions and post recommendations on anything.
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Old 03-06-2012, 12:19 PM   #12
 
WOW that's an awesome looking tank. "I'm jealous." I haven't kept fish in over thirdy years. I'm planning on getting a thirdy eight gallon tank in the very near furture. I intend to keep angels. I'd like to know what those fish are that you have with your angels.
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Old 03-06-2012, 02:13 PM   #13
 
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Looks really good.

By the way the other fish is Rainbow Fish.
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Old 03-06-2012, 02:44 PM   #14
 
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@bigcarl @Cassandra90

Thanks! Those are, indeed, rainbow fish. Boesemani rainbow fish, to be exact. I absolutely love them and they've proven to be hardy and beautiful fish. The only problem I've encountered with them is that they may nip at certain soft plants such as cryptocorynes, which can be annoying if you're trying to maintain a planted tank.


Something I'd like to point out is that the angelfish were extremely hostile to the harlequin rasboras when they were first introduced, to the point that I am certain they would have eaten every single one of them had I not introduced them carefully.

For this, I placed the harlequin rasboras in a perforated container that was left floating within the tank.
The angelfish attempted to attack the rasboras that were within the container but just gave up after a couple of days, strangely enough. After finally releasing the rasboras into the tank, the angelfish still did not attempt to attack or eat them, which I found strange but am grateful for.

Still no rasbora casualties to date, which might imply that the angelfish did, in fact, get used to the presence of the harlequin rasboras. Just an interesting discovery/observation.
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Old 03-06-2012, 03:21 PM   #15
 
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It only just occurred to me that you might have been asking for a full stocking list, so here it is:

- X4 Angelfish (Pterophyllum Scalare)
- X5 Boesemani Rainbowfish (Melanotaenia Boesemani)
- X2 Gold Nugget Pleco (unsure about the exact species)
- X3 Sterbai Corydoras (Corydoras Sterbai)
- X5 Zebra Danio (Danio Rerio)
- X10-15 Harlequin Rasboras (Trigonostigma Heteromorpha) [I can't remember the exact numbers offhand, but I've got them logged down on the tank journal. Will update to the correct amount if I remember]

PS: The only problems with aggression that I have are between the angelfish themselves, which is never too bad, anyway. The scuffles only lead to a few torn fins between them, but nothing more.
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Old 03-06-2012, 05:09 PM   #16
 
Thank You, I think that was nice of you to reply to my comment, and answer my question. I'm going to another site now and check out those other fish that you told me about. BTW that's for that tip about flowing the smaller fish. Okay I'll try not be a pest, but please tell me more about that container... is that something you can buy?
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Old 03-06-2012, 11:10 PM   #17
 
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The substrate consists of quartz grains, which after some time accumulated a fair amount of debris and took on a yellow hue. The quartz was originally white with an equal amount of red/black mix added to it.

The background is actually some sort of underwater scene that is heavy in stones and wood. Not that it matters much now, anyway, since most of it is covered up my the driftwood. A black background would suit my needs just as well, so I'd definitely recommend one.

Good luck with your tank. Let us know how things work out.
Where did you find the substrate?
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Old 03-07-2012, 04:26 AM   #18
 
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Great looking tank and your Rainbows are gorgeous!!
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Old 03-07-2012, 06:29 AM   #19
 
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WOW that's an awesome looking tank. "I'm jealous." I haven't kept fish in over thirdy years. I'm planning on getting a thirdy eight gallon tank in the very near furture. I intend to keep angels. I'd like to know what those fish are that you have with your angels.
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Just an FYI, 38 gallons is too small for angels unless you buy a mated pair (they have to already be a mated pair).

Otherwise they should be kept in a group of 5+ as they are shoaling fish, which means a 55+ gallon aquarium.

@MyLittlePleco-

You have an awesome tank!
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Old 03-07-2012, 10:47 AM   #20
 
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Firstly, thanks for all the compliments. I never imagined the tank would be so well received. It's nice knowing that I'm putting time and effort into a work of art that other people think is nice.

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Thank You, I think that was nice of you to reply to my comment, and answer my question. I'm going to another site now and check out those other fish that you told me about. BTW that's for that tip about flowing the smaller fish. Okay I'll try not be a pest, but please tell me more about that container... is that something you can buy?
Carl
I used a fruit container that was pre-perforated. You can use any sort of container as long as:

1- The fish you are trying to introduce remain inside it and cannot escape.
2- The bigger fish cannot get inside.
3- You have enough holes/slots to allow for circulation with the tank water.

Think of a breeding box that's generally used to prevent live-bearing fish from eating their young.

Also, I should point out that I have absolutely no idea what the rate of success is for this method. I had bought a number of harlequin rasboras with the intention of introducing them to the tank, only to find out that the angelfish had plans to turn them into lunch. I placed them in the container with the intention of returning them to the LFS I bought them from the next time I went there, only to find out that the angelfish were no longer hostile after a couple of days.



As for the substrate (quartz grains), I bought mine from a LFS. I am completely certain that every LFS I have visited sells quartz substrates, so I imagine they should be easy to find.
Also, I went for a quartz substrate due to the fact that it is an inert rock, and so would not affect the water chemistry.
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