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Sanguinefox 05-18-2012 12:39 AM

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.

Pictures:

http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y98...n/IMG_0145.jpg

http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y98...n/IMG_0152.jpg

http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y98...n/IMG_0143.jpg
Video:

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.

Chesh 05-18-2012 12:43 AM

Awesome, Fox! It's looking great, and I can't wait to see the progress from here on out :)

Sanguinefox 05-18-2012 02:00 AM

Thanks Ches...

So I waited around a bit with the Camera and sure enough the ornate came out:


Chesh 05-18-2012 07:30 AM

Nice video, Fox - beautiful creature! I'm glad you managed to get some nice clear shots. . . looks like she likes her rescape, too! :)

Geomancer 05-18-2012 09:25 AM

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:

Sanguinefox 05-18-2012 02:12 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Geomancer (Post 1085950)
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:

That poor thing. You can keep a baby in a 20 gallon for growing out but it's great that yours is in a nice home and still kicking. I went from 20 gallon, to 50, and now to 75 for these darlings. Though I don't like the idea of feeding them live feeder fish. Too much risk involved with disease transmission and it can have the same effect that giving a live mouse has to a snake.

Sanguinefox 05-18-2012 02:51 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Chesherca (Post 1085907)
Nice video, Fox - beautiful creature! I'm glad you managed to get some nice clear shots. . . looks like she likes her rescape, too! :)

Thanks :3

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.

Sanguinefox 05-29-2012 11:31 PM

This is just another update:


This is after a water change. Note to self never wait, not even a few days no matter how much your body hurts.

Olympia 05-29-2012 11:37 PM

(double post) :(

Olympia 05-29-2012 11:38 PM

Wow, that loach really loves the camera!
Those bichir are so happy looking! Is the 75 their last tank? Are those full grown?
:D
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