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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 10-26-2005, 06:40 AM Thread Starter
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Zulu's new 33 gallon

So I've played around with some cold-water species in a little tank, did a planted setup with some flame tetras and gouramis, tested a guppy breeding fest, tried out some aggressive cichlids (jack dempsey, green terror... btw the dempsey just tried to kill the terror the whole time - had a mean one I guess), etc.

Alas, now I want to setup a tank that's attractive, low maintenance, and relaxing. Enter my new 33 gallon





33 gallon glass, 36"x12"x18" [LxWxH]
AquaClear 300GPH HOB filter
Sliding clear glass top
Coralife Aqualite 36" - 2x21 watt T-5 bulbs (6,700k and 10,000k) with aluminium reflector - on an automatic timer

"River Gravel" substrate (2mm~ in size)
Vallisneria americana
Logs with some java moss

6 * head & tail-light tetras
6 * glowlight tetras
6 * neon tetras
6 * black skirt tetras (not pictured, were added 3 days after this picture)
2 * otto sucker catfish
2 * ghost shrimp (one has a number of babies [recently hatched eggs] in her little swimmy feet thingies)

The tank is pretty calm, but always has movement in it. They weren't schooling especially well until the black skirts were introduced, now the black skirts stick to themselves, the head & tail lights to themselves, and the neons and glowlights together. Overall it looks very nice. Things should look really good once the valls start reaching for the surface. Will post follow up pics later.

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Nice. The wood on the right looks like it's come alive and you photographed it as it was reaching towards the surface, probably to drag some unsuspecting passer by under to hold it down while the fish devour the poor soul.

But that's just my interpretation. Not exactly peaceful, I know.

But wouldn't it be cool?

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Quite the creative thinker ;P
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Great setup, it will like a biotope when it fills in.
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hey good start. itll look good once its filled in.
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How tall will those vals get?
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Its going to look nice with just the cals and moss. It will be low maintenace like you want and be very natural looking...

I like It !
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How tall will those vals get?
Good question. I'm guessing somewhere between 12 and 36 inches :P I'll let you know. They've already grown about 2 1/2" in height since this picture was taken, and shot out a lot of runners making it quite thick in some spots.
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Since you've got all those Tetras, have you ever kept Black Phantoms? Maybe you know all this...The females have a reddish tint on their lower fin and the males don't. I love these fish with the male's mock battles with the huge dorsal fins which they fan out at night during their: "I'm the baddest routine". I'm not absolutely sure, but I think the boys will duel better with a girl or two around. Its quite peaceful to watch their mock battles with a moonlight on and martini in hand. The battles are as graceful as butterflies... FWIW bob





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I'm guessing somewhere between 12 and 36 inches
Not quite... try 1" - Too Long "... LOL
I had some a couple years back that were in excess of 5 ft and still growing. The good thing though is that once settled in, they grow runners so quickly that you can be ruthless in your trimmings and keep it looking good easily.
Another great plant that might look nice mixed in with your Vals is Crypt balansae...
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Update. Had a disease outbreak, lost a lot of fish. Also had a greenwater outbreak, UV sterilization, lots of water changes, and some algae removal thingy. Stunted plant growth - just starting to recover a bit now. Have some weird green algae on one of the pieces of wood, and brown algae on the rocks and some of the valls. Java moss is doing better tho. :P

2 Bolivian Rams
6 Lemon Tetras
everybody else bit the dust.





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ugly brown algae on rocks and some valls
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Uh ohes. What happened here?



I'll explain in a bit.
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what's to explain? that's one healthy bolivian ram. XD
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what's to explain? that's one healthy bolivian ram. XD
hahaha, craziest ram growth ever! Send $5 to learn my secret!


Seriously tho, there was an Oscar up for rescue, I've always wanted one and figured I may as well save one. Yes the 33 gallon isn't big enough for a full grown Oscar, and I'd say this one is somewhere between 8 and 10" at the moment. I'll likely be moving again in a few months, so at that time will be building my own tank, probably in the 12+ ft area. Seeing as I suspected the remainder of my little fish were going to bite the dust while I was gone for Christmas holidays I'll let the O eat them instead :P

The HOB filter also bit the dust, so I've got two powerfilters in the back corners with sponges on the intakes. Seems to be working alright.
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How're the plants holding up? My oscars used to have a tendancy to dig.
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