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120 Gallon African Tetra Aquarium

My new 120 Gallon Visio Aquarium has arrived at the shop so I went in to pay for it and took a photo. Figured it would be a good time to start this thread. It is being delivered on Tuesday and I will probably set it up as soon as I can. I've already started prepping RO water for it and getting the hardscape ready to be cleaned. The whole point of this aquarium is to provide a home for my existing African tetras and to maybe add some more.

New 120 Gallon Aquarium by Kaveh Maguire, on Flickr

The story with my African tetras is a prime example of don't buy fish now for a large tank you don't have yet. I just had to have these fish several years ago and was afraid they wouldn't be available retail again. I was convinced I was about to buy a larger house and would have room to buy the huge tank of my dreams. Well as with all such big dreams there were delays and setbacks and soon I ended up with a bunch of big tetras in a 46 gallon aquarium that they quickly outgrew. And then when I finally did buy the big house my Corydoras collection won the prize of first big tank and ended up in a 5 foot long 100 gallon. Recently my Steatocranus casuarius (lionhead or buffalohead cichlids) had babies (for the first time in 3 years of owning them) and I realized I couldn't hold out any longer. It was cruel to keep these fish in a tank that was too small (at this point one of my 40 breeder quarantine tanks) and I made it work and ordered a 120 (4' x 2' x 2').


Existing fish that will be making the move over eventually:

11 x Phenacogrammus aurantiacus (lamp-eye Congo tetras)
3 x Bathyaethiops breuseghemi (red-cap moon tetra)
2 x Nannaethiops unitaeniatus (African one-line tetra, some of my oldest remaining fish)
1 x Brycinus longipinnis (Alestes tetra)
1 x Microctenopoma ansorgii
6 x Pelvicachromis kribensis 'Moliwe' (probably about 6 generations from my original pair)
2 x Steatocranus casuarius and their babies

Phenacogrammus aurantiacus by Kaveh Maguire, on Flickr

Steatocranus casuarius by Kaveh Maguire, on Flickr

I'm going with leftover natural sand from Buceplant (ordered twice as much as I needed for the 100 gallon), Ohko/Dragon Stone and some large pieces of Malaysian driftwood for the hardscape.

Assorted pieces of hardscape gathered for the 120 gallon. by Kaveh Maguire, on Flickr

And I bought a bunch of plants already during Cyber Monday and Holiday sales from Buce Plant and Planted Aquariums Central which I have had potted up in one of my quarantine tanks. Hopefully they will survive this abuse.

More plants for future build by Kaveh Maguire, on Flickr

I also ordered 10 very expensive Alestopetersius brichardi (red-cherry Congo tetras) during The Wet Spot's holiday sale. Those Holiday sales really got me this year.

New aquatic plants and Alestopetersius brichardi in quarantine by Kaveh Maguire, on Flickr

Filtration will be dual canisters and I'll be injecting CO2 via a new GLA CO2 Reactor.

More to come when the tank arrives and I start setting up.


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