Ah ha! I hear you. I've got a few larger tanks planned when I get a full-time job. I'm trying to keep the planned tanks under 150 gallons, but I don't know if that will be possible. Future monster fish keepers unite! :P
Synodontis is the genus of catfish from Africa. Search it on seriously fish, they're all pretty similar. They include the common African featherfin catfish & the upside down catfish. I just don't know which type I want yet, because I've got no limits in that category.
The elephant nose will obviously have to wait. Can't even add them later on to this tank because they'd cause conflict with the knife, something about mixing electric fish.
I'm worried about driftwood for this tank.. It's not realistic for me to spend like, $100+ on wood big enough for this tank, so I may have to go hunting for it. :s
I remember your elephant nose obsession, but I always thought you planned two tanks: an African biotope and a elephant nose tank.
That's awesome that you tank got bigger. A 90 gallon tank is a force to be reckoned with. I've never looked into African fish as I don't imagine many people have. I had to look up that catfish, and they look really neat. Your tank will be unique for sure!!
Well if you remember my elephant nose fish obsession, you'll know I wanted to do an African tank all along. I don't feel that the tank is room enough for a school of 5-6 9" fish (plus they are like $20 a piece!).
On my 75 gallon tank thread jaysee was helping me, then he showed me his African community, then I rekindled my love of them... He has the butterfly fish, the African knife, the congos, the ctenopoma, and a synodontis. What I want pretty much. He also has a bichir in there which I want to trade off for 1-3 ropefish. Then I added a pair of kribensis onto the list..
Also the tank grew 4" "overnight" and it's now 90 gallons so I may be looking into adding a school of debauwi catfish in the future, but I want to see how the current plan plays out, I don't want a crowded look (which may already be the case with the bottom dwellers at least).
I'm trying to make it different, but African stock is very limited!
I thought I had read that water sprite was on almost every continent. Good to know. One day I'd like to do a amazon "biotope" with discus as the centerpiece. It's great that I can count on water sprite to be among the floating plants.
Did you model your tank after something someone else has done? Or is this your own creation?
Water sprite is from Africa, South America, Asia AND Australia! Woah! That's perfect, I was just going to throw some hornwort on top!
Yes, I will have a variety of plants, but if I can get all those African species I'm hoping they'll slowly take over so I can eventually pull the non African stuff. But of course all the African plants are crazy slow growers.
Anything floating? I thought water sprite was originally African. If I get around to doing a biotope, I'm gonna be rather lax on the plants. You can only get but so specific or else you are only left with a few choices.