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40 breeder- a tentative peace

I know all the rules about African Clawed Frogs. I know, trust me. But my wife can be very persuasive. So now, along with my 3 1 year old ACF's lives a lovely female Red Cap Oranda (Her name is Kenny Powers, due to her lovely mane).

She's been with us for about 2 months now and they seem to be one big happy family. I've noticed no aggression on either side.

With that said, here's the specs:

Equipment
Filter: Fluval 206, DIY Bio-filter, 2 Hydro 5 sponge filters (w/powerheads)
Flow: 2 Maxi-jet 1200's, Hydor Pico 240
Lighting: Marineland Reef Capable LED
Heater: 100w
Substrate: Mix of Floramax and sand, also there's crushed coral spread through out.

Flora
Water Wisteria
Rotala Macandra "green"
Various Crypts whose names escape me (all growing well though, they've tripled in quantity since I put them in)
Some mystery stems which I received free with a package

Fauna
1 Female Albino ACF (5")
1 Male Reticulated Albino ACF (4")
1 Male Wild type ACF (4")
1 Red cap Oranda (~4")
Probably 1000's of MTS

No dosing of ferts other than Flourish tabs. I add Indian Almond leaves for the tannins and ph lowering properties to balance out the crushed coral I used to keep my PH above 5.5.

Most of the plants in the front need to grow out a bit, there was at least twice as many plants in this tank before I did a trim a few days ago. I'd been waiting till I could afford a hardscape to redo the entire thing but it was sooo messy I just couldn't wait any longer. It's still messy, but at least I can recognize where one plant ends and another begins!
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Just thought I'd post this, in case anyone was wondering what I meant by DIY bio-filter:

Here's a link to my thread in the DIY forum:
DIY Bio reactor (Cerges design)
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Showing how the tannins effect the water color in this tank, I personally like the tint.

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Nice! The one frog looks huge in there.

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Thanks!

Yeah, she is huge. One of these days I'll measure her for real. She's always been the biggest, which is standard for ACFs but she nearly doubles the males and they should all be nearly full grown. Funny part is, she's now the laziest eater.

I'm going to get them a much larger tank eventually, as I also plan to add to my frog family with true wild specimens, these can add 3 inches to the snout-vent length. I'm thinking something like a large shallow square will be perfect.
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Update, decided to remove a ton of plant mass since the goldfish was destroying everything anyway.

Now just left with the crypts, some dwarf sag which I hope will spread out, and a few java ferns.

Hopefully everything will fill out more now that it's not hidden under a canopy of stems.

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Looking good, even though the crypts grow slower they will really look good in a few months if the conditions are good for them.

Just be careful of the sticks, they look dangerous for a clumsy goldfish. Even my goldfish managed to lose some scales with just the rocks and plants I have in my tank.
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Thanks! I've heard about that and I've been keeping an eye on her. So far it's not been a problem and she's surprisingly nimble when navigating. I'll keep watch though and see if it becomes an issue.
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