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post #1 of 24 Old 03-12-2009, 08:51 PM Thread Starter
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My 75 gallon African Cichlid tank. Work in progress.

Some of you know of my unfortunate incident from the other day. My fish got sucked up into the filter.

I promised pictures, so here they are. Please bare with me, I am not a photographer by any means.

Glass is dirty, water is cloudy. I put in the salt, buffer, African Cichlid gravel. I think this picture is with only 1 T-5 strip light with a blue and white light. I added another one. Which makes.......2 strips with 4 lights total. 2 blue and 2 white.

I was trying different things with the lace rock. Right side.

Left side of the 1st round of lace rock.

Fish'

Fish in tank.

Whole picture of tank. Water is still cloudy. At this point I began adding some Hagen Nutrafin cycle. I should of started a few days before hand, BUT....I didnt.

Tank looks green here, In person it is perfectly clear.

Side picture of the tank.

Kind of a side angle, I wanted to show more of the caves.


Thats about it. All fish are about 2". Except the big ones. They are close to 4". I am still doing fish recognition. All of these fish were practically given to me. A heck of a deal.

I started with 20, 9 died.http://www.fishforum.com/freshwater-...ng-post-22066/ I got 12-15 more today. So that makes ~30 or so. I cant count, they move to fast.

75 gallon Oceanic
70 lbs of African Cichild gravel
40 lbs of Lace rock - I am going to add 60-100 lbs more once the LFS gets some more.
Cascade 1500 filter with a Pura Complete pack.(A large wet/dry is on standby, incase I need it.)
300 watt heater
2 T-5 strips with actinic and white lights
A bubbler manifold, with black hose running to 3 seperate bubblers. Manifold has gate valve to gate back bubbles if I want to.

PH - 8.2
Ammonia - 0
Nitrates - 0

Thats about it.

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post #2 of 24 Old 03-12-2009, 08:54 PM Thread Starter
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Also, fish are small now. They will get larger. I have a 260 gallon tank in the works. :) This 75 will return to a single or pair of oscar tank with in the next year. So please no comments about this is too much fish.
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post #3 of 24 Old 03-13-2009, 11:21 AM
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Looks like a mix of mbuna and frontosa/haps...be weary of the mbuna as they grow larger and more territorial.


Love the rock setup
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post #4 of 24 Old 03-15-2009, 06:25 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks invictusmaneo, I am planning on adding more rock once the LFS gets more. The ordered some for me last week and it has not come in yet.
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post #5 of 24 Old 03-15-2009, 06:40 PM
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the tank is looking good :)
sorry to read of the disaster you had.
the mabuna are fun to watch when they're mouth brooding.

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 #6 of 24 Old 03-16-2009, 06:35 AM
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Also, fish are small now. They will get larger. I have a 260 gallon tank in the works. :) This 75 will return to a single or pair of oscar tank with in the next year. So please no comments about this is too much fish.
I would only mention numbers with respect to ammonia levels. Keep an eye on em. You may indeed have to utilize more filtration. May not be a bad idea anyway. Plenty of seed material for the larger tank without creating stress to current fish . In my mind,, it's not the numbers of fish you have but the waste being produced.

The most important medication in your fish medicine cabinet is.. Clean water.
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I would only mention numbers with respect to ammonia levels. Keep an eye on em. You may indeed have to utilize more filtration. May not be a bad idea anyway. Plenty of seed material for the larger tank without creating stress to current fish . In my mind,, it's not the numbers of fish you have but the waste being produced.
Yes. Ammonia levels did rise when I had the mishap with the dead fish. Every thing is kosher now. All the levels are spot on now, but I still may hook the wet/dry filter up. Couldn't hurt.

I want some more lace rock!
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post #8 of 24 Old 03-26-2009, 03:58 AM
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I think that the tank looks awsome, I love having mbuna cichlids they are so colorful and fun to watch. I just wish I had a tank as big as yours so I could put more in. I dont think that you have too many.
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post #9 of 24 Old 03-26-2009, 09:47 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks lowco. I am adding more lace rock tomorrow. The lfs FINALLY got some more in. I might have to take all of it out and then restack it all. I am not sure what all the other peice look like, and I am somewhat of a perfectionist. If it does not look good, i will do it over 100000 times until I am satisfied.

Currently, I am unsatisfied but It will have to do, until tomorrow.

I'll post more pictures as well.
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post #10 of 24 Old 03-27-2009, 03:44 AM
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The rock looks good I cant wait to see it with more in there it is going to look great. I am sure that the cichlids are going to love it to.
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