View Full Version : 100g Up and Running

03-09-2010, 01:12 AM
Finally got my 100g acrylic up and running.

It sits in a black stand with dual lighting, one for eventual plants and one for the fish.

Running a Rena XP3 as the only system for now. Sits too close to the wall to use a HOB.

Heating is via a 300w Stealth.

Base sand is size 3 and 5 white coral with lace rock (some from an older tank) on the left and sand gravel on the right with a nice piece of wood. May add another piece. The wood will be used to anchor the anubia's I will be adding. With this being a Tang tank, I do not know of any other plant that will survive the pH and hardness.

This has now been through one basic cycle and I have added 5 tiger tetras and 5 green tetras to help stabilize the system before I add my plants and the future inhabitants.

Future plants: Anubias
Future fish:
Black Zaire Calvus (wc)
Inkfin Calvus (wc)
Black Congo Calvus (f1)
White Calvus (cb)
Redfin Compressiceps (wc)
Orangefin Compressiceps (wc)
Goldhead Compressiceps (f1)

Enantiopus sp. "kilesa" x2 (wc)

Would like to add a couple more kilesas - 3 or 4 more....

No plans to breed at the moment and as of this time these all are (I think) males (the kilesas are male).

Probably will add a couple others but not sure as to type or quantity..

Want to do something with the center not sure what though..

Below are some pics of the current bare setup with the tetras..
Taken quickly this morning - will post some better ones another day...



03-09-2010, 06:24 AM
Lookin' good so far. I like the big rock piece on the right side. Should look really nice when you fill out the middle and add plants; keep us updated thumbs2: .

03-11-2010, 01:56 PM
Looking good so far, keep us updated!

03-11-2010, 02:02 PM
Looks like a great start. Looking forward to more updates.

03-14-2010, 01:51 AM
Update and a question.....

Have further decorated the tank (pics soon)
Have added a couple of likelike looking pieces of petrified wood to the center.
Have added a small Anubia and (for now) an Oriental Sword.
Large Anubia is on order.

Question: could this 100g be already cycled after 1.5 weeks?

I started with a good quantity of seed media from my Malawi tank, added an initial dose of ammonia on Day 1, then day two added 10 Tetras (5 Tiger, 5 Green).

I just let it cycle and have been out of state for the week (my son has been feeding my tanks... did a great job; no dead fish).
I tested the water today with he following results:
Ammonia - 0
Nitrites - trace
Nitrates - 5ppm
pH - 8.0

Cycle seems kind of quick and as I have 10 fish there is a bio-load to continue the cycle...



03-14-2010, 03:08 AM
Here are some very recent photos with the update in decor....



One with internal lighting only, the other with angled flash....

Decor (left to right)
Oriental Sword, Drift Wood, Anubia, Petrified Wood, Lace Rock

I am liking how this is starting to look....


03-15-2010, 08:55 PM
My 100g Tangayikan tank is up and running and 90%+ populated.

Acrylic (picked up from LFS for $100 US)

Rena XP3 with Nozzle assembly

Stealth 300w

1: 30w Nutri Grow
1: 30w Trichromatic

small gravel 40% (left side), crushed coral 60% (right side)

Left side: Driftwood anchoring 1 med, 1 small anubia
Middle: Petrified wood
Right side: stacked lace rock

Left side: Oriental Sword (lg)
Left Middle: 1 med, 1 small anubia anchored to driftwood

1 large white mystery snail

Black Zaire Calvus (wc) - 4"
Inkfin Calvus (wc) - 4"
Black Congo Calvus (f1) - 2.5"
White Calvus (cb) - 2"
Redfin Compressiceps (wc) - 2.5"
Orangefin Compressiceps (wc) - 3.5"
Goldhead Compressiceps (f1) - 2"
Yellow Compressiceps (cb) - 2"
5 Tiger Barbs (cb) - 1.25"
5 Green Barcbs (cb) - 1.25"
Red Dorsal Caudopunctatus (cb) - 2.5"
Gold Nugget Pleco (wc) - 3"

Complete Tank




So far so good!
Still thinking of adding a small group of Kilesa's.... maybe.

All for now - more as I see how it's going.
And what I will need to redo....

FYI: the barbs were the cycle fish and since they can hold their own, I'll leave them there for now...


03-16-2010, 07:26 PM
Looking good. Wish my Annubias looked that good when I put it in.

03-16-2010, 07:46 PM
Looking good. Wish my Annubias looked that good when I put it in.
looking real good though!

03-16-2010, 07:53 PM
Looking good. Wish my Annubias looked that good when I put it in.

x2 looking real good though!


I get them from my main LFS and as long as I do not root them in the substrate, but keep them in wooled pots, rooted into driftwood or similiar they do well.
If they start looking a little anemic, I'll put them into my terrarium (brackish) leaves out of the water, roots/stem in water (high humidity) and let them grow a bit.

So far they are the only plant I have had luck with in my African tanks....

Have hopes for the Oriental Sword but.....