Originally Posted by Bastalker
I think ya got plenty of substrate!! Need more plants though.
You should keep the tank topped off to the rim, so you cant see the water line.
The substrate at the front of the glass that is at a point higher than the rest of the substrate is a little extreme IMO. Gradual sloping is more pleasing to the eye.
Plants!!! Needs more plants!! Lots more plants!!
Ya there’s about 75lbs. of sand in it, and I just yesterday put 3 more plants in it. There just from Pets-Mart so I don’t even know what kind they are, just the best looking ones they had so I took’em.
The sharp edge of the sand that you see is from my pleco’s. They dug under my stump and shifted the sand like that in about 10 min. SOB’s…..
Originally Posted by fishunderpants
I also think the substrate at the front of the tank needs a more gradual slope.
Other than that, it looks great so far, just needs more plants.
It’s much smoother now.
Originally Posted by Bastalker
Oops...Sorry. i just saw on yer other thread that you dont wanna plant this one...Ummmm....Why not? The bigger tank will be easier than the 30G.
I also read that you dont wanna do co2....Ummmm why not? You must jus be a very patient man!!!
I just have the 25 sitting now and my youngest son (Anthony 12½) and I thought it would be a fun project. I had already had this tank in mind as to what I wanted and didn’t get the replies (do to my own fault for not finding this site fast enough) from all the great, helpful people on this site till it was already in motion.
As for Co2, I already have the stuff for a DIY system for the 25, and of course now I’m thinking of doing this one as well (it’s like my Jeep, a never ending obsession) As for being a patient man………..
Just the opposite, I already want to start the 25 and my 60's not finished yet
and to top it off I have been obsessing on turning my storage room between the garage and the patio in a 250-300 gallon tank you can see from the patio………….I think my wife thinks I’ve lost my mind……..
Originally Posted by CODFISH
you are going to need a bigger tank once those cichlids, and the plecos grow
Originally Posted by rrguymon
Nice looking tank. I think you will be playing referee with those chichlids though.
Thanks, CODFISH and rrguymon
Ya I know. I already had my first death. My Texas didn’t last long. He was the smallest of the bunch and I had my doubts, but I replaced him with a Red Devil
and they all seem to get along really well so far. In fact when I put the RD in it almost instinctively went to the Jag and for a minute I thought they were going to go at it, but to my amazement they swam beside each other rubbing there bodies together for a few seconds and then swam away.
I know, I know, but I herd that the RD and the Jag will do just fine together in the 60 and I have a plan.
that just started the timer on getting another 60 or bigger for the other 3, along with a Blue Acara.
my wife gets easily attached to our animals and would rather I do that than get rid of them. So you see, there’s a method to my madness
Originally Posted by saboy
can i ask what gravel/sand you have in there, it seems to be like fine gravel ?
It looks very nice
If you gonna keep those cichlids , in the long run , then they are gonna need a much much bigger tank, but i like the scape
It’s just playground sand from Lowes. If I remember right it was $2.77 for a 50 lbs. bag. So I bought 100 lbs. I’ve a little less that ½ a bag left.
Thanks for the compliments. I really appreciate the great responses here on this site. I’ll try to post some more pictures this weekend. Like I said I added some more plants. I have a problem thou and I’m hoping someone here can help. These type of fish a hard on plant right?? I have holes in the leaves of my plants and some of the leaves are shredded. I’m assuming that the fish are eating them, but I don’t ever catch’em doing it. If this is true, and I think I’ve herd that cichlids eat plants, then is there some plants along these general size and type that they won’t eat or do I need to do, dare I say it
, fake plants ???
And help with this would be very appreciated.