Here is one of my favorite tanks. It's very low maintenance. I don't add any co2, ferts, or excel to this tank at all. I run 96 watts 50/50 actinic/10,000k.
Lake Tanganyika has some awesome fish that make for an interesting community in smaller tanks. There are lots of cool shell dwellers that don't need much space and live their entire lives in/around the shells. They live in the shells, raise babies in the shells, bury the shells, and move the shells. Their aggression level is about the same as an amazon dwarf cichlid... and in some cases less.
I have 5 eels(2 plagiostoma and 3 ellipsifers). They stay under 12" and are very intelligent.
I wasn't able to capture everything as my camera started to make things blurry. I will finish taking pictures soon.
I've obviously added some very out of place fish. Most of the inhabitants stay at the bottom and i really wanted something that would inhabit the top of the tank as well. I didn't want these guys to be flashy as they are nothing more than accessories.
altolamprologus compressiceps "sumbu"
ancistrus species lemondrop
ancistrus albino blue eyed
emerald eye killies
full tank shot... this is the best picture i could get of a plagiostoma. He's the eel on the right
Here's my favorite eel in the tank. He's an ellispifer with spots instead of bands.
Here's a banded ellipsifer in his favorite spot. He sits in there with his head hanging out watching the world go by. He's typically more out than in. He doesn't really hide in there.
Here's a similis peeking out from his shell
Here's another peeping tom