Hmm well the 20 gallon is overloaded with hornwort. However I'm saving it for the new tank.
The final stock for the 20 gallon will involve 6 threadfins, 7 pygmy cories, and 6 marble hatchet fish. Plus the 5 three lined cories, probably going to get another to replace Stubby. Maybe more if I decide it's not crowded.
I went to the LFS today to try and find at least one of these (they had the hatchets last time). Came upon a sign that said:
"Closed early due to the heat."
>__> Thank you, LFS.
The 75 gallon grew over night, I remeasured it and it's actually a 90 gallon. It was sold to me as a 90 but then I thought it was 75 and it turns out the guy wasn't lying about it. xD We're doing a complete reseal on the tank so hopefully that'll be done by Tuesday, then I can do the water test and in the mean while look for rocks. Driftwood... I know collecting isn't a good idea according to some.. but the amount of driftwood I need will run me over $100. Going to look around in another store but not hopeful about this situation..
The tank will also have a natural leaf litter, and sand. :3
The stocking has been revised, just so you guys know. And yes I like the visuals.
x1 African knife
x1-3 African butterflies
x9 (maybe more if the LFS gives me a deal) Congo Tetra
Some fish taken out, new additions:
x1 Long finned senegal bichir (if it can be found):
x1 Delhezi bichir:
Thanks to Tazman and a local ad I've replaced the kribensis with these. They are larger and therefore more safe in the tank than the kribensis (which I've been getting about 50/50 replies on whether they're safe or not with big fish). Probably going to pick up 5 juvies and grow them out. The breeder says they're going fast so I have to get them this week.. They have to wait in a 6 gallon with an Aquaclear 20 for now.. But he says they're only .5 inches so I think they'll be okay in it for a few weeks. I'm being set back a bit because now I have to wait until these guys are a bit bigger before I can start introducing other fish, hopefully they'll reach 1" in 3 weeks so I can at least add the congos, which also need some time to grow out.
If you're wondering about the rush to get them, they are pretty uncommon and I've never seen them around nor heard of them until now.
Buffalo head cichlid:
I'm looking into some synodontis but I'm not sure which kind I want as of yet.
I know this seems like a LOT more than originally planned with all these giants, but I greatly underestimated how much it's safe to stock and these guys should all be comfy at full size in the tank. The bichir and the ropefish coexist very peacefully together and are related. With the kribensis out, I'm pretty much worry free with this tank, minus the potential aggression from the ctenopoma.
As for feeding this tank.. I'm probably going the home made fish food route for most of their diet as they will eat me out of house and home otherwise. The ropefish do not accept prepared foods at all, so I may just put the whole tank on fresh foods. Which is a daunting idea, but I've been reading up on it and it seems fine to do so as long as you mix things up. Bugs and fish really should be good. And NO feeder fish, I mean like grocery store fish cut up, and silversides.. and NO beef heart because there's too much controversy on feeding it.