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05-02-2014, 04:56 AM #1
40 gallon redhump eartheater community
I picked up 7 F2 Geophagus Steindachneri fry at the local MAS fish auction last sunday. I got them for the winning bid of 13.00 They are about 3/4 of an inch long and are extremely fast and hungry. They go nuts when they see me it's great! This will be my first time raising baby cichlids, but I think it will be worth it.
Right now I have them in a 10g tank but am working on setting up a 40gallon breeder. I will be painting the back black and have a couple 50# bags of pool filter sand for substrate. I'm thinking just driftwood for decor. I still need to get a light and glass top. I plan on insulating the bottom of the tank with some styro as it's in my basement and it's pretty cold down there in winter time. I'll probably use 2 200w heaters, maybe overkill but I have a few spares available. I also have a spare magnum canister filter for filtration and a power head with sponge filter. Since it's a double stand there's not much room for a hob filter.
Here's a pic of my setup. I'd post a pic of the fry but they move at light speed and are near invisible to the camera.
Last edited by openbook; 05-02-2014 at 05:03 AM.
05-02-2014, 05:21 AM #2
Gotta love auctions, great price. You plan on just growing them out and trading them when they get too big? Never seen a double 40g breeder metal rack before, looks like it could use a coat of black rustoleum spray paint.
05-02-2014, 03:52 PM #3
My goal is 1 male 2-3 female group. I don't think they get much bigger than say firemouths. Outcasted males can go in my 120g.
The stand probably is custom, I got it when a fish store was closing. It probably could use a little work, but I don't know how long the paint would hold back rust on the bottom. I'll have to think about it.
05-03-2014, 02:18 AM #4
You definitely want to neutralize that rust if you plan on having the tanks set up for a long period of time. It can only get worse if you don't.