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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 09-12-2006, 06:30 PM Thread Starter
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Planted geophagus tank

The main inhabitants of this tank are Geophagus altifrons, a species in the South American eartheater group. They are not popular in planted tanks due to their substrate sifting habits - it can sometimes be a pain to keep plants where I want them. I was looking to do something a little different though, and always loved these fish, so I decided to see how far I could take the idea.

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55g AGA tank
Sedona stand / canopy
Coralife 2x65w 6700k PC
Fluval 204 / Aquaclear 20 (soon to be replaced with a single canister)
pressurized Co2 system (10lb tank, Smith regulator, ceramic diffusion disc)

Floura:
Anubias nana
various Echinodorus
Nymphaea
various cryptocorynes
various mosses
*baby tears as an experiment to see if the geos leave it alone*

Fauna:
Geophagus altifrons
2 pair Pelvicachromis pulcher
Corydoras trilineatus
banjo catfish
bushynose catfish
whiptail catfish







I'd be very interested to hear any suggestions for plant species that may work well in this setup. Any aquascaping suggestions or comments are welcome as well - I know the large stump is a bit overpowering and I've been thinking of changing it out for several smaller pieces of wood.

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I LOVE the stump.... wouldn't change it for the world!

Something so expensive and addictive HAS to be illegal. I'm just waiting for the police to break down my door and confinscate my fish food.
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Gorgeous tank and gorgeous fish!
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I LOVE the stump.... wouldn't change it for the world!

that stump rocks. What kind of wood is that?

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Wow, guess the stump is going to stay! It's a cypress root i picked up in Golden Gate park. The park service personell had trimmed it off one of the huge trees and left it in a pile of brush. I brought it home, stripped off the bark (what a task that was) and soaked it in a tub for a month before adding it to the tank.

I would like to get a more natural look to this tank somehow - it looks very 'Dutch' to me in these photos. Perhaps if I plant it out more heavily and find some tolerant foreground plants.
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Yea... I see what you mean... I agree too... some little foreground plants here and there right up next to the edges would make it seem a little more like you cut a section of the wild right out and plopped it into your tank.

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That is a beautiful tank, and I love Geophagus, having had a couple many years ago. When I had them they dug up the whole substrate repeatedly, then bred. Watching them herd their fry, sucking them into their mouths when I would get too close, was fascinating. Of course I knew next to nothing about proper care of either fish or plants back then so the fish died within a year or so. And, I vote to keep the stump!

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i love geophagus too. cheers on the beautiful tank! i had G. juripari that eventually developed HITH what species is that? they're beautiful!


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Wow, guess the stump is going to stay! It's a cypress root i picked up in Golden Gate park. The park service personell had trimmed it off one of the huge trees and left it in a pile of brush. I brought it home, stripped off the bark (what a task that was) and soaked it in a tub for a month before adding it to the tank.

I would like to get a more natural look to this tank somehow - it looks very 'Dutch' to me in these photos. Perhaps if I plant it out more heavily and find some tolerant foreground plants.
exactly what I would do....more plants and a nice foreground. The stump rocks, so don't change that. The fish are great too. Nice job.
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Great scape! Love the way you have the Hm in the middle of the stones.
Really digging the stump.. hmmm...
Me thinks I'll have to scout around GG for one those myself..


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You are courageous with the geophagus my friend. Tank looks good.
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Now that is a fish that i have never seen before. I also believe that it is rarely heard of or even used in the planted tank community. But they are very beautiful nonetheless. And on top of that,your tank layout really complimented the kind of fish speices that they are. Only thing is,from the second pic,i noticed that the SAE was kinda small in comparison. Would it end up becoming a meal?
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Zack, that is a nice looking tank. Geos in general and Altifrons specifically (yours look like Altifrons) are some of my favorite fish. I have a 180g tank with a colony of those (along with Angels, Rams, and "true" parrots) and it's by far my favorite tank. If you want some ideas for tank design, I tried to make mine very close to the riverine biotope where these may be found in South America, with very light sand, lots of wood and rocks and moss. Here is an old tank photo, it looks MUCH better now a few months later, I will take pics later on to show you.



And btw, here is what you can expect yours to look after they grow up, this is my alpha male, who is about 10" TL or more.



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Wow! That is one awsome tank Paradise - any updated pictures?
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