New 55g tank - photo journal.
So.. Its been a while since Ive posted on the forums. My fiancée and I bought a house and moved a few months ago. We received a 55g tank for a housewarming gift and I just got around to setting it up and moving my fish into their new home!
I started with two 29g's. When we moved, I re homed several of my tetra so that I could condense down to just one 29g until I had the time to set up the 55g.
A few weekends ago, we finally bought a stand and I got to set up the new 55g! I'm in the process of saving up for a good canister filter.. but I couldn't wait to set it up so I'll just upgrade that component soon! (any suggestions for a good cannister filter are welcome!)
I did notice how bad the HOB filter is doing at filtering out the big junk in my tank though once I took these pictures.. it looks disgusting! Anyways..
From my old tank I moved over :
11 Rummynose Tetra
3 Lemon tetra
6 oto catfish
9 corys - 3 different species (3 each)
2 mystery snails
2 Apistogramma cacatuoides (pair -- I lost my other females in the move.. :( )
I added a few fish once I set up the tank.
FINALLY found some more lemon tetra -- I added 5 more.
I also added 6 black kuhli loaches
And... I added 6 angel fish.
Now I know that you aren't supposed to mix cichlids together BUT I have had my apistos for several months now and they are both unusually docile. They have spawned several times and show little to no aggression even when spawning. I do have a backup tank ready to go just in case though!
Also, on the rummy's with the angels. the angels are very young, quarter size, so Ive read if they grow up with the rummys they may be less inclined to make them a snack? Again, the backup tank is ready!
Anyways, here are some pictures from the tank -- its been set up about 3 weeks now. Most of the stuff was moved over from my old tank - I did just use play sand though for this tank and I have to say I really like it!
Finally, I have 2 questions.
Does anyone know what kind of Crypt this is? Ive never seen one that was this color.. Its almost a peach color. Its really pretty -- Just curious if anyone has seen this before?
Also -- The 3 lemon tetra that Ive had from my other tank are a gorgeous yellow color. I bought 5 new ones (they have been unavailable since i bought my original 6 - 3 died) and they are a bland white color. Will it just take time for them to color up? Could it be because they are ( or appear) younger? Or are they possibly stressed? They've been in the tank for over a week now. You can see the color difference in the picture below.
WOW!! I'm blown away!! Your tank is very beautiful!! I'm super jealous right now!! UGH!! I wish you could design my tank.
Thanks!! Im really excited to see this one filled in. I think I may get a little dwarf sag and then be done with plants until it grows in!
On the crypt, it may be a Cryptocoryne undulata [click the shaded name for the profile with photos]. The pale colouration will likely deepen as it settles in. Substrate fertilizer tab could help, and/or a liquid fertilizer like Flourish Comprehensive or FlorinMulti.
On the Lemon Tetra, they too will likely darken as they settle and mature.
Its very beauitul!
Its so way beyond overstocked! Like crazy over stocked!
I guess I should have mentioned -- I'm looking at getting a breeding pair of angels and then I'm returning the rest to my LFS.
They are so tiny right now I think I might be okay until they pair off.
In my 50 gallon for the past week I have had 10 small Red Belly Piranha, 10 Serpae Tetra, 4 Tiger Barbs, 1 Clown Loach, 1 Chinese Algae Eater, 1 Rhino Pleco, and 1 Black Ghost Knife.
Though all small right now, that is still 28 fish in a 50 gallon tank. I have seen no agression (even with the piranhas) and everyone seems to be happy and have their own little area. Also no problems with Ammonia or Nitrates.
Otherwise, beautiful tank! I like the stand for it as well!
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