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  1. Olympia
    08-02-2012 05:28 PM - permalink
    Olympia
    Hey lady, so I've gone mad with my stocking plan... I'm adding a bichir and possibly 3 ropefish. However aqua advisor warned me about the rope fish- watch out for the congo tetra and kribensis. So I'm really confused because I can't find ANY other info on if they'd be safe with rope fish or not. I'm really into the rope fish, but I at least need the congos because the top of the tank will be empty without them (minus butterfly fish). I don't think a rope fish could eat a 4" grown congo so I may have to just let them grow out first.. However the kribs, they will be 2.5" for the girl and 3" for the boy... tiny, but I know cichlids should be more than able to defend themselves, but then again I have no clue about that! :s I know that is no where near your area of expertise but I'd like to hear from you anyways!
  2. thekoimaiden
    08-02-2012 11:55 AM - permalink
    thekoimaiden
    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
  3. Olympia
    08-01-2012 08:55 PM - permalink
    Olympia
    Elephant nose... Well maybe once I have a full time job. ;)
    I can see myself going down the "monster fish keeper" path some day.... :p
  4. thekoimaiden
    08-01-2012 11:00 AM - permalink
    thekoimaiden
    I figured this wouldn't be a elephant nose tank because you were adding the knifefish. Do you still plan to get an elephant nose one day?

    Ouch. I can imagine the wood would be really expensive. What kind of wood can you scavenge from outside that is aquarium-safe?
  5. Olympia
    07-31-2012 06:42 PM - permalink
    Olympia
    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
  6. thekoimaiden
    07-31-2012 06:25 PM - permalink
    thekoimaiden
    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!!
  7. Olympia
    07-31-2012 03:49 PM - permalink
    Olympia
    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!
  8. thekoimaiden
    07-31-2012 09:38 AM - permalink
    thekoimaiden
    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?
  9. Olympia
    07-30-2012 05:11 PM - permalink
    Olympia
    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.
  10. thekoimaiden
    07-30-2012 05:07 PM - permalink
    thekoimaiden
    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.

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