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Old 06-03-2012, 02:23 PM   #1
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African Leaf Fish Tank Build

This is kind of a spin off of my other thread, I Got Permission to Get Another Tank! What Do I Do? , this is the actual build! I decided on my theme on the first thread.
So as the title says this is a tank for African Leaf fish(Polycentropsis abbreviata). I plan on having a pair of them with a trio of South American Bumble Bee Catfish (not like Bumble Bee Gobies). I also plan on having a Bushy Nosed Pleco and a school of mediumish fish. I was thinking Turquoise Danios, Red Eyed Tetras, or Penguin Tetras but I am not really sure on those yet......
The tank is going to have a sand and seashell substrate. For decor I was thinking (but am still open to suggestions on) a sunken ship and some driftwood and rocks with plants attached. I was thinking Java Fern, Anubias, and some kind of Moss (maybe a cut up Marimo Moss Ball).
Equipment wise I will be using an Aqueon Quiet Flow 30 Filter (for now) but I need help on deciding on a light (Must be able to grow low light plants AND have moonlights)

So I will be buying the tank soon (probably a 26 gallon bowfront) I hope you will follow along and give me some much needed advice and suggestions!

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Old 06-03-2012, 04:39 PM   #2
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African leaf fish need soft acidic water i believe. Depending on the amount of seashells you plan on using it may effect your ph btw. Just thought I'd throw that out there.
I'm following along also. I always wanted a species only tank with them. Goodluck
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Old 06-03-2012, 04:39 PM   #3
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What's the lenght of the 26G bow front? I'll look through some great websites and post when I find the kind of light your looking for

What about having a black water tank to make them feel even more at home? I know it has some great benefits.
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Old 06-03-2012, 08:24 PM   #4
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African leaf fish need soft acidic water i believe. Depending on the amount of seashells you plan on using it may effect your ph btw. Just thought I'd throw that out there.
I'm following along also. I always wanted a species only tank with them. Goodluck
Yea I thought about that. Right now I have it in my 5 gallon. The shells alone might be able to cover the bottom on a 5 gallon and they are smooth small shells. I will keep an eye on that. I collected them from the beach myself I picked only the smooth nonporous ones for the most part.
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What's the lenght of the 26G bow front? I'll look through some great websites and post when I find the kind of light your looking for

What about having a black water tank to make them feel even more at home? I know it has some great benefits.
The lenght is 24 inches.
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Im also following but I don't know anything about lighting.
Well thanks for following! I have plenty of other questions you can help with lol
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Old 06-03-2012, 08:44 PM   #5
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Theres this one. It also has free shipping

Odyssea T5 Aquarium Lighting
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Theres this one. It also has free shipping

Odyssea T5 Aquarium Lighting
Love it! Do you trust aquatraders? Also, where can I get a glass top so I can fit it on my tank?
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Love it! Do you trust aquatraders? Also, where can I get a glass top so I can fit it on my tank?
never done any buisness with them, but heard pretty good reviews. Ive seen some for sale at petco/petsmart but maybe try going to a glass shop? im not sure sorry lol
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never done any buisness with them, but heard pretty good reviews. Ive seen some for sale at petco/petsmart but maybe try going to a glass shop? im not sure sorry lol
Thats alright. I found a glass top on Amazon. I really like that light. Can I run 2 no bulbs in it instead of 4 ho though? I think the African Leaf Fish likes dimmer lighting.
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Ok I did some research on the Odyssea light and aquatraders. Aquatraders got an F rating from the better business burea. Odyssea lights supposedly have a problem with catching on fire. Does anybody else make a light like that one minus the spontaeous combustion lol
What I was thinking for lighting: Versa Glass Top- 30$
Coralife dual bulb t5 no: 42$
TrueLumen 3 LED linking module x2 about 32$
Thoughts?
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I went to my LFS today and they had South American Leaf Fish! I wish they werent to big!
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