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I decided to dig up my old 38 gallon. I originally thought the crash would leak water, bit since it is a small chip in the corner, I guess it won't. I did a water test and it held up fine. I still will repair it with extra silicone or something. For now it will share a 4 foot shop light with my 10 gallon tank. This will be a slower build with a planned out aquascape, unlike my 10 gallon.

I want to stock the tank with an African butterfly fish, Congo tetras, a ctenopoma, and a rubber nose pleco. Still unsure of a couple things, but definitely going to need a lot of driftwood. Budget is kind of low, so lots of diy stuff for this build. Really excited!
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Nice idea, but one question: Why a pleco? They aren't from Africa. Have you thought about Nerite Snails? They will at least fit your theme. I've got an 8 gallon African biotope-ish if you want to check it out!

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Nice idea, but one question: Why a pleco? They aren't from Africa. Have you thought about Nerite Snails? They will at least fit your theme. I've got an 8 gallon African biotope-ish if you want to check it out!
I guess I just liked pleco's and this is the only tank I could hold one in lol. I am definitely putting some nerite snails in. I heard they are pretty awesome algae eaters.

I was actually looking at your tank for inspiration. I really like it!


There aren't too many fish from the Congo area available in the pet trade, which is kind of a shame. I'm glad someone else is doing an African biotope. One question, where did you find African ferns? Do you find them similar to java ferns? Thanks.
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I get all my fish and plants from the Wet Spot Tropical Fish in Portland. Luckily, they are my LFS. Congo fish are extremely hard to find because shipping costs are crazy, and they ship through Europe using poorly insulated boxes, and many fish die.

Bolbitis is pretty easy to find. If your LFS doesn't have any, I'm sure plenty of people in this forum could send you some snippets. I only have two rhizomes, and while they have grown some nice leaves since I updated my thread, I don't have enough to send out It's very pretty when it grows in though.

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I get all my fish and plants from the Wet Spot Tropical Fish in Portland. Luckily, they are my LFS. Congo fish are extremely hard to find because shipping costs are crazy, and they ship through Europe using poorly insulated boxes, and many fish die.

Bolbitis is pretty easy to find. If your LFS doesn't have any, I'm sure plenty of people in this forum could send you some snippets. I only have two rhizomes, and while they have grown some nice leaves since I updated my thread, I don't have enough to send out It's very pretty when it grows in though.
That's fortunate for you. My LFS actually stocks congo tetra and African butterfly fish, so that's pretty awesome. I'll have to reach out to people about the fern. Thanks for the info!

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I get all my fish and plants from the Wet Spot Tropical Fish in Portland. Luckily, they are my LFS. Congo fish are extremely hard to find because shipping costs are crazy, and they ship through Europe using poorly insulated boxes, and many fish die.

Bolbitis is pretty easy to find. If your LFS doesn't have any, I'm sure plenty of people in this forum could send you some snippets. I only have two rhizomes, and while they have grown some nice leaves since I updated my thread, I don't have enough to send out It's very pretty when it grows in though.
That's fortunate for you. My LFS actually stocks congo tetra and African butterfly fish, so that's pretty awesome. I'll have to reach out to people about the fern. Thanks for the info!
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Actually 38 gallon tank is a little small for Congo tetras. I had them in 345l tank (4 times bigger than yours!), 120 cm long and it was a little bit too short for my liking. Those are huge tetras! Bushfish grows to 20 cm... But it grows slowly, so you can have a small one in such a small tank. Sooner or later it will need more space.
On the other hand - you could put there some kribensis :-)


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Actually 38 gallon tank is a little small for Congo tetras. I had them in 345l tank (4 times bigger than yours!), 120 cm long and it was a little bit too short for my liking. Those are huge tetras! Bushfish grows to 20 cm... But it grows slowly, so you can have a small one in such a small tank. Sooner or later it will need more space.
On the other hand - you could put there some kribensis :-)
I believe the leopard bush fish only grows to 4 inches. Every care article , hobbies experienced posts. and recommendations say a school Congo tetra will be fine in a 30 gallon...
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Well, about bushfish - I've read something else, but it's not first hand, so I might be wrong. About Congo tetra - I had 12 of them in much bigger tank for a year and believe me, it's torture to keep them in something so small! Or maybe not size, length is more important, I had them in 120 cm long tank, but if I'm going to have them again, I won't put them in something shorter than 150 cm. That's my opinion.


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Well, about bushfish - I've read something else, but it's not first hand, so I might be wrong. About Congo tetra - I had 12 of them in much bigger tank for a year and believe me, it's torture to keep them in something so small! Or maybe not size, length is more important, I had them in 120 cm long tank, but if I'm going to have them again, I won't put them in something shorter than 150 cm. That's my opinion.
Thanks for your opinion. I might have to go with lamp eye killifish instead.
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