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08-17-2011 08:38 AM
hydrophyte I don't really know very well but I think most gymnos do best with a cooler winter.

I am not thinking about this so seriously. I have several displays already that I am trying to whip into shape--a 50, a 65 and a 56--but I also have a bit more room. It really would be cool to get a tan kof those fish going.

I have a hard time thinking of something new to do with riparium plants for a setup like this. My earlier idea of Cyperus + emersed stems might be a good one and I could make an effort to try some stems that I have haven't used before.
08-17-2011 06:15 AM
trackhazard Ah man. I'm totally in the middle of planning for a tank of balzanis.

Do the labiatus need a cool down period as well? I think most of the the gymnos might.

Great minds think alike!

08-17-2011 04:58 AM
hydrophyte I am thinking about revisiting this idea. I have been clearing some more room in the basement fish room. I would want to put this tank in a nice spot so that it will work as a display.

Does anybody have suggestions for four-foot rimless tanks? My original idea to use a standard 75 with the top rim removed and the water lowered several inches below the rim might be the most feasible. That kind of setup has the important advantage that it helps to deter jumping fish from clearing the top rim.
09-19-2010 06:59 PM
Originally Posted by hydrophyte View Post
Sorry I won't have any pictures of the fishroom any time real soon. It's a crowded mess! A reorganization of the fishroom might be a good mid-winter project.
Lol, it's not a fishroom unless it's a crowded mess! I'm always interested in seeing a fishroom too, so it'd be cool if you posted a pic when you get around to cleaning it or you just stop being such a perfectionist.
09-19-2010 03:51 PM
hydrophyte Thanks Luke. I really like these fish a lot too. With their cartoon-like bulbous heads and pouty mouths they are extremely cute.

I have about 18 tanks going right now, but I only ever have the time to manage two or three nice display setups at once. The rest are all plant and fish culture tanks in my basement fishroom.

Sorry I won't have any pictures of the fishroom any time real soon. It's a crowded mess! A reorganization of the fishroom might be a good mid-winter project.
09-19-2010 12:40 PM
luke20037 Really cool looking fish! Would be nice to have a larger tank for a rip to consider the larger fish. Hydro just how many tanks do you have?! It seems they are never ending! Can I ask a cheeky question? can we have a picture of your fish room just to see all the tanks in thier glory?!
09-18-2010 08:33 PM
hydrophyte I don't have the tank yet and I haven't heard about it any more. I might have to consider a Plan B, but 75s aren't too hard to come by around here.

I have some great plants to use in this setup when I get it rolling. I think I also have spot figured out in the fishroom for it. It would have been nice to put a big display upstairs but with two tanks in our living room already we are literally and figuratively saturated.
09-18-2010 02:55 AM
OverStocked Hows this coming?
09-15-2010 01:48 AM
hydrophyte A member over on recommended Bryconamericanus or Astyanax tetras as possible companions for these gymnogeos. Thos kinds of fish aren't super pretty, but they will probably be plenty active and swim around a lot midwater.
09-14-2010 01:14 AM
slapnutz Honestly, I see more aggression in the discus I have now compared to the gymnogeos I had. Mine were uber peaceful.
09-14-2010 12:53 AM
problemman Exactly, not yet.we need to remember that they are cichlids lol
09-14-2010 12:03 AM
hydrophyte Yep they most certainly have a high cute factor.

I hope that they will stay this easy-going. The largest male fish (still small) doesn't beat up on anybody else, not yet anyway.
09-13-2010 10:06 PM
problemman They are so stinking cute!
09-13-2010 09:15 PM
hydrophyte This should be a fun setup--nice and roomy.

I am still pondering the kind of riparium to do, but now I am leaning toward using some Cyperus umbrella sedges in combination with emersed, sprawling stems something like what I had going in my 50 last winter.

09-13-2010 08:28 PM
RipariumGuy I just read an interesting artical in TFH about collecting these awesome fish in Uruguay! I am glad you will be making this rough biotope riparium for these guys, I am sure they will love it! What riparium plants, if any, have you decided on yet? Good luck, and can't wait to see the thing up and running!
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