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post #1 of 97 (permalink) Old 07-25-2005, 01:29 AM Thread Starter
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Bigstick's 55 gallon Cichlid Tank-Update-9-22

I wanted to show the evolution of my tank. I have learned so much form the folks on here and apperciate all of the insperation and info that you all provide. This is such a fun and rewarding hoddy when you get going. So here is the evoultion of my tank.

Stated out with a ton of rockwork and few plants


The tank was doing ok but I wanted it to really take off. I took out lot of rocks and added alot more plants. This is prior to pressurized CO2.


After CO2 the tank is great, I can grow almost any plant that I want to and I am starting to get sick of the weekly trimming But the reward is great, the fish are happy and breeding like they never did before and a real joy to watch.






And a few of my favorite fish



I am still changing alot, moving plants and trying to get it to look its best. I think that it lacks a little depth but some plants are still filling in and I have some things that I want to do yet. If you have any layout suggestions that would be apperciated. Thanks for looking

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Not bad, love the fake rocky background. So far has there been any damage to your plants?
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A little, its a trial and error thing, but they pretty much leave everything it there alone. They are starting to dig and that is what really get me POd. But they are to pretty and to much fun to watch to get too excited about
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A little update added some dwarf sag, a good trimming and started EI today. So we will see how it progresses. Some plants are still filling in
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Your tank is looking awesome!!! It's a temptation at trying my luck with them.

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Your tank is looking awesome!!! It's a temptation at trying my luck with them.
Thanks alot, I see that your tank is comming along well too
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That's an awsome tank. I love to see Cichlids in a planted aquarium!
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Just to keep my journal going this my tank after about 1 month of EI. Everything is growing very well. I still have some spot alage but I am pleased at how everything is filling in.










Let me know what you think I could do to improve the design
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That's great progress! You should be proud!

With all that color, I need to go get my wife to see it... she's wild for that! Good work!

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Ummm, am I missing something here? Why are the fish not uprooting your plants? Are you feeding them lots of veggies? That is one great looking tank, very well done. I know it is a lot to ask, but can you list the flora/ fauna you have in there? Very clear pics.

That tank wants me to get rid of my gigantic java fern...
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Ummm, am I missing something here? Why are the fish not uprooting your plants? Are you feeding them lots of veggies? That is one great looking tank, very well done. I know it is a lot to ask, but can you list the flora/ fauna you have in there? Very clear pics.

That tank wants me to get rid of my gigantic java fern...

Thank you for the comments.

As far a uprooting the plants.... I guess I'm just lucky. It is so against the "norm" to have a planted cichlid tank. Let alone a so far successful one. I was thinking the other day that it might me the diet, the cichlids in this tank are Peacocks and cichlids from Lake Tanganyika these cichlids are not herbivores like Malawi Mbuna cichlids (a few are these type, the yellow ones). I feed these cichlids New Life spectrum food and that my be part of the reason, and I feed twice a day so the dont feed on the plants. Also they have destroyed a few of the plants. It trial and error when introducing new fish and plants to the mix. But the fish are so fun to watch interact with each other.

I will list the flora when I get a chance
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Great looking tank

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Very colorful, nice healthy looking plants... great job !
I really like the black and white striped fish, what are they ?
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Thanks for the commets, I need to update it a little has changed. The black and whit stripped fish is a Cyphotilapia frontosa (aka: frontosa/front). They will out grow my 55 gallon, but I didn't know any better when I bought them and neither did the fish store. They are a cichlid from Lake Tanganyika
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Very nice looking tank.
Love the reds in front.
Usually I'm not a big fan of printed backgrounds, but I think you are making yours work.
Will you be keeping it high on the sides and low in the middle?
If so, will the middle grow to hide the heater?
I think the heater is a little distracting presently.
One thing I'd suggest to think about is creating a focal point.
I think things almost look too busy, with the wild profusion of various healthy plants.
55s are tough to scape well - I think you are well on your way.
A little tweaking here and there will make tremendous difference.
Thanks for sharing.

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