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Before plants my life was Tangy! *56kwarning*

I'm new to planted tanks and I'm really loving it. But before I started this hobby my life was full of zing, and zest... you could say it was TANGY!

It's really odd for me with this planted tank fad I'm going through. Before I considered myself an expert in my hobby. Also someone who's advice should be appreciated! But now it's backwards! I am a newb once again and I look forward to mastering this niche in the hobby as I mastered my love of all loves. Tanganyikans!

Here are some photos of my beloved Tangs! Some pics are really bad but... oh well.

Altolamprologus Calvus "livua" Wild adults









Altolamprologus Compressiceps "Gold head" Male


Cyprichromis leptosoma "chituta" wild males







Fry from the above fish


Neolamprologus Occelatus "gold"







'Lamprologus' Brevis







Xenotilapia Melanogenys AKA Enantiopus melanogenys "zambia" Wild adults









Paracyprichromis niggripinnis Wild male





Julidochriomis Regani "magara" wild female



Cyprichromis SP. jumbo "Kitumba" Wild male





'Lamprologus' multifasciatus



'Lamprologu's speciosus





Neolamprologus Brichardi







Tropheus Moorii "Kiku" male


Eretmodus cyanostictus "blue spot" wild pair







Paracyprichromis Brieni sp velifer "kitumba" wild adults and subadults







Asprotilapia Leptura wild adults







Julidochromis marlieri "gombe" wild adults






Some of the photo credits go to my friend John Cowan.

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All I can say is ... "WOW!!!!"!!!!!

I can definitely understand how you feel. I'm trying to get into malawi cichlids right now and I'm clueless.

That is quite an incredible tang collection, you are borderline to opening your own fish store.
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Tee hee thats not all... photobucket went down in the middle of my post

But SADLY!!! SADLY SADLY SADLY All of those babies have new homes now.

We moved and I had to be torn from my babies... One tank is all I'm allowed now so I went planted I figured this is the best bang for my buck!

***Edit ...

Honestly I think every single day about adding a canister full of crushed coral and limestone and putting Tangs in the tank anyways!
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Beautiful specimens and photos.

I've kept quite few of them in the past myself.


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Fish- you absolutely have to put all those into the Fish Profiles! I know alot of them aren't there (yet)...

PS I swear I know you from somewhere but I haven't figured it out yet...





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Beautiful specimens and photos.

I've kept quite few of them in the past myself.
Tanks jinx!

There is only ONE Tanganyikan I would rip my tank up for and make it a bare sand liquid rock sanctuary once again ...

and that is Xenotilapia Papilio "Tembwe duex"

Ive been trying to buy some for 4 years. I got close once and was second in line for fry but I wasn't fast enough!

*Ill update my collection as soon as photobucket recovers
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Fish- you absolutely have to put all those into the Fish Profiles! I know alot of them aren't there (yet)...

PS I swear I know you from somewhere but I haven't figured it out yet...
If the admin would like I would be happy to put together info and pics for many tang species for the profiles!

As well as breeding info... I will boast and state my record that I never kept a cichlid I have not spawned!

Tee Hee

(edit- i am on a TON of forums. cichlid-forum, cichlidforums, africancichlidforums, mosterfishkeepers, lots of salt sites, etc)
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Everyone's free to submit Fish Profiles, then KyleT and/or the staff review them and post them. Everyone's also free to add comments to Profiles already in existence. I think it's a pretty cool system!

Tropical Resources, maybe?





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Everyone's free to submit Fish Profiles, then KyleT and/or the staff review them and post them. Everyone's also free to add comments to Profiles already in existence. I think it's a pretty cool system!

Tropical Resources, maybe?
So I just submit pictures and info, then they review/post it? Do I get credit?

Nope not tropical resources...

***Edit wait let me go there and see because I am on so many sites there is no telling!
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Fish- you absolutely have to put all those into the Fish Profiles! I know alot of them aren't there (yet)...
Agreed. Although many might not consider them for full blown planted tanks, they would be worthy additions to the Profiles section.

Maybe add some of your experience's with each species and their behavior with live plants. (I see quite a few in some of the photos)

I personally never kept plants with mine so I don't have much input there.


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Maybe add some of your experience's with each species and their behavior with live plants. (I see quite a few in some of the photos)

I personally never kept plants with mine so I don't have much input there.
LOL

Tangs off all types excluding tropheus sp and sometimes not even them, have NEVER bothered my plants. If anything The water you have to keep tangs in is what hurts the plants!

But when you keep tangs they are so expensive the plants you can afford are cheap and there only purpose (at least for me) was helping the water quality.

Plants I kept with all of the above fish (including tropheus and eretmodus) were Anubias -nana, barteri, coffeefolia, and petitie. Java ferns narrow and regular, vallisneria americana and spiralis, and cabomba.

My water for my wild tangs was basically liquid rock. PH above 9 and GH and KH in the hundreds...

The main reason IMO that any plant survived was the fry food 5xs daily. Just about every tank I had plants in also had fry. I feed my fry 5-6 times a day. This was the only fert introduced into any of my tanks.

Also lighiting was um... can I cuss here? It was BS. On my 125 gallon I had 40 watts of flourescent light I think at 10k. Ph 9-9.5 and GH and KH I don't even want to tell you guys... but I had Vall americana, Java fern, and anubias nana in there. Growing not just surviving...
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Fish- yep you'd get credit. I even got a few in there myself (I was really surprised some common fish weren't listed; tiger barbs, cherry barbs, angel synods, etc... It's kinda fun. I need to do some more. I think I see it as my responsibility to make sure at least every fish I've ever kept eventually gets in there... (this might take a while, 25+ years' worth LOL)





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The rest of the plants don't surprise me, but cabomba does? Maybe that's b/c for some reason it's never liked my tanks so far...





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The rest of the plants don't surprise me, but cabomba does? Maybe that's b/c for some reason it's never liked my tanks so far...
Yeah its odd... you can see it in a few pics... the stuff was truely a WEED. And I'm talking 55 gallon tank 24 watts of light and liquid rock water...

LOL! It's amazing what ignoring a plant and giving it fry food does!!!
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Yeah its odd... you can see it in a few pics... the stuff was truely a WEED. And I'm talking 55 gallon tank 24 watts of light and liquid rock water...

LOL! It's amazing what ignoring a plant and giving it fry food does!!!
I'm having a bit of a blonde moment and doubting if this is cobomba... but this plant is rooted in crushed coral, oyster shell and beach shells in this pic...

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