Alright so I've been thinking for months about doing a biotope. More of a challenge than just a theme and also reins me in on new tank ideas. Several weeks ago I decided I had to go for the Congo. Mostly because I picked up a Leopard Ctenopoma and adore his personality.
For now it's a std 20 gal tank and I may go pick up Rich's (my son named the ctenopoma Rich) partner that is still hanging at the lfs. I haven't decided as there's so little information on them and I don't want to end up with two 30 gallon tank next year for aggression issues.
I have my hardscape starting, driftwood is soaking still waiting on my cap for the flourite black. Finally decided I'd go with an Cichlid mix by Caribsea sight unseen I hope it's what I was wanting. Internet shopping for this stuff soooo hard! But I live quite literally over 200 miles from anything other than Walmart (not a joke it sucks). I've also snagged some Lace Rock while traveling last week. Boy it's a toughie to clean! I've been soaking it since I got it home and putting the scrub one a couple times a day and I'm still finding new holes and more mud! I like the excitement!
I plan to go with obviously some anubias, but very minimal as it seems to be overdone in my opinion plus it's not quite the look I am going for. Also some Crinum Calamistratum that I actually stumbled on at my lfs in their crayfish tank
they had two but one was pretty much eaten to a nub and as I don't know much about the plants I couldn't bring myself to spend the $11 on something I have no idea on its return from the dead rate. I'm still looking for some Bolbitis Heudelotii to tie off on the driftwood as research says it does alright like that lol. And I'm considering a Vallisneria as a background but I can't find anything reliable that puts it in the right part of the Congo river (basin low current) that the Ctenopoma may roam free.
I've got Synodontis Nigriventris hanging out in another tank with Rich already but was only able to get two I'm hoping for at least one more.
Alright now here's a list of things I'm hoping for some opinions and input on so help me out!
Another tall but unobtrusive background plant other than vallisneria but staying true to the biotope or maybe some knowledge on which vallisneria is true to my tank?
African butterfly fish pros and cons?
Do I get Rich his pal back from the lfs or do I not risk it, I am confident it's a now or never decision?
Is there ANY moss available from that region!? I can't find a thing on any moss there, there's gotta be moss lol it's a lowland jungle swamp River lol help!? If not well, I don't particularly like moss most the time anyway I'll find another method for my look lol?
I think that's the dire stuff I'm hoping for input on....
And my fancy pants first pic of the tank with water and a plate that's still there from filling it. Lots of potential lots
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