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flyfisher 05-18-2010 06:35 PM

Starting a new Tanganyika tank
 
Hello! I'm brand new to the forum and I couldn't resist joining after reading all the posts. I've been keeping fish for years but now I'm trying something totally new... I'm going into Lake Tanganyika fish keeping.

I've already started the fishless cycle with ammonia. The tank is a 90 gallon filtered by an Eheim 2075 canister filter. I'm very excited about this and would appreciate any and all advice from those of you in the know.
I would like a community tank so I was wondering what species to go with and and what would be the maximum capacity for a tank this size. Also, I haven't started using any water treatments. Should I be putting salts or adjusting PH at this point? I just started the ammonia today
Thanks in advance for your replies.

jpbotha 05-21-2010 12:28 AM

I've always had a malawi tank, which was great until i discovered the Frontosa. I've changed my whole tank to a frontosa only tank and have never looked back. Ask anyone with a frontosa tank and they should agree.
They're expensive but beautiful. Lake Tanyanika ph is between 8-9. So you should measure yours and maybe add a buffer of some sort. I use normal bicarbonate of soda to adjust my ph.
Its better to adjust it before adding any fish to avoid the fish stressing too much. The addional salt cannot do any harm it will only help the fish. i only use salt and extra temperature for medication. A lot of members might not agree but it has always been working for all types of illnesses.
I can give you more advice on Frontosa's but not really community tanks from tanyanika. Water conditions however will remain the same.

flyfisher 05-21-2010 12:32 PM

I've been reading a lot about the Fronts and see that there are different types. Also that there are minimum tank size requirements. I would love to keep them. Do you think my 90 gallon will suffice? Do you keep anything other than the Fronts in the tank?

jpbotha 05-25-2010 10:33 AM

90 g will be enough. depending on how many you want. I would say you can at least add 10 fronts in there. The most common is the Burundi Frontosa. There is a variety of 6 stripe frontosa's but only one 7 stripe type, the kigoma frontosa, quite scares and expensive. All of them are beautiful anyway. I would say to go for any of the 6 stripe frontosa's.
What filtration do you have?
They are really not hard to maintain if you have a good filtration system.

flyfisher 05-26-2010 12:52 PM

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Originally Posted by jpbotha (Post 390585)
90 g will be enough. depending on how many you want. I would say you can at least add 10 fronts in there. The most common is the Burundi Frontosa. There is a variety of 6 stripe frontosa's but only one 7 stripe type, the kigoma frontosa, quite scares and expensive. All of them are beautiful anyway. I would say to go for any of the 6 stripe frontosa's.
What filtration do you have?
They are really not hard to maintain if you have a good filtration system.

using an eheim 2075. Just waiting rather anxiously for the cycle to do it's thing. LOL No nitrites yet.
Brown algae but no nitrites...

jpbotha 05-27-2010 02:37 AM

Filter will be fine. With a 90 gallon you can actually have a nice variety of fish. Or just a frontosa tank.LOL.
This is a link to a tank stocking calculator that should give you a good idea of what and how much you can stock your tank.
It will also give you advice on what type of fish species not to put together.
http://www.aqadvisor.com/
Hope it helps a bit

flyfisher 05-28-2010 06:34 AM

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Originally Posted by jpbotha (Post 391899)
Filter will be fine. With a 90 gallon you can actually have a nice variety of fish. Or just a frontosa tank.LOL.
This is a link to a tank stocking calculator that should give you a good idea of what and how much you can stock your tank.
It will also give you advice on what type of fish species not to put together.
http://www.aqadvisor.com/
Hope it helps a bit

Thanks for the link.

I've been using it and it's been a great help.
The tank is turning out to not be as big as I thought , Especially if I want to keep the Frontosas.
LOL.
Oh well we'll see. In the mean time still waiting to see some nitrites

jpbotha 05-28-2010 10:53 AM

Keep us up to date and dont forget the PICTURES


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