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Arrow wschalle's 58 Gallon Garden [Updated 10-25-08] - Update: New Full-Tank Shot

Ok folks, I now have most of this tank set up, so I figured it would be a good time to start a journal.

Here are the vitals:
58 Gallon Oceanic tank
Eheim 2238 Ecco filter w/outflow kit
200 Watt Marineland Visi-Therm heater
75 lbs Seachem fluorite
Red Jasper stone

The tank has been up for two weeks and is mostly cycled, ammonia is at 0, nitrite is at 1 ppm and decreasing.

Plants:
Aponogeton spp. unknown
Italian vals
Chain swords
Crypts
Purple Cabomba
Rotala Indica
Diandra
Ludwigia (repens?)
Hemianthus C.
Watersprite

There's one super balloon molly in there who has done an amazing job of cleaning up all the new plants. There are also tons of pond and Malaysian Trumpet snails.

I'm looking for some suggestions on what fish to put in this tank... I want a nicely balanced mix of top/mid/bottom dwelling fish.

I'll be adding CO2 as soon as my reactor and needle valve get here.

Now for photos:
Here is the tank when it was just filled. It's hardly even cloudy considering I didn't wash the fluorite... filled very carefully!


The apono was the first plant I put in there after sprouting the bulb in my 10G.


The pond snails found their new home to be a very romantic setting.


Full tank shot


Full tank, different angle


The super fat molly

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I think this will grow into a very nice tank. I love the Oceanic's tank proportions.


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What is the plant in the back, second from the right? The leaves have reddish underside. Looks great in that tank!

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What is the plant in the back, second from the right? The leaves have reddish underside. Looks great in that tank!
Its a variety of Ludwigia as far as I know...
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I'd like fish suggestions if anyone wants to plug their favorite fishes/combos...

I will definitely have otos and shrimps.
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I have a bunch of platys that will go great with that molly. At full size they will stay at the top especilly around feeding time as juvies they stay in the middle at pre juvie they stay at the bottom to not get eaten themselves. The good thing is that they already love each other as I see new fry every week.


This a is just a joke (unless you really want some).

Your tank has great potential once it fills in. I love the small crypts, but I am on a cyrpt kick right now.

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I have a bunch of platys that will go great with that molly. At full size they will stay at the top especilly around feeding time as juvies they stay in the middle at pre juvie they stay at the bottom to not get eaten themselves. The good thing is that they already love each other as I see new fry every week.


This a is just a joke (unless you really want some).

Your tank has great potential once it fills in. I love the small crypts, but I am on a cyrpt kick right now.
Hehe thanks, but I left platy breeding behind long ago... I love the crypts too!
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I cant decide whether to make this a showcase tank for discus ar angels, or a community... HELP!
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The tank is fully cycled, and the nitrites have reached 0 ppm.

I finally got some fish!

6 Corydoras virginiae
8 Otos

Hopefully the last of the CO2 equipment will come on Monday so I can start my EI fert regimen. Pics as soon as that's done.

The cories have settled in nicely... Here are some pics of them.

Aren't they cute?



And my cat Martin, tuckered out after a long night of fish gazing...


I can't decide between dwarf cichlids or angelfish next...
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The tank will be a beauty for sure. Nice cat

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Looking good! Congratulations and nice cat too!


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I love your new cories! They look awesome! I can't decide either between Dwarf Cichlids and Angelfish.
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Do dwarf cichlids. They give you a lot more variety especially if your not planning on breeding them. You can have tetras then. In my opinion, your stocking plan is much more flexible without angelfish. Great look though! Will be following it!

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Got a pair of blue rams. They're beautiful, and settling in pretty nicely. The male and female were very close for the first few hours, but now it seems they've taken separate territories... We'll see how they do. Pics tomorrow hopefully.
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Heres some shots of my new pelvicachromis signatus pair, and my blue ram pair. Theres also full tank shots.

I have added neon tetras as well as some bacopa and additional ludwigia and rotala indica.

Full tank:


Second full tank shot, faster shutter speed. Which of these looks better?


Male p. signatus hiding under my new driftwood arrangement:


Blue ram pair (not the best photos, if they are feeling photogenic I'll take better ones later.)


Female p. signatus displacing the rams.


The rams have mostly kept to the right side of the tank near the filter intake, and the p. signatus have yet to start acting like a pair.
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