55Gal Planted/Chiclid/Community Tank
55Gallon Freshwater Aquarium;
AFRICAN CICHLIDS: (16)
2x Labidochromis caeruleus "Electric Yellow" (Male)
2x Sciaenochromis fryeri (Chizumulu Is.) "Electric Blue"
2x Pseudotropheus Acei
1x Protomelas Taeniolatus "Red Empress"
1x Red Peacock
1x Aulonocara (Rubescens) Peacock
1x Aulonocara baenschi "Benga Peacock"
1x Labidochromis sp. Hongi
1x Metriaclima lombardoi
1x Pseudotropheus sp. Elongatus Chewere
1x Nimbochromis venustus
1x Hemichromis bimaculatus "Red Jewel"
1x Archocentrus nigrofasciatus "Convict" "zebra cichlid"
1x Cynotilapia Afra Cobue
BOTTOM FEEDERS: (15+)
3x Pomacea Bridgessii "Brig"
6x Chromobotia/Botia macracanthus "Clown Loach"
1x Gyrinocheilos aymonieri "CAE"
4x Ancistrus temminckii, Ancistrus sp. "Bristlenose Pleco" (2x Adult male & 2x Adult female. (Breeding regulary))
1x Mastacemelus Armatus "Spiny Eel, Tyre Track Eel"
Several Ghost Shrimp
OTHER FISH: (5+)
2x Crossocheilus siamensis "SAE"
3x Better splendens (all male, 2 in long better seperator, 1 swimming free)
Hypseleotris galii "Firetail Gudgeon"
Blackworms live and breed throughout substrate.
PLANTS, LOGS & ROCKS: (17 varieties)
7x large, medium & small pieces of Lava rock.
5x Logs covered in Anubias, Java Moss and Java Fern. (2x large, 3x small, 1x small arch with full growth over top)
Anubias (Nana & Isabelle)
Hygrophila (Red & Green)
Microsorium pteropus (Java Fern)
1x 380 l/h jet flow vitapet filters on front left corner, (using spray arm).
1x 380 l/h jet flow vitapet filters on front right corner, (modified with small trickle).
1x 1100 l/h jet flow Aquafx filter, back left corner (air induced & 1x extra sponge chamber).
1x 1200 l/h jet flow AquaOne filter, back right corner, (connected to large over hanging trickle system).
1x Large over hanging trickler system, (with bio noodles, carbon, ammonia remover, sponges).
1x small corner filter in back left corner connected to Vitapet series 6000 twin outlet airpump with check vaulve.
1x small corner filter in back right corner connected to Vitapet series 6000 twin outlet airpump with check vaulve.
Water change, weekly (only from mid level of tank, not substrate, about %15).
PH; Average 7.4 can raise up to 8.0.
Temperature average of between 26-28 degrees celcius.
Water Ager (chlorine nuetralizer).
Aquarium Life Liquid (advanced GEO-Liquid formula).
1x 1100 l/h jet flow Aquafx filter, back left corner (air induced) (mentioned above).
1x small corner filter in back left/right corner connected to Vitapet series 6000 twin outlet airpump with check vaulve (mentioned above).
1x medium cylinder shape airstone, (connected to Aquaworld airpump 75 l/h twin outlet with check vaulve).
1x medium flat round airstone, (connected to Aquaworld airpump 75 l/h twin outlet with check vaulve).
White Cichlid Crush (approx 55kg)
1x approx 17inch submergable heater (have not read watt?).
Temperature between 26-28 degrees celcius.
3x lights on hood,
(only running 2, 1x 30watt aquaglo, 1x 20watt aquaone.)
12 hour cycle
(Wardley, HBH, Omega One, White Crane, AquaWorld & Natural.)
Live Ghost Shrimp
Live Brine Shrimp
Live Baby Brine Shrimp
Live Assorted Feeder Fish
Frozen Brine Shrimp
Frozen Cichlid Meal
Small and large floating cichlid pellets
Small and medium sinking cichlid pellets
White Crane Super G pellets with 5% Spirulina
Omega One flakes
Wardley Sprout Aquarium Plant Food.
Feeding is at three times a day, once a day for the Betta's in the seperator.
Morning feed between 0730-0900 consists of; Omega One flakes, White Crane Super G, Small HBH sinking cichlid pellets, large Wardley floating cichlid pellets, Shrimp pellets, Algae wafer, HBH Cichlid flake for the Betta's.
Afternoon feed between 1200-1400 consists of; Live Blackworms, White Crane Super G, HBH Cichlid flake.
Evening feed between 1800-1930 consists of; Omega One flakes and/or Frozen Brine Shrimp, White Crane Super G, Small HBH sinking cichlid pellets, large Wardley floating cichlid pellets, Shrimp pellets, Algae wafer.
Other feeds are introduced sparingly through-out the days. All Fish also dig up Blackworms, find Shrimp and/or Fedder Fish hiding around and consume them through-out the days.
