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    New Cichlid tank setup

    A wee bit of work yet to do...
    Wanting a low light/low maintenance/Non CO2 setup

    Still have more java fern, java moss, crypts, anubias, phoenix moss to add
    Hoping to put some German or Bolivian blue rams in it....

    29g
    Standard 24" T8 hood w/ daylight bulb.
    Seachem Flourite substrate
    Aqueon Pro 150w heater
    Emperor 280 power filter (will be replaced with an Aqua Clear 50, Emperor is too noisy for my taste)



    Thanks for looking,

    Got Rams, want heli?
    Hollar at me....


    Update: There is not enough clearance for the Aquaclear 50 with the background, Emperor it is for a while I guess
    Last edited by Av8tor1; 07-27-2012 at 11:47 AM.

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    German Rams are such beautiful fish* nowadays they do well in hard water. beautiful aqua scape
    Your momma!

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    Colors (substrate/background/rock) dont blend like i had hoped but so far I'm pleased...
    The rams should love it I hope.

    and yes, IMHO German Rams are about as nice as FW gets... will be my first experience with them.
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    Are you adding any Anubias? or just the Java Fern? I think it looks great! if you wanted it to blend more river stones would of been the choice. I've had German Rams I've always kept a pair on my freshwater. Only because I love the charming interaction between the pair. They've always laid eggs and they've hatched under hard water. They do a pretty good job at keeping the babies safe, but I never had the space for keep up so only two the most made it to juvenile. but during breeding time they terrorize the rest of the fish. So if you plan on having other fish just remember that.
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    Darwin would be pleased!

    Nice setup, I've always wanted to do a cichlid tank with a sailfin dragon setup on top, so they could swim with teh fishies.

    Really love cichlids:



    But fishkeeping is certainly not in mah blood.

    Good luck!
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    0w, and if you want to add a school of fish, Rummy nose to me are great, and won't take too much focus from the rams
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    This was my tank in which I housed a pair of rams. I toke it down when I bought my new house.
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    I have added a couple Anubias nana since that pic was taken....
    Ive got plenty of java moss and java fern in a couple planted 10g's I have... so no shortage of them.

    I've been going back and forth with deciding on Germans or Bolivians....

    Water conditions from tap are
    pH 7.2
    dKH 2.5
    dGH 8.0 (I may have my dKH and dGH values backwards, but I think that is right)
    I think that since dGH is 8, that is the reference value I should use.... not really sure though.
    TDS 200ppm

    I want to avoid having to modify/buffer the water in any way.

    Thanks peat, I like aquariums as long as they are low maintenance..... I've been down the high maint road and dont wish to return LOL
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