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Getting back in the hobby, looking for ideas

I got started with aquariums in about 8th grade, became completely obsessed for a few years but was pretty burnt out by the time I graduated. A year later and I'm itching to give it another go, but without the insane multiple tank syndrome which I think is what did me in the first time - too much too fast.

Anyway, I just picked up a 40 gallon breeder (Petco $1 per gallon sale going on now) and am envisioning a lower tech planted setup.

In the past I've kept larger central and south american cichlids, clown loaches, bichirs, and a planted community tank with tetras and such. For the new rig I think I want to go with a low maintenance biotope with an interesting centerpiece. I like eartheaters, but I think the tank is a bit small for a good sized group. Dwarf crenicichla have always interested me and I've never had the opportunity to keep them. I've also been admiring hillstream loaches.

Suggestions? I plan on keeping a log of the 3D background-making process and whatnot so I can start a journal once the tank gets up and running.
thanks in advance, I'm going to dig out my old issues of TFH

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Try a low tech planted cichlid tank ? Have to wait for plants to grow in before adding the cichlids; its an uncommon enough combination to be interesting. Have a good plant/fish ratio also minimizes the need to constantly monitor water quality for the cichlids. Can experiment with plants that use bicarbonates and thrive in hardwater, partially off setting the need for CO2.
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Be sure to research if you take the cichlid/plant route. That could be a frustrating loosing battle if not prepared. Find out what two will work for what you may want.

I would definitely try something different than last time. This helps minimize the boredom and will motivate you a bit to stick with it. Google search a few tank images that may be along the lines of what you envision and let your imagination go wild from there.

Over the past year or so, I have been more and more excited to kick my fishkeeping up a notch. Its been frustrating for me because all I have done is design and research with nothing to show for it yet besides collected components. I keep postponing and postponing do to priorities but I think within the next week or two, I will get underway finally. Looking at all the gorgeous aquascaped tanks is what keeps me motivated to do my own thing. Hopefully you can get a little inspiration by viewing other tanks as well.

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