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This is a pre-journal at this point, but I think that I have scored a pretty sweet tank to use for a new setup. My main intention for this display is to make a nice habitat for the new little group of Gymnogephagus labiatus that I scored back in July at the American Cichlid Association Convention in Oconomowoc, WI. Here are these little devils that I bought from a skilled Milwaukee-area fish breeder.



They came with locality information too, "Rio Olimar". I don't know any more specifics about the collection point, but I might be able to figure that out by asking around some more.

These things are awesome when they grow up into adults. Just look at this show fish.



I think that one might have placed in the show. I was immediately in love with these Gymnogeophagus cichlids when I saw them there. I had never really heard of them before and I understand that they are experiencing a lot of recent interest among hobbyists. They only grow to about 6" and have relatively mellow temperaments, so I think that a 75G will be a good match for a small group. At the convention I also caught part of the presentation by Scott Arney and Jeff Cardwell, Collecting in Uruguay, about the Southern South America habitats where these fish originate from. Uruguay is pretty far south and has an almost temperate climate. The pictures of the fish biotopes looked to me more like rivers in Wyoming than the tropical rainforest habitats that are more commonly associated with South American cichlids.

Here is a link to an awesome photo thread over on cichlid-forum.com with pictures of Gymnogeophagus and other fish along with biotopes in Uruguay.

http://www.cichlid-forum.com/phpBB/viewtopic.php?t=204862&highlight=

I want to put together a nice riparium planting for this tank. I might research plants to a certain extent, but I will for sure take some liberties with plants that aren't necessarily representative so that I can get a nice riparium layout. I do want to add some kind of shoaling fish that will be more or less authentic for the habitat for this Gymnogeophagus. I'll have more ideas and specifications in the next few posts. I need to work on getting the new tank here because it is still over in the next county.
 

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I used to keep a few different gymngeos (el norte, blue neon valentine), miss those guys some days.



Also kept them with red ceibals:



They love sand, and love to sift through looking for food. If you're going to try plants in the substrate, good luck!

edit: you can find some more info here.
 

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Nice fish! I admired the red ceibals there at the convention too--they were also quite popular and I saw a number of them.

This tank is going to have a broad sand bottom with maybe just a few stones. There will be a real full layout of riparium plants, but I might also include a few swords underwater planted in tank planters to brighten that area up with some greenery.

 

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I just read an interesting artical in TFH about collecting these awesome fish in Uruguay! I am glad you will be making this rough biotope riparium for these guys, I am sure they will love it! What riparium plants, if any, have you decided on yet? Good luck, and can't wait to see the thing up and running!
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Jake
 

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This should be a fun setup--nice and roomy.

I am still pondering the kind of riparium to do, but now I am leaning toward using some Cyperus umbrella sedges in combination with emersed, sprawling stems something like what I had going in my 50 last winter.

 

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A member over on cichlid-forum.com recommended Bryconamericanus or Astyanax tetras as possible companions for these gymnogeos. Thos kinds of fish aren't super pretty, but they will probably be plenty active and swim around a lot midwater.
 

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I don't have the tank yet and I haven't heard about it any more. I might have to consider a Plan B, but 75s aren't too hard to come by around here.

I have some great plants to use in this setup when I get it rolling. I think I also have spot figured out in the fishroom for it. It would have been nice to put a big display upstairs but with two tanks in our living room already we are literally and figuratively saturated.
 

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Really cool looking fish! Would be nice to have a larger tank for a rip to consider the larger fish. Hydro just how many tanks do you have?! It seems they are never ending! Can I ask a cheeky question? can we have a picture of your fish room just to see all the tanks in thier glory?!
 

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Thanks Luke. I really like these fish a lot too. With their cartoon-like bulbous heads and pouty mouths they are extremely cute.

I have about 18 tanks going right now, but I only ever have the time to manage two or three nice display setups at once. The rest are all plant and fish culture tanks in my basement fishroom.

Sorry I won't have any pictures of the fishroom any time real soon. It's a crowded mess! A reorganization of the fishroom might be a good mid-winter project.
 

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Sorry I won't have any pictures of the fishroom any time real soon. It's a crowded mess! A reorganization of the fishroom might be a good mid-winter project.
Lol, it's not a fishroom unless it's a crowded mess! I'm always interested in seeing a fishroom too, so it'd be cool if you posted a pic when you get around to cleaning it or you just stop being such a perfectionist.
 
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