CryptKeeper54's 44 pentagon cichlid tank
Planted Tank Forums
Your Tanks Image Hosting *Tank Tracker * Plant Profiles Fish Profiles Planted Tank Guide Photo Gallery Articles

Go Back   The Planted Tank Forum > General Planted Tank Forums > Tank Journals


Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 04-21-2012, 08:00 PM   #1
CryptKeeper54
Planted Tank Obsessed
 
CryptKeeper54's Avatar
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Honolulu, HI
Posts: 354
Default

CryptKeeper54's 44 pentagon cichlid tank


Got a renewed interest in aquriums again. Thought I would try making a cichlid tank.

Born date: 4/14/12

Had this tak decommisioned in 2004. Clean up time:


Adding lighting grid (from lowe's), sand, concrete blocks, ABS pipes and rocks (lace rock and unidentifed rock):




Amazon delivered my Fluval 306 on 4/18. Great build quality and good price. Happy with my purchase. Time to add plants (java fern and anubias bateri). In retrospect, should have added more rocks in corner to lift bateri, hard to see in jungle of fern:


Was skeptical about this LED light but it is fantastic looking to me.... I used to run MH lights over this tank in 2004 and the LED light gives me the same shimmering effect that I love.
CryptKeeper54 is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 04-21-2012, 08:02 PM   #2
lauraleellbp
Fresh Fish Freak
 
lauraleellbp's Avatar
 
PTrader: (69/100%)
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Tampa, Florida
Posts: 22,918
Default

Looks awesome!

What cichlids you going for?
__________________
lauraleellbp is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 04-21-2012, 08:22 PM   #3
LB79
Wannabe Guru
 
LB79's Avatar
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: South-central Washington State, USA
Posts: 1,900
Default

Oh, man, that'll look awesome when you've got it full of water and fish.
__________________
"One day...one day, this path will lead us to the White City, and the tower guard will take up the call: the Lords of Gondor have returned!"

–Boromir, The Lord Of The Rings
LB79 is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 04-21-2012, 10:57 PM   #4
CryptKeeper54
Planted Tank Obsessed
 
CryptKeeper54's Avatar
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Honolulu, HI
Posts: 354
Default

Thanks. Too bad I don't get to see it everday since it's at my mom's house. She babysits my daughter often, so I thought I would revive this tank for my little girl. I'm enjoying every minute of it.

Going to add my otos today to keep algae in check. I'm currently researching on how to care for cichlids. I'm leaning towards electric yellow labs and demasonis. I think the contrast looks awesome. I just need to decide on the ratio. I was thinking maybe 6 labs and 12 demasonis. I would love to hear any suggestions from forum members.
CryptKeeper54 is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 04-21-2012, 11:13 PM   #5
annexthebear
Algae Grower
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: pensacola, FL
Posts: 23
Default

I had Ottos in with some fairly small bream that I caught and had in a tank for a while, and the bream ate them. I'm thinking they won't stand a chance with african cichlids around lol. I love the scape though, looks very cool looking. I've always been a fan of the rock wall look with sand, and the plants on top are a nice touch.
annexthebear is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 04-21-2012, 11:36 PM   #6
snoopy65
Algae Grower
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Linesville, Pennsylvania
Posts: 45
Default

I agree, with mbuna the poor little otos don't stand a chance. Mbuna do a good job of keeping algae in check all on their own.
snoopy65 is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 04-25-2012, 11:27 AM   #7
CryptKeeper54
Planted Tank Obsessed
 
CryptKeeper54's Avatar
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Honolulu, HI
Posts: 354
Default

Against everyone's advice, I added 8 otos and 50 RCS. The shrimp are in hiding, I only saw a few the other day. I was planning to just house the shrimp for a few days till I can get them in my nano tank. Big mistake on my part, I hav no idea how I'm gonna lure them out to catch'em. Gonna add 6 electric yellow labs on Sunday.

