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Old 03-04-2004, 03:13 PM   #1
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3 to 5 tanks in under 8 hours

My fiancé and I spent his last unemployed day setting up our new 50 gal and a 20 gal that we had laying around.

Here is a break down of what will go where:

80 Gallon Cichlid Tank with tons of lace rock, basalt, some Texas Holey Rock, ornament stump and a piece of natural wood; Via Aqua canister filter: 2 Pseudotropheus zebra (1 blue, 1 white), Blue Acara—Aequidens pulcher, Girraffe patterned cichlid--Nimbochromis venustus, Jack Dempsey--Nandopsis octofasciatum, Powder Blue cichlid-- Pseudotropheus socolofi, Striped River Catfish--Mystus vittatus, and one ugly Synodontis

50 Gallon Community Tank with small gravel and gravel that looks like river stones, fake plants, ornament stump and lots of natural wood; 304 Fluval: 8 assorted Cory Cats, Rubber Lip Pleco, 2 Bolivian Rams, 2 Kuhli Loaches, Butterfly Loach, 3 Silver-tip Tetras, 2 Serpae Tetra, young convict cichlid-- Archocentrus nigrofaciatus (just visiting), 2 clown loaches-- Botia macracanthus (just visiting), and 4 assorted “rounder” Tetras

29 gal Lake Tanganyika biotope (well, getting there) with sand (coming soon—rocks); 104 Fluval: 2 brichardi (and shell dwellers to be added later)

20 gal BW Tank with black gravel, few fake plants and centerpiece castle (I got tired of all “natural” tanks); bio wheel: Fish to be added: bb gobies, a few Mollies and a few Celebese Rainbow (Marosatherina ladigesi)

10 Gallon Badis badis Hex Tank with giant fake fern and natural wood; mini bio wheel and wall of bubbles: 6 Badis badis, and a Butterfly Loach

5 gal QT—recovering 7” pleco (once healthy—back into the 80 gal)

2.5 gal QT--5 pygmy cories (once the Badis are healthy—into the 10 gal)

The 80 gal needs help, well over a year ago we bought "assorted" cichlids and NOW we now better. So far, they are fine, but Jack is maturing and needs to go .

The bb gobies are on order and I'll pick up the Rainbows on Tuesday when they are on sale.

We have clearly lost our minds. The apartment that we are renting has very few outlets and it seems that to use the microwave, we will be turning off all the lights and anything that is not necessary. Well, at least our three cats and two cockatiels don’t need electricity!

To top it all off, I found a beautiful denim blue betta with white tips yesterday. If he's still there when the bb gobies come in, he will get to live in a 2 gal tank I have around here somewhere (or a divided 10 gal—if I can talk my fiancé into it). (Okay, I HAVE lost my mind )
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Sounds like a nice collection, should all look pretty good when its all done
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Sounds awsome.
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It all sounds great and I am jealous!

Be careful about putting the shellies in with the Brichardi, since it will be a little tight and the Brichardi will be quite a bit bigger. I was going to do this very thing in my 44 and the shelly breeder told me it was a bad idea. If it works out let me know because it is something I am still interested in doing.
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Actually a good point, al they're the same genera, not exactly the best fish to have together, in most cases
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I was going to do this very thing in my 44 and the shelly breeder told me it was a bad idea.
Hmmm, I was talking with someone at a cichlid specialty LFS and mentioned my plan. He did not seem worried. He was more worried about the 80 gal. I don't have the little guys yet, so I will do more research.
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Both of them are so fierce when they are spawning, especially the shellies, who are not afraid to step up to the plate, if you know what I mean. The Brichardi are bigger but the shellies don't care, and it gets rough, as it was explained to me.

I thought that with a 44 breeder (deep, rather than high) there would be plenty of floor space for the shellies, with tall rockwork for the Brichardi, but who knows. I know the Brichardi right now are all over the tank, bottom to top. If I do get the shellies I will rearrange the rockwork and upset the territories (would have been better to add everybody all at once for this reason) and see how it goes. I love 'em both! I am very interested in how it goes if you decide to do it.
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I just can't get over the title of this thread! I am exhausted just thinking about it. Maybe it is because we are planning a move this spring and I don't want to face the reality... I really had not thought much about outlets! 8O I am nothing without outlets...
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TG--well, our backs are paying for it! In those eight hours, my fiancé put together a stand for the 50 gal and reinforced it. Meanwhile, I was moving fish, cleaning gravel, sand and rocks, not to mention running into the living room to help with the stand. He was getting over a cold and little did I know, I was getting it .

To top it off, we will be forced to move in probably under a year. When we moved to Calgary, we took the first place we saw that was not on a busy street and within our budget. A developer owns the place and it will be torn down to put up a duplex or 4-plex since we're so close to the university and the hospital. We wish the place wasn't being torn down--it's great and I walk only 10 minutes into the hospital and over to the research facility.
We have a history of setting up tanks and having to move. Our last 5 months in Idaho, we were living in a trailer, knowing we were going to move when we made the decision to buy and set up the 80 gal. We don’t just lose our minds for the fish. While visiting Calgary last summer, I bought a 4 ½ foot tall cat condo—I would have gone bigger, but this was the biggest size that would fit in my Honda. We had it for less than 6 months in ID and then moved it up here. Luckily (or unluckily), we don’t own very much furniture .
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Prob'ly not much room for furniture. I'd much rather furnish my house with tanks, and sit on the floor!
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