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  1. Olympia
    08-09-2012 07:15 PM - permalink
    Olympia
    Maybe they are protected. Mangroves don't exist in Canada. xD

    The space for gobies.. YES. They are so worth it! The top can have some, purple dottybacks or even some 6 line wrasse or something similar. If you want a goby collection you gotta go saltwater!

    Plus, gotta monster in the saltwater department. I loveeee the polka dot groupers (even if adults aren't as striking). I love groupers in general.. probably my favourite salt water fishies, after seeing photos of them in dive books.
    images3.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20110804033808/exoticfish/images/c/cb/080821-giant-grouper-02.hmedium.jpg
    THAT will take some serious gallonage.

    And of course eels.. Oh eels.
    I LOVE this website. You can order the WEIRDEST things here, even those freaky frogfish. I wonder if it's whole sale only. o-o The moment I have extra tanks and lot'sa cash I'm sending them a message.
    aristocratama.com/gallery/brackish.html
    aristocratama.com/gallery/freshwater.html
  2. Olympia
    08-09-2012 04:45 PM - permalink
    Olympia
    Saltwater.. for the gobies, some day. Not a huge fan of most saltwater fish but the saltwater gobies are amazing fish.

    Mangroves? Illegal? Big Al's in Canada sells them.. maybe they could become invasive in the US? I don't know. They're nice because you can use them in fresh, brackish or salt. You get these little sprigs, gotta put a stick along the top and attach them to it.. Here's some in a saltwater aquarium.
    advancedaquarist.com/2002/4/aafeature_album/1Mangrove_forestK.jpg
  3. Olympia
    08-09-2012 11:15 AM - permalink
    Olympia
    My friend tried breeding discus and his never got to more than quarter size.
    Adults seem like a good idea. When you transport them they lay down sideways. It's weird. Be ready for that.
    Spikefin goby.. another one to add to the list.

    Angel fish and bichir would work great together actually. Won't get in each other's way, as long as the angels are at least 3 inches long you'd be good to go.

    The tank is nice but it's too planted. I need a lot of room at the bottom for the bichir to scoot around. I want to get driftwood and see if I can plant it heavy on the mid- top section with anubias and leave the bottom mostly bare. That seems natural, right? The plants in nature would rather grow higher up than lower down?
    I also saw mangrove trees for sale. I'd LOVE to try it- but with ropefish and bichir I can't do an open top tank for mangrove trees. If I can find one I'd try it for a betta tank though, haha. Anubias run about $9 for a tiny little piece around here.
  4. Olympia
    08-09-2012 09:55 AM - permalink
    Olympia
    Hah. Yea, I quote the guy at my fish store: "discus aren't hard anymore. saltwater isn't hard anymore."
    Seems like the only challenge these days is newly discovered species. Get an RO system and you've basically got total control over your tank.

    Gobies. Yes lot's of saltwater and brackish. But freshwater too, though not as pretty. I love the common brackish knight goby. Then of course the saltwater mandarin goby. Then also the freshwater water cow (if it's a goby- it's a sleeper goby so it's similar?). Gobies are just so wonderfully diverse but a lot of the pretty ones are really rare. Look them up on the PFK site and there's tons of articles.

    Ugh, I really want angel fish. They were supposed to go in the 90 before the whole biotope thing happened. But I WILL stick to the Africa theme, angels would just ruin everything.
    Look at this tank- dominated by anubias (and african fern). I love it! But anubias are so expensive!
    planetcatfish.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=28181&p=174096
  5. Olympia
    08-08-2012 11:17 PM - permalink
    Olympia
    A lot of discus people are in a teeny tiny little box when it comes to fish. My friend has a beautiful 150 gallon discus set up with gorgeous fish, but he insists that carbon is needed in every aquarium. I hope he doesn't fertilize his plants. xD

    Wait.. So the water cow goby isn't cute? It looks like something I'd want to squeeze and love and hug in my eyes! Blue whale catfish, not so much. If I were to get a 30ish gallon I'd probably look for a frogmouth catfish, to start the collection off. Ugly, but manageable. Recently I've fallen in love with gobies in general (sadly I took my bumblebees back after one of them ate a shrimp that cost twice as much as it did).
  6. Olympia
    08-08-2012 10:12 PM - permalink
    Olympia
    What do I want to keep? Hmm, first monster tank will probably be a giant gourami biotope. After that, a faster paced Asian river with some China high fin sharks and something for the top. Look up "Water cow goby" on google. Such a cool fish, but I hear they take chunks out of other fish. Same with Blue whale catfish (not a monster fish). Such a beautifully ugly fish, but they also like biting pieces out of other fish. My LFS carries them all the time. A 70 gallon tank for just some catfish? I don't know, not tempting with limited resources, but some day! Same with gulper catfish! I can see myself going in the catfish direction, but I also love oddballs. Some big oddballs, perfect.
  7. Olympia
    08-08-2012 10:12 PM - permalink
    Olympia
    (sorry accidentally had to split this in 3.)
    MFK.. there's a lot of good stuff on there so go through it for sure. I'm not sure if there's a lot of biotope knowledge though if that's what you need. Discus people on there may be more sane than the bichir keepers. A lot of MFK is just stuffing as many fish as you can into a tank with crazy filtration as justification. The comfort of the fish is often ignored. I looked through there and there's good info on stuff such as feeding. Just if you start posting there be sure you can just.. overlook.. the people that overstock their tanks like crazy.
  8. Olympia
    08-08-2012 10:11 PM - permalink
    Olympia
    Well.. they are on AB.. But everything on AB is USA only shipping.
    55 gallons for a senegal should actually be fine, but those tanks are only 12" wide so that can be a problem for a full grown fish. I think a smaller, but wider tank is fine too.
  9. Olympia
    08-08-2012 08:46 PM - permalink
    Olympia
    So I asked the LFS and it looks like the only bichir they can get in are albino senegals and regular senegals. :(
    I'll double check about the long fins. But blah, what a disappointment. I was told not to keep 2 species in such a small tank, but still a long finned one would be nice. Still, better than nothing since our Petsmart doesn't carry them.

    I'm doing a reseal on the tank, and I warn you, never do it.. I spent like 5 hours sitting inside the fish tank scraping off old silicone. At first, I figured it wasn't worth it. But then I remembered I'm an unemployed teenager and don't have any other choice if I want big fish.

    Also, I've realized, looking at all the MFK bare, decorless, overstuffed tanks, that my dream is to provide natural biotopes for monster fish.
    That'll go over well. I should just work at a zoo.
  10. eaturbyfill
    08-07-2012 04:51 PM - permalink
    eaturbyfill
    Hehe. Thanks! :D

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    I got into the hobbyin 2007 with a high school project. Now I have 4 tanks and a koi pond
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