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  1. eaturbyfill
    08-01-2012 12:11 PM - permalink
    Okay. Thanks! (: I'll put up a mirror or something and keep my eye out for unwanted fishies. If I found one, what would be the best way to quarantine it? The only empty tank I have is 10g.. would that be big enough?
  2. eaturbyfill
    07-31-2012 08:03 PM - permalink
    Hello, it's me here to ask you questions again. (: I just trust your feedback so much! There is a 75g on craigslist I'm hoping is still up for sale, and it's just in our budget! If I manage to get it, which I am really hoping for, would I need to keep Comet alone? I'm checking because I seem to remember you saying that goldfish were social or liked company I think. I certainly don't want to overcrowd, but if getting her friends would be a good thing, I'd gladly do so. The goldfish will be in the tank for about 5 years, and then moved to a 220g pond if everything goes as planned.
  3. Olympia
    07-31-2012 06:42 PM - permalink
    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
  4. 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!
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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. :)
  8. 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!
  9. 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
  10. 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. :)

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