This tank has been in the planning stages for almost a year. I have been slowly acquiring the necessary items and think I've finally got what I need. The biggest thing that has changed is the tank size. All of my planning has been for a 40 gallon breeder, but yesterday got the opportunity to purchase a first generation ADA 90p for quite cheap. I will be picking the new tank up today. There has been quite a bit of discussion recently about this tank in the posts on my rack journal
Important Preliminary details, with a few thoughts or concerns added as I go-
ADA 90p, 48 gallons, 90cm x 45cm x 45cm or 36" x 18" x 18" depending on your country of origin so you don't have to google the conversion, like I do all the time. Math sucks.
I had planned to use an Eheim 2215, but now I'm not sure if this isn't too small for the new tank. I know the 2215 has enough media surface area for the 90p, jusdt not sure if I will need more flow.
Considering an Eheim skim350 surface skimmer. If you have one how much
Just realized I don't have one, there will be one. I almost always go with in oversized heater.
I've not really decided on this yet, but it will almost certainly end up being one of my existing lights. If I decide I need more light, I will probably end up buying a cheap LED that isn't really a plant light but will add some brightness to the dark tannin-stained water. With that being said, my options are a 30" Coralife dual lamp T5HO, 24" dual lamp T5HO, or two 18" BuildMyLED. Honestly I probably will add a non-planted LED that I can run for a longer photoperiod than the plant light since this tank won't be super planted.
I was leaning toward the 30" T5HO, but I think Coralife was the only company to build a 30" T5HO and then not very many of them! The bulb availability freaking sucks. The fixture currently has two 6700K bulbs in it, but I'm not sure these are still available, as last time I looked, I think the 10,000K was offered. I definitely don't want to use 10,000K bulbs on this tank!
I will probably start with one of the lights I already own and then switch them around to see what I like best.
Sand, most likely pool filter sand as I have a 50lb bag that has barely been touched. I was talking to the owner of my LFS recently and he mentioned having seen people having issues with high phosphates in tanks with PFS as the substrate. I haven't searched for info on this, anyone have any experience with it?
Manzanita, and lots of it! The goal will be to create a large number of line of sight breaks and areas allowing fish to be able to hide from each other easily. The larger number of female Apistos that I may be aiming for means that the number of sight breaks will be dramatically increased.
The tank will also include several of the small terra cotta/clay caves and "huts"
The plan is to go with relatively easy low light species of plants, though not specific to a certain area, region or even continent. Swords, crypts, val, and dwarf sag are all likely species along with a few Hydrocotyle species, and a number of floaters. Star Grass may be an option as well. I'm trying to stick with root feeders as I don't plan on any real dosing. The tank will not be heavily planted, I would expect that it will end up being moderately planted.
Current Plants as of 11/2/17:
Echinodorus angustifolia 'Vesuvius'
Echinodorus parviflorus 'Tropica'
Echinodorus sp. ‘Xingu’
Echinodorus uruguayensis 'Red'
Helanthium tenellum ‘red’
Red root Floaters
I've been through a couple livestock plans for this tank but have pretty much narrowed it down. The most recent list came after the previous list was cut down to help support better odds of successful breeding for the Apistogramma species. This discussion is in my tank rack journal. I'm not sure the new, larger tank size is enough to really warrant an increase back to the original list. I will post both of them as I am still open to thoughts and suggestions.
So my original plan for stocking the 40b was:
2 pairs of Apistogramma urteagai
~25 Nannostomus trifasciatus - Three-lined Pencilfish
~15 Carnegiella strigata - Marbled Hatchetfish
2-3 L066 Hypancistrus sp. - King Tiger or Scribbled pleco
Now I think it is going to be closer to this:
2 males & 4-6 females of Apisto. urteagai
~25 or less Nannostomus trifasciatus - Three-lined Pencilfish
Along with one of the following options:
2-3L066 Hypancistrus sp. - King Tiger or Scribbled pleco- preferably a M/F combo
I'm sure most of you are not familiar with Apistogramma urteagai as it is a fairly uncommon Apisto species. A. urteagai is in the A.-regani-Group, resticulosa -Complex. Which from what I can find means that the males should be opportunistically polygamous. Species within this complex are small, <2.25inches for a max size. There are quite a few pictures of the fish I have currently in the previous linked rack journal, which can also be found in my signature. This Apistogramma will be the main focus of this aquarium. At this point, I'm willing to minamize the number of other inhabitants in order to make the Apistos happy and increase the chance they spawn. It is entirely possible that I change that in the future and just go for an nice heavily stocked blackwater community tank. As I stated in a recent post, I'm not trying to be an Apisto breeder, beyond as just a hobbyist but I enjoy seeing how the Apistos act throughout the spawning and raising fry stages. It would just be a bonus if I end up with a few fish to sell or trade with friends and other hobbyists.
Pics will be up as soon as I pick up the tank,