75 Gallon Rescape: Bichir Tank
So after multiple times of rescaping my 75 gallon I've finally come up with something that makes me happy and also fits well with the current stock.
The 75 gallon is running on a 70 Aquaclear, a 20 gallon Whisper, and Slim20 Marina. It's got loads of live plants including a giant anubias I had to split and is awkward to place (the thing is growing too well!), a large Java Fern Mat, A crypt, Water Sprite, and Water Wisteria. I've also still got some plastic plants in there to help out with the greenery.
The tank has a sand substrate, and runs on a lower light set up because none of my fish appreciate strong light. Although as my plants fill out I hope to eventually switch over to a bigger and better light.
The stock of fish include:
2 Gray Senegals
1 Ornate Bichir (half grown)
4 Yoyo Loach
1 Hybrid Peacock Cichlid (assuming it's a hybrid)
2 Apple Snails
Eventually the Cichlid and 4 yoyo Loach will get moved into a 50 gallon of their own.
My idea is to create on one side a lush planted area. My Senegals appreciate that because they are still a bit wary of the Ornate. The ornate I have had for a few months now. I got her when she was 4-5 inches, terrified (after being kept in a tiny 5 gallon with no hide spot), and would have gone into a 50 gallon if I didn't buy her first.
She has decided within the month of May to start coming out more often. She has hit probably close to a foot (have not measured)....and I noticed she was getting discouraged from exploring due to the clutter she kept running into. So I removed a few things and cleared up her territory so that she has more room to scoot around at the bottom and exercise her fins.
The senegals are finally calming down after the sudden appearance of this tank mate they are used to not seeing. My loaches are as happy as ever always digging up plants and pissing me off. The cichlid is rather happy taking on good coloration and eating better now. I am open to plant suggestions to fill out that one side of the tank. Right now I have a hollow of sorts behind the plants giving the senegals a refuge to dart to and feel completely safe.
Awesome, Fox! It's looking great, and I can't wait to see the progress from here on out :)
Nice video, Fox - beautiful creature! I'm glad you managed to get some nice clear shots. . . looks like she likes her rescape, too! :)
Very nice, I love Bichirs. If I set up another large tank, that is what I would have.
Back in my bad ignorant days I had one (Dinosaur) ... in a 10 gallon :oops:
He got moved into a new, larger, and better home for proper care when I moved, and is still alive to this day (moved 5 years ago). But I understand they are a very long lived fish.
Still, it was a lot of fun to feed him live foods. I had a jaw dropping, eyes wide reaction when I saw for the first time just how wide they can open their mouth to chomp down on a feeder fish :shock:
I'm hoping the rescape will encourage her to swim around instead of hiding all the time. That can't be good for her muscles. If you notice she has a bit of trouble making it up to a breach because she doesn't exercise.
(double post) :(
Wow, that loach really loves the camera!
Those bichir are so happy looking! Is the 75 their last tank? Are those full grown?
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