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post #1 of 29 Old 12-19-2008, 12:02 AM Thread Starter
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55 gallon African cichlid tank

Hi all, this is one of my two freshwaters, set up to be an AC tank. It's been up and running for about 5 months, though I only have two inhabitants.
I've got two AquaClear 110's working on it, with sponge and carbon (no ceramic rings). I built a DIY background around the back and sides, so it's like a 3-D rock wall.

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I've only got two inhabitants for far, a Julidochromis, and another unknown (unreliable LFS mis-labeles a bunch of their tanks .
I'd really like to get more though, but I need to know what I have to be sure I get compatible tank mates.
These two get along just fine... once in a while the Julie will snap at the other, but they co-exist fairly peacefully considering that they are cichlids!

The Julie:
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And the unknown (anyone have any clue what specific species this is, so I can be sure I'm caring for it properly?):
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post #2 of 29 Old 12-19-2008, 01:22 AM
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Very cool DIY background. I swear I see a face in it!

I'm not too good with Africans but I'm guessing maybe an albino peacock?

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post #3 of 29 Old 12-19-2008, 07:53 AM
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That is a VERY nice looking tank! Be sure to post more pictures when it has more fish ;)

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Looks great! I found the face! Im sure a lot of time and patience went into that background! Turned out lovely!

Think I see two faces!
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post #5 of 29 Old 12-19-2008, 08:39 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks a bunch guys. I've considered putting up a thread in the DIY forum explaining how I did it, but I just followed a DIY page on another site, so I felt like that would be copying. I guess as long as I give credit to where the info came from, it would be OK!

I let the tank cycle for a couple of months with some neon tetras. Since then, I've really stayed on top of water changes, I'm trying to keep my nitrates under 5 ppm. However, despite my really low nitrates, I keep having to battle red algae... it will start to grow like crazy and I'll have to scrub it all off :(. My other FW tank stays around 10-20ppm nitrates, and there's hardly any algae in it! Doesn't make sense . Is it possible that large, frequent water changes might have something to do with it? I currently do about 50% change every weekend, and swish the filter media around in the water I just removed to reduce gunk build-up.

Part of me thinks it has something to do with the background, since my other tank doesn't have it, but I did a decent amount of research before starting to make sure I wasn't putting something dangerous in my tank, and saw no mention anywhere of it feeding algae growth... Oh well, I'll just keep scrubbing when it gets bad.

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post #6 of 29 Old 12-19-2008, 08:40 AM Thread Starter
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p.s. any faces in the background are purely coincidental!

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post #7 of 29 Old 12-20-2008, 06:10 AM
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Ha - now that you mention it I can see a couple of faces! What did you make the background with? And you should definitely post up a DIY thread, I'd love to see how you made it.

Great looking tank!

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post #8 of 29 Old 12-21-2008, 05:58 PM
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Ha - now that you mention it I can see a couple of faces! What did you make the background with? And you should definitely post up a DIY thread, I'd love to see how you made it.

Great looking tank!
YES i would love it i dont ahve one on my tank i cant find one i like.
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post #9 of 29 Old 12-21-2008, 08:08 PM Thread Starter
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Alright, I posted a DIY thread (mis-labeled DIT thread... darn adjacent T and Y keys ).

http://www.fishforum.com/diy-aquariu...kground-19898/

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post #10 of 29 Old 12-24-2008, 03:54 AM
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Awesome tank!
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