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Firefighter337 03-12-2009 07:51 PM

My 75 gallon African Cichlid tank. Work in progress.
 
Some of you know of my unfortunate incident from the other day. My fish got sucked up into the filter.

I promised pictures, so here they are. Please bare with me, I am not a photographer by any means.

Glass is dirty, water is cloudy. I put in the salt, buffer, African Cichlid gravel. I think this picture is with only 1 T-5 strip light with a blue and white light. I added another one. Which makes.......2 strips with 4 lights total. 2 blue and 2 white.
http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c2...le1232/111.jpg
I was trying different things with the lace rock. Right side.
http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c2...le1232/112.jpg
Left side of the 1st round of lace rock.
http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c2...le1232/113.jpg
Fish'
http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c2...le1232/115.jpg
Fish in tank.
http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c2...le1232/118.jpg
Whole picture of tank. Water is still cloudy. At this point I began adding some Hagen Nutrafin cycle. I should of started a few days before hand, BUT....I didnt.
http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c2...le1232/121.jpg
Tank looks green here, In person it is perfectly clear.
http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c2...le1232/128.jpg
Side picture of the tank.
http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c2...le1232/129.jpg
Kind of a side angle, I wanted to show more of the caves.
http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c2...le1232/130.jpg

Thats about it. All fish are about 2". Except the big ones. They are close to 4". I am still doing fish recognition. All of these fish were practically given to me. A heck of a deal.

I started with 20, 9 died.http://www.fishforum.com/freshwater-...ng-post-22066/ I got 12-15 more today. So that makes ~30 or so. I cant count, they move to fast.

75 gallon Oceanic
70 lbs of African Cichild gravel
40 lbs of Lace rock - I am going to add 60-100 lbs more once the LFS gets some more.
Cascade 1500 filter with a Pura Complete pack.(A large wet/dry is on standby, incase I need it.)
300 watt heater
2 T-5 strips with actinic and white lights
A bubbler manifold, with black hose running to 3 seperate bubblers. Manifold has gate valve to gate back bubbles if I want to.

PH - 8.2
Ammonia - 0
Nitrates - 0

Thats about it.

Firefighter337 03-12-2009 07:54 PM

Also, fish are small now. They will get larger. I have a 260 gallon tank in the works. :) This 75 will return to a single or pair of oscar tank with in the next year. So please no comments about this is too much fish.

invictusmaneo 03-13-2009 10:21 AM

Looks like a mix of mbuna and frontosa/haps...be weary of the mbuna as they grow larger and more territorial.


Love the rock setup

Firefighter337 03-15-2009 05:25 PM

Thanks invictusmaneo, I am planning on adding more rock once the LFS gets more. The ordered some for me last week and it has not come in yet.

willow 03-15-2009 05:40 PM

the tank is looking good :)
sorry to read of the disaster you had.
the mabuna are fun to watch when they're mouth brooding.

1077 03-16-2009 05:35 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Firefighter337 (Post 179339)
Also, fish are small now. They will get larger. I have a 260 gallon tank in the works. :) This 75 will return to a single or pair of oscar tank with in the next year. So please no comments about this is too much fish.

I would only mention numbers with respect to ammonia levels. Keep an eye on em. You may indeed have to utilize more filtration. May not be a bad idea anyway. Plenty of seed material for the larger tank without creating stress to current fish . In my mind,, it's not the numbers of fish you have but the waste being produced.;-)

Firefighter337 03-16-2009 03:29 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by 1077 (Post 180133)
I would only mention numbers with respect to ammonia levels. Keep an eye on em. You may indeed have to utilize more filtration. May not be a bad idea anyway. Plenty of seed material for the larger tank without creating stress to current fish . In my mind,, it's not the numbers of fish you have but the waste being produced.;-)

Yes. Ammonia levels did rise when I had the mishap with the dead fish. Every thing is kosher now. All the levels are spot on now, but I still may hook the wet/dry filter up. Couldn't hurt.

I want some more lace rock!

lowco1 03-26-2009 02:58 AM

I think that the tank looks awsome, I love having mbuna cichlids they are so colorful and fun to watch. I just wish I had a tank as big as yours so I could put more in. I dont think that you have too many.

Firefighter337 03-26-2009 08:47 PM

Thanks lowco. I am adding more lace rock tomorrow. The lfs FINALLY got some more in. I might have to take all of it out and then restack it all. I am not sure what all the other peice look like, and I am somewhat of a perfectionist. If it does not look good, i will do it over 100000 times until I am satisfied.

Currently, I am unsatisfied but It will have to do, until tomorrow.

I'll post more pictures as well.

lowco1 03-27-2009 02:44 AM

The rock looks good I cant wait to see it with more in there it is going to look great. I am sure that the cichlids are going to love it to.


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