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  1. Olympia
    07-31-2012 03:49 PM - permalink
    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!
  2. Olympia
    07-30-2012 05:11 PM - permalink
    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.
  3. Olympia
    07-30-2012 04:58 PM - permalink
    I'm really pumped for them too!
    I've been searching for African plants.. anubias, African water fern (super pretty!) and crinum natans seems to be it.
  4. Olympia
    07-30-2012 04:14 PM - permalink
    You totally missed out! I was totally considering a TON of small fish.. but those big monsters call out to my heart, and with this plan I got the best I could with the 75 and still have a community.
    You can see it here in my tanks thread, under freshwater aquarium photos, My 20 gallon and it's inhabitants. The list is on page 6 (with photos!)
    Anyways it's a west African "biotope." African plants are pretty much non existent so I need some slack with that category. I chose Congo tetra over the red eyes, and I realized the Hoplo catfish is South American, so I'm getting a species of synodontis (may or may not be the upside down cats).
    I'm REALLY happy with it. I even have room for an African bichir.. but I don't know if I want to go down the bichir road yet, maybe one day but not soon.
    My LFS already said they'll special order me the ctenopoma when I'm ready. :)
  5. Sakura8
    07-30-2012 02:48 PM - permalink
    Yay! I'm glad you had a safe, if long and boring flight. :)

    I guess they finally got hungry enough. Honestly, they do like to make me sweat. Oh! And the 10 water hyacinth have kept the nitrates down by a whoooole lot! I tested two days ago and it was only 20! Before, without the plants, it would have been 40-80 by then. Yay!
  6. Olympia
    07-29-2012 04:08 PM - permalink
    What would YOU do with a 75 gallon aquarium? I have no good ideas it seems. :(
    I love oddballs, and you know fish so I'm curious as to what all I could have in there.. just I don't want one fish, need to have some variety.
    I'm tempted to just shove a bunch of goldfish in there and call it a day. :p
  7. Sakura8
    07-28-2012 03:16 PM - permalink
    I have been to the Maine coast so now I have a better idea what Sweden looks like. :D

    Finally got the brats to eat. :)
  8. finnfinnfriend
    07-27-2012 11:17 PM - permalink
    I never knew they needed so much veggies! Thank you.
  9. finnfinnfriend
    07-27-2012 10:37 PM - permalink
    Oh okay that makes sense. So by feeding them veggies, their overall protein intake isn't 34%, just the pellet part. How often should goldfish be fed veggies?
  10. finnfinnfriend
    07-26-2012 11:03 PM - permalink
    Well I looked into NLS goldfish formula, but it looks like it's meat based like the betta formula, and isn't goldfish food supposed to have under 30% protein? The goldfish formula has 34%, which is only 3 percent less than the betta formula...

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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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