This was a "Craigslist Special".....my wife and I were extremely fortunate to luck up on this one. The setup consisted of a 58G Oceanic tank w/overflow, matching stand, glass top, Eheim 2217 filter in "like new" condition (including media), 110W (2x55W) PC
lighting, 5gal bucket of Flourite, and a brand new Carbo Plus CO2
Total cost: $60.00!!! 8O
Yes, you read that right....60 bucks for that entire setup. To make it even sweeter, I sold the Carbo Plus on eBay for $60....so this whole setup basically cost us nothing! The Flourite went to our own Jchillin
....somebody had to help him get rid of the blue stuff. :P
The tank set up on a DIY stand. I added a Eheim 2213 from the 29G Demasoni tank, which was taken down to make room for this tank. We decided to go with a nice, peaceful (for Mbuna) Saulosi species tank. The goal was to get some more color in the tank, but to only house one species for breeding purposes. So, out went the Demasoni and in came the Saulosi. I was able to get a good deal on a group of 24 juvies. None of the males have shown any real color change, but there are one or two showing some blue/back on the fins. It'll be a while before we know exactly how many males/females we have.
The substrate is plain old natural sand from Home Depot (~$3.00 for 50lbs) while the rockwork is a bunch of 'wild caught' rocks that I have been accumulating over the past 6 months or so. It was nice to finally be able to put them to use. Buckets of rocks do not go over too well.
Here are some pics...
Full Tank Shot
Male starting to change color