After alot of reading, I've decided to get away from the 58 gal
peaceful community tank (see my sig) and go for some colorful, semi-aggressive cichlids. My 36 inch long, 58 gal
tank is mature and cycled. My first new acquisition will be a single blue acara (Aequidens pulcher). Tankmates I am considering include one firemouth (Thorichthys meeki), one green or gold severum (Heros serverus), one rainbow cichlid (Herotilapia multispinosa), one festivum (Cichlasoma festivum), and a pleco (L-134, L-18, L-34, or L-144a)
I am running an Eheim 2026 filter and I change 50% of the water once a week. I don't think that the six fish I have in mind will overcrowd the tank, but please say something if you think otherwise. I plan to introduce each new fish at two week intervals so as not to overburden the biofilter. Also, I am not anticipating too much aggression since I will not be having any breeding pairs.
I've made alot of changes in my 58 gal
tank. I built LOTS of caves and ledges with picturerock sandstone and petrified wood. I also slowly changed out the substrate from a light-colored fluorite gravel to dark brown river pebbles. The silk plants are gone - they were looking crappy anyway - and the remaining tall plastic plants are concentrated in a corner near the filter intake and heater.
The danios and tetras currently in the 58 gal
will go into a heavily planted 7 gal
. The corys will go into my 15 gal