New 50 Gal Global Tank
Hello everyone, let me introduce you to the tank I'm in the process of setting up. It is actually a 'new used' tank I bought several days ago (March 8, 2013 to be exact). Its dimensions are 36"x18"x19". Prior to setting up, the wood trim will be glossed, and a fresh coating of 100% silicone will be applied to the edges of the tank to ensure its durability. Once I move into my new home I shall stock it.
I currently own a 26 gallon tank, and all of the fish and plants will be transferred into the 50 gallon. The fish are 4 gouramis(1 each of blue, gold, oplaline, and pearl) and a red-tailed shark. The gouramis have been in the tank for 2 two years, and the shark for 4. I plan on eventually adding a platinum gourami, either 2 or 4 Bolivian rams(suggestions on how many?) and 6 corys. The plants I currently have are the wisteria and Hygrophila corymbosa. New plants for consideration are the Staurogyne, anibus barteri, amazon sword, and Java fern. I am also adding 3 pieces of malasian driftwood, and 1 piece of mopani wood, all of which have been soaked in boiling water. Finally, I will be adding approximately 100 lbs of about 1cm wide gravel mix of blue and black. About 15 lbs will come from the 26 gal so I can transfer over some bacteria. I will post updates as I make progress.
I am open to any feedback!!
*the following link contains additional details, and only contains stock I currently have ready for use.
First of all, grats on the new tank! I am sure your fish are really going to be happy with the upgrade. The only thing I can see as worth pointing out is that it's probably for the best to shy away from any further Gourami additions. You clearly have some beautiful Gourami in this tank. Your pearl alone looks fabulous. The thing about Gourami though is that while young they may put up with the company of same species or different species gourami...that is subject to change.
The more Gourami you put together, the more likely you are to see aggression develop as they get into their later years. So in short, you might want to shy from adding in that third Gourami. Really they are better served if you give them something like Dithers (especially if they have somewhat shy natures).
Also if you can, try to get the driftwood early. That way you can soak it in buckets well before the move and get a lot of those tannins out.
Thanks for the advise Sanguinefox. Maybe i'll get a school of cherry barbs or black phantom tetras.
I actually already bought the driftwood, soaked it for a couple days with daily water changes, and put it in boiling water. I'l upload pictures when i can, i think they look great!
If you are going to reseal the tank, you MUST MUST remove all the old silicone from the seams, you cannot just add a new band over the top. If the tank needs resealing then it is major job.
Also, if you are painting the trim, allow at least 1-2 weeks before the fish go in to fully cure and let any residual smell leech from the food. Fresh painted wood can kill fish.
update: wood gloss & driftwood
Here's a quick update. The wood trim on the tank and the stand have been glossed(not painted as I said before O_o). The change may not be very apparent in the pictures, but I think it looks a lot better :-). There is also one more piece of driftwood I will be adding that is not shown. It is about the same size as the one on the left, which was added a week ago to the 26 gallon. So far, there hasn't been any noticeable amount of tannins coming from it.
And yes, the tank is dirty. Its been sitting there for too long!!
Welcome to TFK!
Gorgeous fish, I'm so enamored with Pearls, and the trim looks great!!!
All other stock aside, I would be comfortable with keeping 4 Bolivian Rams in a tank this size - 3 females and 1 male - but not everyone would agree with that. They are territorial little fish, and there is potential for trouble, so many people prefer to keep only one specimen to a tank. As for keeping two, a tank this size is enough space for a pair, but B.Rams have to chose their own mates, and their 'bond' can last a lifetime. These fish aren't often sold as proper pairs, so you would possibly have to start off with a group until a pair (or more) forms, and re-home the rest. . . Please be sure to do more research before you decide, cichlids can be tricky - look into keeping the particular gourami types that you have together with Bolivians, as there are potential aggression problems between these fish, but I haven't kept them together. . . yet. :)
Small update. Unfortunately I still can't setup the aquarium until next week, but today I got a head start and rinsed all the gravel. Here's a snapshot of it!
Honestly, when I read Global, I was thinking a circular tank. Now THAT would be cool!
lol! A round tank WOULD be cool! Interesting gravel, I can see where you're going with the name 'Global' now. Now you have to wait until ext week to put it in?!!
Your fish and plants look very nice and healthy. Personally, I would go with a smaller gravel size. That would provide a better root bed for plants such as Amazon Swords and most rosette substrate plants. Smaller gravel also has the advantage of not allowing as much waste and uneaten food to get trapped and cause water quality issues. I have rather large grain gravel in my 55g and I can't wait to change it out with sand.
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