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08-08-2012 09:19 PM
CryptKeeper54 Update:

To my surprise, a few yellow and demasoni babies are alive. The baby demasoni looks awesome. Hard to see in pic but they are there. Need to transfer this setup to a 110 gal at least. Wish I had the funding and space.

Sidenote: my ferns look horrible. Yellowing and browning... just plain dying. Gonna try and add potassium after water change and gonna go back to weekly water change since my bioload is ridiculous.

I need to figure out how to catch/trap these babies so I can give'em away. Any suggestions?


08-01-2012 02:15 AM
Originally Posted by atomicjade View Post
Awesome tank, I have never really looked at the corner/hexagonal types but yours really shines. The rock work is great, and as mentioned the ferns set it off! I also really like the frogbit and duckweed, I know some people don't care for the floaters but I'm not one of them .
Thanks. Some shots with my Nikon D5100. I need to work on my photography skills. Took shot during day time, sorry for the glare.

07-23-2012 07:32 PM
atomicjade Awesome tank, I have never really looked at the corner/hexagonal types but yours really shines. The rock work is great, and as mentioned the ferns set it off! I also really like the frogbit and duckweed, I know some people don't care for the floaters but I'm not one of them .
07-17-2012 11:58 PM
akdylpickles Sweet tank! I hope youre cichlids don't try to kill eachother!
07-17-2012 10:57 PM
CryptKeeper54 Update:

My cichlids have been shy and always hidng in the rock scape. I've seen some yellow lab fry as well. Anyways, I read up on adding "dither" fish so I just put in 21 leopard danios..... to my surprise it worked like a charm. My cichlids have come out to play. The one dominant yellow has gotten huge.

Next update will hopefully involve my Nikon D5100 and a youtube video of this tank.
05-19-2012 02:00 AM
CryptKeeper54 Thanks for the feedback, I love this tank. In retrospect, I think I should of used one type of rock. But I can live with this scape for a long time. I know most people hate it, but I like he look of the addition of frogbit and duckweed. Adds a more natural feel IMO. Gonna start practicing with photograhing this tank with my DSLR soon. I'm an amateur photographer but got to start somewhere; why not with a hobby I love:-)
05-18-2012 02:34 AM
ikuzo nice scape with the ferns on top
05-17-2012 09:46 PM
JEden8 Very nice setup!
05-17-2012 06:17 AM
wicca27 i love the look of this tank and the rock an java fern are awsome. please keep updating. they cichlids will get used to you after a while. mine did that for a bit when i had them. get a chair and just sit in front of it for a while they will come out.
05-17-2012 02:24 AM
2in10 Beautiful tank and the behavior is normal. They may get use to you in a month or two.
05-17-2012 01:55 AM
CryptKeeper54 Added 6 demasoni cichlids. Love the look of these fish. Shrimp and Otos have disappeared. Now I know better.

Noticed some hair algae on some java fern leaves.... overfeeding maybe? Added frogbit and duckweed. Let's see if it helps out a bit.

My cichlids seem to hide a lot in the rocks when I'm near. They dart into retreat. Is this normal? They seem scared of me.

Excuse the phone photos. Gonna start practicing with my DSLR soon... any tips are welcomed.
05-02-2012 10:06 AM
CryptKeeper54 Breeding these fish has not crossed my mind. I think this tank is to small for that. And I would probably sell or give away my fish when they get bigger. That is unless I get a bigger tank of course. And I'm gonna do 6-8 demasonis. 12 sounded good but probably not realistic.
05-01-2012 07:35 PM
Neoman You'll be in for a treat when they get bigger, looks like some pretty solid yellows on those 2 in the front and the males will get some nice black outlining on their fins. Are you thinking about breeding?

Also, as far as stocking, IMO 12 Demasonis added to the 6 labs would be way too much, 18 cichlids between 4-6 inches each in a 44 gallon would just be asking for trouble. You'd probably be safe with 6 and 6, you've got a good filter for the tank and lots of rockwork for them to claim territories. I am really looking forward to seeing how this turns out though, I've seen quite a few demasoni/lab tanks and you're right, the contrast is awesome.
05-01-2012 12:53 AM
CryptKeeper54 4/30/12:

Added 6 electric yellow labs... 2 males. These fish are fun to watch. Not bothering my otos much but they are hunting down my red cherry shrimp like there's no tomorrow.

04-26-2012 07:56 PM
CryptKeeper54 Thanks for all the generous comments. My light is at a fixed height, 3.5 inches off water level. I hope o don't run into alagae probs, but that's why I bought shrimps and otos. Here is a pic of my DIY:

@ kai808: thanks for the shrimp trap suggestion.. gonna google it now.

@ neoman: this is it. I won't add any other rock or plants. Gonna focus more on caring for the cichlids now. I'm happy with the way things turned out thus far.
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