A few small/medium sized ornaments and caves.
1x Large Anchor.
A few sea shells.
1x Small PVC corner pipe (covered completely in Java Moss).
1x Large floating magnetic glass cleaner.
REMOVED FISH: (9)
1x Australian ShortFin Eel (grew to about 50cm)
2x Geophagus brasiliensis
1x Pseudotropheus Acei
1x Electric Yellow
1x Midnight Blue Peacock
1x Silver Pearch (Blue & Green spekled coloration through-out it's body)
1x Melanochromis Auratus (Female)
1x Albino Chinese Algae Eater
REMOVED PLANTS: (5 varieties)
Ambulia (several varieties)
8-9days water change, water change is at about %15. Water is syphoned but from mid level of tank. Every once in a while syphoning of a couple small selected areas on the substrate is done, but mostly mid level.
The reason for this is because my aquarium is heavily planted, the plants are big, plenty and the root systems spread out covering through the entire substrate. Not only that, too their is an exceeding amount of blackworms living through-out the substrate.
Filter maintenance is minimal. Every water change, rinse all sponges, carbon and ammonia remover in syphoned aquarium water, and change filter wool (leaving some for assisting bacteria growth).
Every four weeks, carbon and ammonia remover is replaced, rinse bio noodles and lightly clean the front and sides of the aquarium with a large floating magnetic glass cleaner.
Every eight weeks, bio noodles is replaced.
Accompanied with the 8-9days water change, with the addition of the new water, Water Ager (chlorine nuetralizer) and Aquarium Life Liquid (advanced GEO-Liquid formula) are also introduced.
Wardley Sprout Aquarium Plant Food is used the next day after a water change.
On top of the aquarium hood, inside above water level, (on rim of hood opening), there is a decent sized mossy algae growth that i have let be. I feel that it all plays a role in my aquariums eco-system, too there is some hair algae and red bush algae growth in a few places. There are also tiny red springtails living above the water line, (these have reduced in numbers exceedinly over the months, most likely being consumed by the fish).
The maintanence process takes anywhere up to two hours depending on other maintanence, usualy about an hour.
All the fish, i mean ALL, swim around me and get in my way, swimming in my hands, etc almost constantly wich makes the process take longer. The bottom feeders, (mainly Clown Loach) are the biggest distraction when it comes to water change. I have sucked up a few Shrimp, Brigs and a Clown Loach, The fish are extreemly comfortable with me.
Cichlid Crush substrate is thick through-out the aquarium. Heater is in back right corner behind 1200 l/h jet flow AquaOne filter, (connected to large over hanging trickle system), next to small corner filter connected to Vitapet series 6000 twin outlet airpump with check vaulve.
In the back left sits 1100 l/h jet flow Aquafx filter, (air induced & 1x extra sponge chamber) next to small corner filter connected to Vitapet series 6000 twin outlet airpump with check vaulve.
Front left corner sits 380 l/h jet flow vitapet filters on front left corner, (using spray arm).
Front right corner sits 380 l/h jet flow vitapet filters on front right corner, (modified with small trickle), Trickle goes round to the back of the tank through hose.
Large over hanging trickle filter system consists of (Sponge, Active Carbon, Ammonia remover, Bio Noodles.)
Back right corner near filters and heater is all Lava rocks in a vertical rocky formation, (fairly wide spread).
Large Log with Anubias Isabelle sits from front left corner to start of Lava rock formation (just a bit further than mid tank).
All other logs with Anubias Nana and Isabelle sit around the large log, (out in front). The arched log is the most visibible, half covering a small sunken ship.
The sunken ship has alot of Java Fern, Java Moss and Anubias Nana and Isabelle growth reaching over it.
Alot of Blue Stricta all around the large log, (also around the log is; Valisneria, Java Moss, Java Fern, Spathiphyllum, Green Hygrophila and Ludwigia).
Behind the large log is the anchor and half log ornament.
Front left corner is thick with variety of all of my aquatic plants, surrounding a medium sized cave ornament.
Java Moss has been spread through-out the tank, (Completely covering a small PVC corner pipe, Wedged between Lava rock, running up air lines, tied to small log).
Java Fern has (on some) grown new plants of the strongest growing leaves.
An Anubias Nana has been tied down to 1200 l/h jet flow AquaOne filter, (connected to large over hanging trickle system), at top of filter.
Not much space is avalible on the substrate.
The flat round airstone, (connected to Aquaworld airpump 75 l/h twin outlet with check vaulve) sits behind the large log.
The cylinder shape airstone, (connected to Aquaworld airpump 75 l/h twin outlet with check vaulve) is wedged down between Lava rock.
Small half tree log ornament sits along side left side of aquarium, A male Bristlenose has claimed this as his territory.
The fish have been restricted on their avalibility in home constructions, (due to planting situation).
All fish have a place of comfort, though they do tend to change from time to time.
The aggression in fairly minimal between all fish, however, the two Electric Yellows cannot stand one another.