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insectocean
11-03-2009, 03:46 AM
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Just got it up and running. Soil Substrate.

Equipment
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Fluval 305 Canister Filter
40 Watt light

Planning to get a powerhead and more lighting to bring to around 2 WPG

Plant List
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Crypt, Walkerii
Pennywort, Brazilian (Hydrocotyle Leucocephala)(
Cabomba Green (Cabomba carolina)
Spiralis (Cryptocoryne spiralis)
Ludwigia Peruensis (Ludwigia peruensis)
Myrio, Red (Myriophyllum heterophyllum)

Stocking Plan
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4 Red-Finned Loaches
20 tetra of some sort
1 Bristlenose pleco

Any other suggestions would be welcome. Tell me what you think.

iZinedane
11-03-2009, 04:55 AM
Cool tank! thumbs2:

DrNic
11-03-2009, 05:15 AM
Looks great! Can't wait to see how the fish look. thumbs2: thumbs2:

rich311k
11-03-2009, 01:14 PM
Very nice. Looks like a good start.

insectocean
11-11-2009, 12:06 AM
As of 11/10/09
Equipment
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Fluval 305 Canister Filter
40 Watt Florescent light
2x36 Watt T8 Flourescent
300 GPH Flowhead with spray bar


Plant List
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Crypt, Walkerii
Pennywort, Brazilian (Hydrocotyle Leucocephala)(
Cabomba Green (Cabomba carolina)
Spiralis (Cryptocoryne spiralis)
Ludwigia Peruensis (Ludwigia peruensis)
Myrio, Red (Myriophyllum heterophyllum)

Stocking List(so far)
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4 Red-Finned Loaches
10 Serpae Tetra

http://i33.tinypic.com/1214pdh.jpg

insectocean
11-13-2009, 05:00 AM
I just bought four yellow lab cichlids they are all about 2-3 inches in length. I realize I am going to have to move the tetra to another tank soon, but i think they are big enough to deal with the cichlids for the moment. I am wondering if I will need to add more cichlids to keep aggression levels down.

Probably shouldn't have bought them without a little more research, but i guess I've been itching to stock this tank a little too much.

Lab_Rat
11-14-2009, 09:39 PM
I would really take the yellow labs back as they are likely to destroy your planted tank. Not to mention rift lake cichlids need a very different setup than the one you have.

insectocean
11-16-2009, 07:35 PM
I have lots of rock available around me(I live on Lake Superior) and I'm working on making some pvc fake rock-scapes. So I've decided to go with cichlids. If they start ripping my plants to shreds I have another tank to move them. I'm guessing the digging behavior doesn't manifest until they are adults as I haven't seen any of that behavior as of yet.

I'm thinking I will go with 3 different species with 14 fish total.
6 yellow lab
4 clown lab
4 ?????????

I'm thinking a red fish that has a less aggressive temperament to go along with the labs

bushwhacker
11-16-2009, 11:34 PM
well you can kiss that planted tank good bye..lol your cichlids will shred em. to bad it was starting to fill in too. you might try rustys for your red cichlids

insectocean
11-18-2009, 12:56 AM
Well after thinking about it some more I'm taking them back to the lfs. From my research some kribs would be a better choice. What are other dwarf cichlids that would be compatible with the planted tank?

insectocean
12-07-2009, 11:28 PM
As of 12/7/09
http://i45.tinypic.com/2aoyg7.jpg

brianyu
12-08-2009, 12:32 AM
nice growing there. not bad with low light u have there, but 40 watts will be hard to grow fast. maybe 80 watts will do the job.

incorporeal_x
12-08-2009, 12:40 AM
Everything looks so green

insectocean
12-08-2009, 01:04 AM
Actually i bought a t8 ballast with 2x36 bulbs so I am at 112 watts. The regular florescent bulb probably isn't very efficient right now since i got it used and haven't replaced it