__________________
CURRENT: 12 Gallon Long, ADA mini M "Reborn", 75 gal Cichlid Tank
CLUBS: 12 Gal Long Club,***Nikon Pimp #062***
RETIRED: ADA Mini M, Schuber Wright Mini 66, Fluval Spec, Fluval Spec V, EheimAquastyle 6g, Fluval Edge 6g, 44 Pentagon
Owner/Creator of Plantednanotanks.com
CryptKeeper54 is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 04-25-2012, 11:35 AM   #8
Gotcha38
Algae Grower
 
Gotcha38's Avatar
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Clemson, SC
Posts: 79
Default

Tank really looks great. Shame about the feeder fish though. You can try to setup a fish trap to get them out.
Gotcha38 is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 04-26-2012, 10:44 AM   #9
Kai808
Planted Tank Enthusiast
 
PTrader: (1/100%)
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Ameri,CA
Posts: 550
Default

Great tank! Google DIY shrimp traps to get them out. If you have too much shrimp I'll buy some from you.
__________________
Kai808 is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 04-26-2012, 11:39 AM   #10
wabisabi
Planted Tank Obsessed
 
wabisabi's Avatar
 
PTrader: (38/100%)
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: ハワイ諸島
Posts: 477
Default

Nice!
wabisabi is online now   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 04-26-2012, 01:07 PM   #11
vincenz
Planted Tank Enthusiast
 
vincenz's Avatar
 
PTrader: (54/100%)
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: New York
Posts: 715
Default

Really like the hardscape and the ferns are a nice touch. They're very close to the light though-- you're not afraid of algae covering the leaves eventually?
vincenz is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 04-26-2012, 01:36 PM   #12
trixella
Planted Tank Enthusiast
 
trixella's Avatar
 
PTrader: (7/100%)
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Austin, Texas
Posts: 749
Default

Beautiful job with the plants and hardscape!

My only suggestion would be to wait a while before adding any more fish since the tank still has to go through the cycling process (unless you already put an established filter on it).
trixella is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 04-26-2012, 03:18 PM   #13
Neoman
Planted Tank Obsessed
 
Neoman's Avatar
 
PTrader: (1/100%)
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Flower Mound, Texas
Posts: 398
Default

This tank looks awesome already. What are you planning for mid-ground plants?

Also, if you don't want your shrimp to be an expensive snack, the labs (or any rift lake cichlid, for that matter) are probably not a good choice. If your gonna put them in that other tank, get as many as you can out before you put the labs in.
__________________
Neoman is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 04-26-2012, 06:56 PM   #14
CryptKeeper54
Planted Tank Obsessed
 
CryptKeeper54's Avatar
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Honolulu, HI
Posts: 354
Default

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.
__________________
CURRENT: 12 Gallon Long, ADA mini M "Reborn", 75 gal Cichlid Tank
CLUBS: 12 Gal Long Club,***Nikon Pimp #062***
RETIRED: ADA Mini M, Schuber Wright Mini 66, Fluval Spec, Fluval Spec V, EheimAquastyle 6g, Fluval Edge 6g, 44 Pentagon
Owner/Creator of Plantednanotanks.com
CryptKeeper54 is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 04-30-2012, 11:53 PM   #15
CryptKeeper54
Planted Tank Obsessed
 
CryptKeeper54's Avatar
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Honolulu, HI
Posts: 354
Default

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.

__________________
CURRENT: 12 Gallon Long, ADA mini M "Reborn", 75 gal Cichlid Tank
CLUBS: 12 Gal Long Club,***Nikon Pimp #062***
RETIRED: ADA Mini M, Schuber Wright Mini 66, Fluval Spec, Fluval Spec V, EheimAquastyle 6g, Fluval Edge 6g, 44 Pentagon
Owner/Creator of Plantednanotanks.com
CryptKeeper54 is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Planted Tank Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
If you do not want to register, fill this field only and the name will be used as user name for your post.
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT. The time now is 10:53 AM.


Powered by vBulletin®
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright Planted Tank LLC 2012