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mwarsell 10-13-2013 11:56 AM

MTS brewing: which tank to go for next?
I've got a loosely South American based cichlid tank at the moment, looking at some super bargains on used tanks. I have a lone sewellia lineolata (hillstream loach) in the cichlid tank, would love to dedicate a tank to this species. I also have 6 otos in the tank, otos-only tank would be so cool too.

Which would you go for (an Asian river stream tank or SA oto tank) and why? The new tank will be a 52 gallon.

willow 10-13-2013 01:53 PM

i love otos :-D

Boredomb 10-13-2013 01:57 PM

Have always wanted to a dedicated tank for hillstream loaches!! I would soo do that if I could!

BWG 10-13-2013 02:12 PM

Hillstream tank for sure. Apistos and otos are fine together. Apistos and hillstream loaches not so much since the loaches should have a fairly extreme amount of current, something the cichlids (and otos) can't handle.

Quantum 10-13-2013 02:19 PM

agree, set up the new tank for the needs of the loach, get some more and maybe add something like white clouds for tankmates

mwarsell 10-13-2013 10:00 PM

Hillstream loach tank coming right up! More on the details later. I love otos, but I also fell in love with this little guy since I added a small powerhead and a few smooth stones he seems to be much happier. But now get's his own suite :) (+ some friends later).

mwarsell 10-13-2013 10:53 PM

Should I go with this

River-Tank Manifold Design — Loaches Online

design or are there alternatives? The above seems quite complicated to do.

mwarsell 10-13-2013 11:40 PM

This is turning into a river tank thread but...

Would it be easier to use something like the Koralia powerheads instead? What would be a good power/amount of them for a 52 gal river tank?

mwarsell 10-22-2013 01:37 AM

Ok 50 gal river tank up and running. I moved the sewellia there and yesterday bought 7 tank mates for him (4 female, 3 male sewellia). The original guy is like an alpha male there, sending all the other males off the smooth stones and trying to mate with every female. Lol. It's pretty fun to watch. I hope though that later the 7 realize that they have to do something and claim their own spaces.

Will send pictures later, waiting for another powerhead and another filter. The gravel is smooth, round river gravel (0.3-0.5"), in the middle some smooth rocks. Across the aquarium runs a smooth white dolomite pebble path to give some food for eye and hopefully raising the GH and KH a bit. Currently growing algae and aufwuchs on the window pane and will circulate these yummy stones when the stones in the tank look exhausted.

mwarsell 11-16-2013 07:14 AM

1 Attachment(s)'s my sewellia tank. Background art courtesy of my 9-year-old daughters :-)

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