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Well, here is my work in progress. It's a 150 gallon tank (48x24x31). I have a lot of plans for more plants, but I wanted to get it up and running. Hopefully I'll be able to pick up some more stuff on Monday.
Currently i have a couple of Amazon Swords, a Ruffle Sword, Java Fern, Tiger Lotus, and some Java Moss on the large arching driftwood.
The tank is also currently stocked with a school of Buenos Aires Tetras, a striped and a spotted raphael cat, a Flash Pleco, a clown pleco, zamora woodcat, and 3 flagtailed porthole cats. I have ordered a group of Rainbow Cichlids, and hope to also add some Cory Cats to round out the livestock.
Ultimately I want to attach an anubias to the driftwood on the left, add some more swords to the rear and some vals, attach some christmas moss to the rock cave and have some microswords in the foreground.
Let me know what you guys think. Any suggestions or advise would be greatly appreciated.
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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 02-06-2012, 05:48 PM
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I think it needs some green.

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I think it needs some green.

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I couldn't agree more. I went out and picked up some more plants today. I'll give the full rundown on Flora and Fauna shortly after I get everything cleaned up. I need to snap some new pictures too, but those might not come today.
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Well I got some more plants in the tank, and I'm liking the way it is taking shape.

Current Flora:
Echinodorus amazonicus,
Echinodorus argentinensis,
Echinodurs major,
Cryptocoryne wendtil,
Anubia afzelii,
Anubias nana,
Crinum thaianum,
Microsorum pteropus,
Taxiphyllum barbieri,
Cladophora aegagropila,
Myriophyllum aquaticum,
Nymphaea lotus

Fauna:
Buenos Aires Tetra School,
Green Cory Cat School,
Flash Pleco,
Clown Pleco,
Striped Raphael Cat,
Spotted Raphael Cat,
Flagtail Porthole Cat,
Zamora Woodcat,
And I'm waiting to pick up my Rainbow Cichlids once they come in.

Thanks for checking out my journal. Please give many any suggestions you may have.
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Well, I sadly lost two of my Green Cory's overnight. All 5 were really stressed when I got them home, and even with the extra attention the two did not make it. As of this morning the other 3 were looking healthy and cruising around the tanks, so we will have to wait and see. The rest of the fauna are all actively eating and moving around the tank.
I got some more bad news later this afternoon from the LFS that they had been unable to track down the Herotilapia Multispinosa I was hoping to showcase in the tank. I'm now leaning toward Rams.
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I picked up some Rams for the tank today to round out the stocking list. Very happy with the progress other than the setback with the Cory Cats.
I'll try to get some more pictures up over the weekend. Thanks for taking a look!
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Well, had another set back on the tank this afternoon. Out of no where my Buenos Aires Tetras started going to town on my Anubias and Java Fern. Then they started in on my Swords.
I drained down the tank and took them to the LFS for some credit.
Time to research some tetras that won't eat my plants...
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Well, the BA's are gone and in their place I opted for color over schooling and went for Cherry Barbs. Stocking for the tank is essentially complete, but I may add a few Angels later depending on how the current fish fair.

Fauna:
6 Mikrogeophagus altispinosus (Bolivian Rams)
3 Dianema urostriata (Flagtail Porthole Catfish)
1 Auchenipterichthys coracoideus (Zamora Woodcat)
1 Platydoras costatus (Striped Raphael Catfish)
1 Agamyxis pectinifrons (Spotted Raphael Catfish)
6 Brochis splendens (Emerald Corydoras)
5 Otocinclus vittatus (Dwarf Suckermouths)
1 Panaque sp. L204 (Flash Pleco)
1 Panaque maccus L104 (Clown Pleco)
12 Puntius titteya (Cherry Barbs)
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Looks good - although you could round out the stocking by adding 2-5 angelfish to give some activity to the top of such a tall tank.
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Looks good - although you could round out the stocking by adding 2-5 angelfish to give some activity to the top of such a tall tank.
My thoughts exactly. I was thinking Blue Angels. I'm going to wait a little bit to add them so that the plants and fish can settle in and my wallet recover.
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