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post #1 of 85 (permalink) Old 04-26-2016, 10:38 PM Thread Starter
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Smile Ropefish 345 litres

I've decided it's time to start my own journal. This tank is with me for more or less 10 years. Started with discus (bad idea in middle school, really). So empty big tank and then I saw ropefish. 8 years ago little 15 cm long "worms" came to my house. At that time it wasn't a nice tank.
Year ago I decided to go planted and add some fish. Choice of fish was limited by ropefish. I needed something big enough to not get eaten, that's why I've ones of the biggest killifish and tetras. Every fish I own is from Africa.
Probably on summer holidays I'll do a major rescape, but now I'm just trying what can be done. Long story short: here are the specs.

Size:
120x48x60 cm (~345l)

Fauna:
5x ropefish
19x congo tetra (after weekend there will be 4 females and 8 males, now there's 11 females),
4x kribensis (tomorrow there'll be only a pair),
3x blue gularis (2 males, 1 female),
9x military helmet snail,
xxx maaany maaany other ugly mini snails.

Flora:
microsorium pteropus, narrow, windelov,
anubias barteri, nana, bonsai, gold, gigantea,
bolbitis heudelotti, compact,
bucephanaldra of five kinds (don't know the names),
cryptocoryne undulata,
micranthemum monte carlo,
hygrophila corymbosa,
ammania gracilis,
rotala rotundifolia,
heteranthera zosterifolia,
red lotus,
crinum calamistratum,
fox moss, pheonix moss,
flame moss,
subwassertang,
hydrocotyle sp. Japan,
some dying eleocharis parvula
(and looking for mini pelia).

Filtration:
Eheim 2028,
Aquael Turbo 1000.

Light:
T5 4x39W - 2x sylvania grolux, 2x sylvania luxline 865.

Other:
2,5 kg CO2 with sera reactor 1000 (love it), 100W heater.
Currently adding only potassium, micro and excel.

Feeding:
frozen food of many kinds, krill, black mosquito larvae, brine shrimp, shrimp, dillies etc. Hikari cichlid pellets (staple, gold), micro wafers, micro pellets.

Maintanance:
once a week 60-90 litres water change, some trimming, cleaning glass etc.
And of course photos:































I'll try to update weekly, to show how the plants and my little congo tetras are growing

Edit: Water params of course!
pH=6.4
KH=2
GH=7
Mg=12
Ca=20
PO4=5 (probably bad tests and too much frozen food without rinsing)
NO2=0
NO3=15
Fe=0.3
K=15
Temp=25 C
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Last edited by nel; 04-26-2016 at 10:41 PM. Reason: Forgot to add water params
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post #2 of 85 (permalink) Old 04-27-2016, 12:09 AM
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I love you rope fish & your tank. I kept a couple rope fish when I was a kid. They creeped out my mom, which I loved. Ha ha! Really nice work. Very beautiful.
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wow. How old are you again? Thats a nice tank and those killifish look aweswome. Would get some if they werent such ravenous shrimp eaters
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They creep my grandma, it's really funny. I'm 22, but in middle school I was trying to own healthy discus... Not so easy :-D
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Ropefish playground
- 120x48x60 cm
Celestial Kingdom - 30x30x30 cm (dry start)
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Beautiful, beautiful tank! Job well done!
Great fish and nice pics! I'm jealous haha

The ropefish look fat and happy

How long is your biggest ropefish?
Just make sure to keep the top well sealed to avoid any losses.

Thanks for sharing!
Now you are making me want to go back to keeping "monster" fish, just when I was pretty set on only Angelfish. Hmmm...
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The longest is around the length of side of the tank - 47 cm long. Others are smaller, around 30-35.
In 8 years none of them run from my tank, now I start to belive my lid is tight enough!


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Celestial Kingdom - 30x30x30 cm (dry start)
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Haha, very cool. Good news is they can survive/breathe out of water for quite some time.

You should record a video if you can. A vid of you hand feeding some bloodworms to the ropefish would be cool!

How well do the Blue Gularis get along with everyone and eachother?

Any specs on your camera set up? I like the way the ropefish pop out.
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Yeah, they tend to lie on hydrocotyle in the upper right corner and "sunbath" with heads outside the water.
About gularis - they're aggressive only when the female is ready to lay eggs, but to achieve that you need to feed many bloodworms. Did that once, have 9 little gush growing out now. Normally they aren't fighting.
Camera - my dad took the photos, I'll ask about the specs later today and maybe he'll record a video too ;-)
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Very nice, love rope fish and bichirs in planted tanks, very cool to watch their hunting behaviors that way. Also blue gularis are one of my favorites too.

Well that's just like.........your opinion man.

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What a cool tank!

As I was scrolling down the pictures:

Oh cool a rope fish
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Hey Look he's out again. (that is so cool he has a ropefish in there)
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Holy $#!+ there's a bunch of rope fish hiding in those bushes!!!! AHHHHH!!!
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I love Blue Gularis killis. Always wanted one. They're hard to come by here, especially as adults. Also a bit too intimidated to try raising them from eggs.

Just keep swimming, just keep swimming...
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Mine laid eggs and I'm rising fry right now. Not many - 9 of them, but it's pretty easy. They need small container and they eat everything small enough, even frozen food.


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Nice. I'll have to consider giving them a try.

Just keep swimming, just keep swimming...
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Those ropefish would absolutely freak my wife out. Very neat. Great tank.
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About camera - it's sony nex 7 with standard lens (whatever this standard is ) I'll add video of my little fish eating - it's from my phone, so potato quality, but it's always something. I need to cut it a little and I'll show it to you tomorrow!

Edit:
Here are (potato quality) videos of my little spaghettis eating!
Ropefish feeding


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