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post #1 of 19
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I just started an African Cichlid tank
(45 gal.). It's my first Cichlid tank and first tank of any kind in years. It took about a month to get it set up where I could start adding fish. I think I have it pretty stable so I hope to add a few more in a week or so. Here are a few pics:






I thought it would be interesting to see other tanks and have an area to talk about them. Hopefully, it will be of interest to others.
post #2 of 19
I don't have any pics of my tank yet. I have a 5 inch oscar, 6 inch angel fish, some random grommie, and a pleco in a 20 gallon tank right now. I am going to get a 75 gallon within a month or so.
post #3 of 19
Got neon tetras, black neons, Glowlight tetras, silvertips, and some mystery barbs (cherry/rosy). Possibly going to add penguin tetras and blue rams.
Thinking about a smaller tank for two or three dwarf puffers, they are quirky little fish with a lot of character.
post #4 of 19
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Originally Posted by no1likesme View Post
I don't have any pics of my tank yet. I have a 5 inch oscar, 6 inch angel fish, some random grommie, and a pleco in a 20 gallon tank right now. I am going to get a 75 gallon within a month or so.
That 5" oscar isn't going to remain 5" for long. I had one years ago that was so big when I gave it away I could have filleted it. It was a cool fish. Down here when they get too big people dump them in the canals. Now we have a non native fish multiplying like crazy. One of these days I want to convince my wife to get 100 or bigger tank and go saltwater.
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Got neon tetras, black neons, Glowlight tetras, silvertips, and some mystery barbs (cherry/rosy). Possibly going to add penguin tetras and blue rams.
Thinking about a smaller tank for two or three dwarf puffers, they are quirky little fish with a lot of character.
I had puffer a long time ago as well. They are cool fish.
post #5 of 19
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One of these days I want to convince my wife to get 100 or bigger tank and go saltwater.

I had puffer a long time ago as well. They are cool fish.


Saltwater is EXTREMELY expensive. I had a 29 gallon long, and on average, costs would exceed $400 a month. Saltwater are also more complex than fresh water, which is where the costs start to add up.

Saltwater is however the most satisfing of them all. Just down right gorgeous reefs can be had in-home, at a cost however.

Here's a good place to start for "high-end" corals..

http://www.reefermadness.us/



I had to break mine up, I couldn't afford it. I make decent money, espcially for being 20, but it didn't make much sense to continue spending at the rate I was..
post #6 of 19
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Saltwater is EXTREMELY expensive. I had a 29 gallon long, and on average, costs would exceed $400 a month. Saltwater are also more complex than fresh water, which is where the costs start to add up.

Saltwater is however the most satisfing of them all. Just down right gorgeous reefs can be had in-home, at a cost however.

Here's a good place to start for "high-end" corals..

http://www.reefermadness.us/



I had to break mine up, I couldn't afford it. I make decent money, espcially for being 20, but it didn't make much sense to continue spending at the rate I was..
NO! Must resist. Cannot afford another hugely expensive hobby.
post #7 of 19
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Originally Posted by nick20 View Post
Saltwater is EXTREMELY expensive. I had a 29 gallon long, and on average, costs would exceed $400 a month. Saltwater are also more complex than fresh water, which is where the costs start to add up.

Saltwater is however the most satisfing of them all. Just down right gorgeous reefs can be had in-home, at a cost however.

Here's a good place to start for "high-end" corals..

http://www.reefermadness.us/



I had to break mine up, I couldn't afford it. I make decent money, espcially for being 20, but it didn't make much sense to continue spending at the rate I was..
I didn't realize that the cost was that high. I don't recall spending that kind of money when I had a tank but I did try to do it on a low budget and the tank probably not do as well as it could. But even at half that cost, I don't think I would do it.
post #8 of 19
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I didn't realize that the cost was that high. I don't recall spending that kind of money when I had a tank but I did try to do it on a low budget and the tank probably not do as well as it could. But even at half that cost, I don't think I would do it.

Well, apprioate lighting, depending on the size of the tank - $300-$1,000+

And that's just lighting.. no tank, no stand, no water etc.



If I could have the tank I did at half the cost, I would be down for it. But it's the corals, and coral frags, and other things I kept wanting to get. It started to get pricy.. in a 30 gallon tank, you can have quite a few corals.

Not to mention decent water testing equipment can easily run you a few hundred dollars.


I could go on an on, but I won't. To put it short, I'd like to do a freshwater tank next. But that won't be for a while.


I also like the look of real fresh water plants.
post #9 of 19
I used to have a 100 gal African tank. They are fun and aggressive and like to rearrange the tank. I did it for many years and had many spawning pairs. Your tank looks good. They like lots of hiding places. The larger gravel will slow down their rearranging a bit.
post #10 of 19
My father owns 3 salt water aquariums, 55 gallon, and two 125 gallons. I might be able to get a few snap shots in tonight.
post #11 of 19
Sorry to bump this thread up -- but I've recently become intrigued by saltwater aquariums. Does anyone know of a "Head-Fi"-like forum for (saltwater) aquariums?

I'm a total noob, by the way.
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post #13 of 19
If anyone is interested in freshwater aquaria and aquatic plants and the scaping of them, google (or google image) Takashi Amano and be ready to fall in love.

A good planted tank alongside a nice reef tank are joys to behold.
post #14 of 19
I was an aquarium addict for a few years. I had a 55 gallon ciclid (suckers bred like rabbits...I had to sell fish back to the LFS every couple of months). I also had a 40 gallon reef with clams, LPS and SPS corals and a 12 gallon nano cube. My electric bill got too high and the everyday maintenance got to me. I ran two 150 watt metal halides over 40 gallon tank with fans to keep the water temp in check, so my evap rate was over 2 gallons per day....that's a lot of trips to the store for RO water. Plus I did 25% water changes every single week on each tank. That's a lot of salt. For a while it was very rewarding, especially when the corals took off. I had a frogspawn frag that grew to the size of a soccer ball. I still have a custom 30 gallon tall and all of the equipment that I'm still deciding what to do with. I would like to set it up one day...maybe a barnacle blenny setup with a few LPS.

Oh yeah, the Head-Fi of reef tanks is reefcentral.com. For newbies, Wetwebmedia, Aquarium, Pond, Marine and Freshwater Fish, reef tanks, and Aquatics Information is THE place.
post #15 of 19
bringing up old thread... try staring @ an aquarium while listen to your tunes, its very relaxing.

here's mine








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