so i decided i was going to break down my 55 gal
and make it what i really want so i took the stand which i don't really want and painted it a rusty type of color i used Rust-leum with the hammered texture and i am currently in the process of painting the background black on the tank and i'm also painting the plastic from the brownish color to black as well
(i like black). i am on a budget and the stand is an iron stand so i think i'm going to stick with the HOB
filters rather than a canister filter although i might still consider it. (i like to hear from experience if anyone prefers HOB
or canister filters?) i am going to hang a shop light from the ceiling and depending on what i decide to do with the aquarium which i will get into in a second i will put the appropriate lighting for plant growth! now this is where my dilemma comes into play i really like how Malawi cichlids look in the aquarium but i already have some fish what i have now are:
1 albino rainbow shark 4-5"
1 pleco 3"
1striped raphael catfish 1-1 1/2"
1 angelfish 2"
1 striped peacock eel 5-6"
now i want to keep the eel regardless but i cant decide on weather to do an angelfish tank or a cichlid tank. i have some stones to make caves and things of that nature the substrate i still need to get weather it be sand or gravel i want it to be black. if for angelfish i would obviously need to plant some stuff in there what would be recommended. *question and i think the answer might be "NO" but would i be ok planting aquarium grass with the eel? and are there any cichlids that might be able to live in peace with the eel? i also plan on getting driftwood regardless of what fish i decide to go with.