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Old 11-11-2012, 04:10 PM   #1
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I have a decent sized 56 column tank. I have worked with fish throughout high school and my college years. This is my first tank that I started at age 19. I couldn't decide whether to do an African or South American tank. Did a lot if research on both types that would be compatible with each other I came to the conclusion and they have been housed together for 3+ years no issues with aggressive behaviors with each other. Along the way I have only lost 1 parrot fish which I found out was due to water quality buoy can see in these
Photos crushed coral. This helps keep my water hard because where I live I have very soft water which was hurting my ph. Then I lost 1 convict to a fungus but had him for 3 years. He just passed 6 months ago and was sad for me. Enjoy my pics. Please no arguments over my compatibility
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Old 11-11-2012, 04:21 PM   #2
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Nice stock choices and great looking fish!!
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Old 11-11-2012, 07:43 PM   #3
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I also mix Africans and South Americans as well, along with a few community and a RES turtle. All are happy and healthy, about 6 months ago I lost 2 parrotfish to a Red Devil who has since been re-homed due to aggression, AVOID them, he even started attacking my oscars who were twice his size. My current stocking list (which I'm sure I will catch grief about) 2 Oscars, 2 electric yellow labs, 2 red fin tinfoil barbs, 1 albino zebra, 1 convict, 1 parrotfish, 1 common Pleco, 2 rainbow sharks, 1 RES, 1 Spotted Gar, 1 Kissing Gourami, 5 electric yellow/hybrid fry. 125 gallon tank. All are happy and healthy, no aggression other than small tiffs between the Zebra and Pleco who doesn't pay him any mind.
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Old 11-11-2012, 07:48 PM   #4
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I really like the colors on your Peacock? And your convict looks awesome, nice and bright contrast between the gray and black.
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Old 11-11-2012, 08:06 PM   #5
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Awesome! Thanks for your response. Yes, my jacobfreibergi is pretty awesome. I think I got lucky with this purchase. Got him about 2 years ago and was the last new addition before the death of my convict and then new convict. I will never get a devil. Also watch out for the butterkofferois. I bought two as an impulse buy and then did research on them. Not a good pick!
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Old 11-11-2012, 08:07 PM   #6
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I also hope not to catch grief. People will pick but we know ours are working out.
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Old 11-11-2012, 08:12 PM   #7
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Yeah my devil was an impulse buy, also my first fish, I have since learned a lot and in the last year have gone from my starter 10gal to 3 tanks, my 125 mixed cichlid, 40gal breeder FOWLR, and 10gal dwarf puffer tank. I have become a real addict. So by column tank you mean a cylinder.
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Old 11-11-2012, 08:23 PM   #8
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No. It is not cylindrical. This is it here. http://m.petsmart.com/mt/www.petsmar...ductId=3804456 it is an awesome shape and perfect in my living room. I love it as it is my first tank I started at 19. Now 22 and still going through nursing school it is a hobby of mine.
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Old 11-11-2012, 09:32 PM   #9
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No it's not a cylinder. It's a wide tank I believe. Kinda square-ish but not quite. Right?
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Old 11-11-2012, 09:34 PM   #10
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Hi Chris! Yes thanks for answering his question. (Chris is my cousin) it is kind if squarish
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It started as a hobby about a year ago, it has since become an obsession. I'm in the USCG.
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Wow!! Awesome tank! Not familiar with the uscg term? I see your clown loach left bottom and the tin foil barbs as well as your parrot. Cannot make out the school on the top left. What does you turtle eat in a mixed tank like that. My cousin Has a large tank with parrots, Mississippi map turtle and I forget the others. Help me out here Chris. How does that sand work out with syphoning? I know my cichlids prefer a sand substrate but I have has the blue gravel and crushed coral as the starting up. I haven't changed any decor or gravel since the start up.
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The USCG is the United States Coast Guard. The school is just feeders, for my oscars and the gar. The sand is not bad at all for siphoning, just take my time and keep the siphon about 1/2"-1" above it and it pulls all the filth right off and leaves the sand in its place, it's nice because the filth doesn't get down in between the particles nearly as badly as it does with the gravel. I started with gravel and was nervous to do sand but now I wouldn't have it any other way. My RES eats All types of fish food (flake,crisps,sticks,pellets) along with feeders, frozen flounder, mealworms, and a small frozen hopper mouse every now and again.
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2 parrots, 2 African spottef leaf fish, a synodontis catfish (no positive id) and 2 knifes fish. No aggression at all. And I just siphon the water not the sand. And yes sand is better for water quality, but gravel is fine if maintained. Particles will float down between the gravel. With sand, less particles get down in between if it's a very fine sand (like sugar sized grain). And sand also allows anaerobic bacteria to colonize and turn nitrates into nitrogen gas, very beneficial if maintained correctly, but certainly not needed as we can see from above.
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O thanks for your service! As easy as that sand does sound I have had great success with my gravel and they (dempseys) do not mind it. I have a few marbles in there along with a sea glass that has been powder coated so it is not sharp. They pick that up and always make a nest of marbles. Never seen eggs yet though :/ could be because they just aren't a breeding pair or the Pleco is getting to the eggs.
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If it works, don't fix it. I like the blue gravel and if your additions (marbles, sea glass) keep them busy thats even better. I had my gravel for several months and it is still in use in my friends 55g. Nothing wrong with it just requires a bit more thorough cleaning.
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I wasn't aware plecos ate eggs, although as scavengers I guess it makes sense. I've also been hoping to wake up with Oscar eggs, but due to them not being dimorphic I don't know if I even have 1 male and 1 female, I guess my odds are 1::3 so well see, they are coming up on a year in the next couple months which I read is about sexual maturity for them. Lets hope if I do manage to get some eggs my Pleco won't eat them.
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It is possible to mix them, if it works out than its ok To me. others doint like that idd. But I doint bite your head off. I had posted it the beginning. I had a lot people that got mad because I mixed them. They looking good. So I doint have a problem with that good job.
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Great cichlids.
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