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Old 01-24-2013, 08:21 AM   #706
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Just read threw the whole post, and all I can say is WOW!!!!!!!

You have created some BEAUTIFUL setups, and I am thinking hard on doing a Riparium myself! Thank you for posting all of the info you have and I can't wait to see what you come up with the Tang setup!

I have kept different Africans for years, and the Brichardi's are a awesome group of fish, and will quickly breed if they have the correct water parameters! There are many different colors and stripe patterns in the family, and are easy Africans to keep too!

Best of luck with whatever you choose!
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Old 01-24-2013, 05:50 PM   #707
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Just read threw the whole post, and all I can say is WOW!!!!!!!

You have created some BEAUTIFUL setups, and I am thinking hard on doing a Riparium myself! Thank you for posting all of the info you have and I can't wait to see what you come up with the Tang setup!

I have kept different Africans for years, and the Brichardi's are a awesome group of fish, and will quickly breed if they have the correct water parameters! There are many different colors and stripe patterns in the family, and are easy Africans to keep too!

Best of luck with whatever you choose!
Drew
Hey thanks so much! I have never kept Rift Valley fish, but I'm having fun researching them; there are so many possibilities. I was looking at various brichardi. Do you have any favorites?

Right now my favorite idea is to make this setup as representative of
a quiet bay papyrus swamp. The riparium plants will go well with this concept. I have two cichlids in mind for this idea:
  1. Pseudocrenilabrus multicolor
  2. Haplochromis bartoni.
The first of these is not a Tanganyika species, but it does occur in papyrus swamps and similar habitats.


Here are a couple more shots of that Asclepias.





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Old 01-24-2013, 11:56 PM   #708
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Beautiful fish selections, Devin! Should be a colorful riparium through out!
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Old 02-04-2013, 06:37 AM   #709
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Beautiful fish selections, Devin! Should be a colorful riparium through out!
I might have new fish in a week or two. I'm waiting to hear back about a couple of leads that I was following.

The Ruellia and the Asclepias grew up really tall. They shaded everything else, so I'm going to cut them way back. This will give me some new cuttings to root! The gold Asclepias has a bunch of nice bright flowers on it and I want to get a few more pictures before I chop it down again..
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Old 02-04-2013, 05:22 PM   #710
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Here it is with the gold Asclepias grown up quite tall.



Here's a specimen shot of the Asclepias. I like the look of this plant, but I'm going to cut it back to reduce the shade and give the shorter riparium plants a chance to grow up.

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Old 02-05-2013, 12:09 AM   #711
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really diggin the rockwork in that first pic on your last post. What do you think about completely making a rock wall completely to the top of the waterline? I think it would make this tank perfect but then again it's just my 0.02 great tank eitherways
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Old 02-05-2013, 01:26 AM   #712
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really diggin the rockwork in that first pic on your last post. What do you think about completely making a rock wall completely to the top of the waterline? I think it would make this tank perfect but then again it's just my 0.02 great tank eitherways
Hey thanks a bunch!

I've never much liked that "fruit stand" wall of rock kind of hardscape much and I prefer having the open space around the rocks. I like these rocks a lot. I hope to take some more time and get better pictures.

But I might not even keep the rocks in there. Those Tanganyika fish that I was looking for are unusual species that live in quiet bays with muddy bottoms, so they wouldn't even be around rocks. I might use driftwood instead.
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beautiful shots of the flowers!
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Old 02-06-2013, 05:53 AM   #714
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beautiful shots of the flowers!
Thanks. Those are just quick snapshots. I hope to have better pictures on the way.

Here's another view of the Asclepias blooms...

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Old 02-11-2013, 04:57 PM   #715
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I finally made up my mind about a cichlid for this setup. This is what I'm going to use...

Julidochromis transcriptus 'Pemba'
http://www.cichlid-forum.com/profile...es.php?id=2149

I can get these pretty soon from a local seller. It would have been fun to track down one of those more unusual species that occur in the papyrus habitats, but I think julies might be one of the most sensible options. The 'Pemba' type locality is especially attractive. I hope that they will be OK with the lampeye killis if I add the latter in a good-sized (~12 individuals) group.
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Old 02-12-2013, 07:35 PM   #716
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This tank got a haircut! I mowed the two Ruellia and the two Asclepias back to the last couple of leaf nodes. They will resprout in no time. I hope that the Asclepias will grow back a bit more compact. Now the Cyperus will get some more light.



I planted fifteen rock wool plugs with the cuttings that I got.

Here's that picture from a week ago for comparison.

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Very nice and great photography!
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Very nice and great photography!
Thanks. I hope to have some better pictures on the way when these plants grow in again after a few weeks.

I'm thinking about repainting the wall for better pictures. I have wondered about a dark grey with a bit of purple or gray in it(?). Maybe something like Benjamin Moore "Gentleman's Gray"(?)...

http://www.benjaminmoore.com/en-us/p...gentlemansgray
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Here's that same shot above with a little bit of hue adjustment and color a bit more true.

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Here's a quick shot of the Cryptoheros cutteri. I really like this fish; he has a lot of personality. He is coming out of this tank again when I add the new fish.

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