Well, as some of you know, I have been having cichlid problems. To try and alleviate the problem, I have punished the alpha male by giving him a tank of his own
. In doing so, I found that my jaguar skull from South America, which I had to take out of my tank when I changed from a S.A. black water tank to an African Lake Malawi tank, has magically turned into a lion skull from Africa!
He's in a 10 gallon tank, with a 1:3 mixture of aquarium pebbles and aragonite sand substrate. I put a few rocks from the old aquarium in the tank to kick-start the nitrogen cycle. Heater and airstone are conveniently hidden behind the fake rock decoration. I have a regular HOB
filter. I'm thinking of moving the thermometer or getting a different type.
I'm going to see how he does for a couple weeks, and then may add another cave and an upside-down catfish. Here's a pic of the setup, I'll get better pics to put in my gallery at a later date:
By the way, if someone wants a sand substrate in a small fw
tank, I wholly recommend buying aragonite from the lfs
. I grumbled a bit, because Home Depot was actually out of playsand, and I had to spend $17 for 30# of aragonite from Petsmart. But when I got home, I was amazed. It's much easier to clean, and didn't cloud the water as much as the Home Depot play sand. If 30# or less is all that is needed for a sandy bottom, I recommend the aquarium sand.